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Variances required for Big Long Lake piers


The LaGrange County Plan Commission is notifying property owners in the Hartzell’s Subdivision at Big Long Lake that they are prohibited from placing piers along the shoreline without a variance from the LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals.

LaGrange County Planning Administrator Bob Shanahan told the Plan Commission Tuesday evening that a March 5 order issued by LaGrange County Circuit Court Judge VanDerbeck determined that the placement of piers along the shoreline would not meet the county’s zoning ordinance accessory use criteria.

“If you want a pier, you will need a land use variance,” Shanahan said Tuesday. He told the commission that he has received one variance application, but has already received calls that there have been piers already placed along the Indian Trail portion.

He said the county can request that the piers currently in place be removed.

The letter going out this week to property owners notes that the ruling extends to “all property located within Hartzell’s Addition and any placement of a dock/pier along the shoreline, adjacent to the Indian Trail.”