A Hebron resident
sought a use variance for a rural residential property at the Porter County
Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Wednesday night.
Richard Fishero c/o
Russell D. Millbranth sought a permanent use variance to operate a machine
shop from his rural residential property at 175S 675W in Porter Township.
The property contains two pole barns that house computerized numerical
control machines, and a derelict house. One of the pole barns was erected by
a previous owner who never received a building permit for it. Fishero
acquired the property in 2015, at which time both pole barns had already
been erected, and he was not aware of the discrepancy in paperwork.
graduate who’s been machining since he was 18--is interested in producing
medical supplies, including implants for broken bones, on the property.
Millbranth noted that Fishero has made investments upwards of $100,000 in
the machines on the property, and may seek financing to purchase more
equipment in the future. In which case, a temporary use variance could
prevent him from securing a loan.
A neighbor appeared
to show support for Fishero’s request, and confirmed that the buildings were
already up at the time Fishero acquired the property.
Brickner expressed concerns about allowing industrial activity in a rural
residential area. “We don’t like to see expansion in residential areas.
We’ll have to make restrictions on expansion,” he said.
The board approved
the use variance for the life of Fishero’s ownership of the property,
contingent upon Development Review Committee approval. Conditions are that
he employs only one person and maintains regular business hours of 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The variance is subject to review for
compliance in two years.