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.
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.
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.
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
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
“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.