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November 26, 2013

BZA denies special use request

Property owners need to apply for zoning variance


“The first use is for us as a family,” Michelle Devore said. “We want to get back to nature.”

She said Young Life meets once a week for Bible study and that the kids like the outdoor setting.

Greg Valentine, Green Township trustee, said the property is one of the most beautiful areas in the township. He did raise concerns about flooding and the need for construction of a septic system on the property.

Westerfield said drainage and septic permits have already been approved for the property.

In other business, the BZA approved a variance for Charles and Barbara Claus to construct a barn for miniature horses on six acres on County Road 1000 South.

Charles Claus said they plan to construct their primary residence on the property within the next two years.

BZA members raised some concerns about flooding on the property flowing across the road.

The barn and house will be constructed on the back of the property and the drainage issues should be resolved, a surveyor for Claus said.

BZA member Bill Hobbs said the board has approved several of these requests in recent years, but the residential dwelling was never constructed.

Hobbs made a motion to deny the request, but it failed for the lack of a second.

The variance received provisional approval from the board with the condition that Claus returns to the BZA in November 2015 to show that a house has been constructed or begun and when it would be completed.

Follow Ken de la Bastide @KendelaBastide on Twitter, or call 640-4863.

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