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Luke Oil car wash back on BZA agenda

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The Porter County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday will continue a discussion on whether to approve a variance for the proposed car wash facility at the Luke Oil station at the corner of U.S. 6 and Meridian Road in Liberty Twp.

The board voted to table the request 5-0 last month as members objected to placing the car wash to the south, near U.S. Hwy. 6.

Member Rick Burns expressed concerns that traffic might back up onto U.S. 6.

BZA members asked Luke Oil construction manager Mike Zell if the car wash could be moved to the north of the parcel, saying there would still be room for a new convenience store.

Zell agreed to return to the board with new plans.

Luke’s Oil property was recently rezoned to Moderate Commercial Intensity.

Also on the agenda, Jeffrey Jirtle of 252 West U.S. 6 in Liberty Twp. requests to renew his variance allowing operation of a landscaping and excavating business and a contractor’s store yard. The property is zoned Rural Residential.

The BZA will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 of the County Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso.


Posted 4/16/2013