The Chesterton Board of Zoning Appeals conducted a preliminary hearing and
the Plat Committee also met on Thursday.
In the BZA case, Robert and Kathleen Nickless, of 1067 Birch Trail Drive,
care of contracted engineer Charlie Ray, sought approval at a preliminary
hearing to request a variance that would allow them to construct a six-foot
tall fence adjacent to a public right-of-way. Ray said that the back of the
Nickless property abuts a sidewalk along South Fifth Street, and the
requirements for fences adjacent to public rights-of-way dictate that such
fences be no taller than four and a half feet.
Ray reported, and Board President Richard Riley also noted, that a homeowner
near the Nickless property received a similar variance in the past. Ray said
that the only requirement on the part of the Nickless’ is that they sign a
release form accepting responsibility for any costs associated with removing
or replacing the fence in the event that it must be taken down to make
repairs in the right-of-way.
The Board opted to hold a public hearing for the case at its next meeting,
In other business, the Plat Committee convened for a brief discussion
regarding a minor subdivision by Southshore Development Group LLC.
Southshore has plans to construct a minor subdivision on a one-acre property
between Wabash Ave. and Grant Ave. The property, zoned multi-family
residential, is one-acre that will be divided into four lots for duplexes.
Charlie Ray appeared on behalf of Southshore as Town Engineer Mark O’Dell
reviewed the primary and secondary plats for the division of the property.
O’Dell found everything to be in order with both plats, and the committee