The Burns Harbor
Plan Commission set the Westport Development primary plat for public hearing
and discussed an ordinance related to the use of shipping containers at its
confirmed in a letter to the Plan Commission that Holladay Properties, the
master developer on the mixed-use town center development planned for the 32
acres across Ind. 149 from the Town Hall, submitted the primary plat and
construction documents on July 2 and made revisions based on Global’s
feedback July 23.
Global had asked
for additions to the drainage report and for the inclusion of documents
showing restrictive covenants and easements on the property. Global noted
two issues: Lot 16 noted on the plat has a lot depth to width ratio larger
than Town Code allows, and a turn planned in the plat has a slightly smaller
turning radius than Town Code allows.
approval of the primary plat contingent upon Holladay dividing Lot 16 into
two lots and Holladay noting its previous approval for the turning radius in
the plat documents. Plan Commission President Eric Hull noted Lot 16 will be
subdivided further anyway for townhomes down the line and that the turning
radius in question varies from Code only very slightly and accommodates the
Town’s emergency vehicles.
Hull said both
issues should be resolved and the Plan Commission will be updated before the
public hearing. The Planners unanimously voted to set the plat for public
hearing at its next meeting, Monday, Sept. 14.
In other business,
the Planners discussed an ordinance amending the text of chapter 15 of Town
Code regarding storage and the use of shipping containers in Town.
Attorney Mike Brazil and Planner Sarah Oudman reported on changes. Per the
proposed ordinance, shipping containers would be allowed in business park
districts, residential/commercial 2 (RC2) districts, and special use
districts (only where the special use is not primarily residential).
Containers would not be allowed in the front setback or landscaped areas of
properties, parking or fire access areas, alleys, or public rights-of-way.
A container used
for commercial use or construction would require a permit that is valid for
one year and costs $250, which is the sum of $200 for a permit and a $50
inspection fee. Moving pods would be allowed in all districts for up to 10
days and would not require a permit or fee. Violators of the proposed
ordinance would be subject to fines ranging from $500 to $2,500 and the Town
would retain the right to remove the container, at the violator’s expense,
after a third violation.
Planners asked how
this new ordinance would be enforced at Arcelor Mittal, where numerous
contractors have shipping containers on site. Building Commissioner Rob
Wesley said he’ll mainly be checking that containers are on the job site
they were planned for and not infringing on neighboring properties. The
contractors at Arcelor Mittal will each be allowed one container and
responsible for their own permits and fees. The Planners agreed the Mill
will not be exempt from the new ordinance, though enforcement on the
property may be difficult.
wrong with sending Mittal a letter telling them what the new regulation
requires and telling them that we’re going to come out and check on things
if they don’t work with us,” Hull said. “This isn’t a grab to go try and
make some extra fees. It’s more for everywhere else in Town that has the
problem,” he added.
“The main thing
about the Mill is, if we go to enforce it anywhere else, people are going to
go, ‘Well what about the Mill?’”, Planner Jeremy McHargue said.
The planners voted
unanimously to set the proposed ordinance for public hearing at its next
meeting, Monday, Sept. 14.