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County BZA approves subdivision for new home in Jackson

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The Porter County Board of Zoning Appeals agreed 4-0 to allow LaPorte resident Lora Wilczynski to build a home on her parents’ property at 915 North County Road 400 East, in Jackson Twp.

Wilczynski said she wishes to reside there to take care of relatives.

Neighbors turned out to the BZA meeting Wednesday asking if subdividing the property would open the possibility of more homes being built there in the future, which they worried would take away their privacy.

“We enjoy our seclusion,” said Dave Kellogg who lives with his wife Deborah south of the Wilczynski property. He said he did not want to see the back end of the property divided into two five-acre lots which would abut his property.

“We like things the way they are,” said Deborah Kellogg.

Neighbor David Daley said he moved from Illinois nearly 20 years ago to get away from the traffic and stress of an urban area. Being told that “nothing is going to be there” is why he bought his property.

“The neighborhood is nice. The properties are nice,” said Daley.

Brenda Harrison who lives to the north said her issue is the length to which the property extends and she has concerns about drainage.

Wilczynski said the house would be built on near the pond on a portion of the property which is farther away from the neighbors than the distance they are from each other. The house would be one story with windows facing the pond and not the neighbor’s houses.

The soil at the site has been tested and produced good readings, she said.

She would also extend the current driveway to the new house.

Speaking on the concern of more development in the future, BZA attorney Scott McClure added that if Wilczynski were to divide the property into any more lots, it would require a full review by the Plan Commission including drainage testing and engineering plans.

“It would be nearly impossible to do further splits,” McClure said.

McClure said the only reason a variance is needed is due to an existing shed that is too close to the property line and that the back edge of the property is less than the 330-foot width requirement.

BZA member Marvin Brickner said he looked at the shed and said it could be torn down to eliminate the need for a variance.

Other board members said they agreed the house would be far enough back that it would not be visible to the neighbors.


Posted 5/22/2014