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Porter Planners and BZA face six public hearings Wednesday

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Porter zoning boards have six public hearings between them Wednesday night at the town hall, 303 Franklin St.

The Porter Plan Commission also will conduct a preliminary hearing for TA Operating LLC d/b/a Travel Centers of America on the south side of U.S. 20. The company is asking to erect two billboards adjacent to Interstate 94.

At a special time of 6 p.m. the Board of Zoning Appeals convenes. Two preliminary hearings open the meeting: Charles Welter is seeking a setback variance at 1915 Dudley, and John Rooney of 580 Pinecrest Dr. seeks permission to have a 4-foot fence in the front yard.

If the petitions are in order, future public hearings will be set.

The four BZA public hearings begin with Cheryl Meier of 2829 Lakewood Tr., who wants to build a garage with upper-level office on one side of her home and an art studio addition on the other. The project requires setback variances on both sides.

Dan Paniaguas of 1040 W. Beam St. wants to join his neighbors who previously received BZA permission to build pole barns larger than their homes. Paniaguas requires two variances, one to build an 80- foot by 50- foot accessory building and the other to construct it 24- feet tall when 18 feet is allowed.

Tilden Enterprises Inc. at 340 Lincoln St. wants to raze its long-time inventory storage building after constructing a new facility.

The new structure would be 42 feet by 90 feet with an attached 60-foot by 56- foot office. The size necessitates a variance to reduce the 20-foot rear-yard setback to 4 feet 6 inches. The project also requires an additional public hearing later Wednesday before the Porter Plan Commission.

The BZA’s fourth and final public hearing is for Brian Marx of 445 Franklin St. He is seeking a variance to build a 6-foot tall fence on the Hageman Avenue side of his corner lot, which is considered a second front yard.

The Plan Commission will convene at 7 p.m. or if delayed, immediately following the BZA.

If the TA billboard request’s paperwork is in order, the commission will set a future public hearing.

The commission’s first public hearing Wednesday seeks comment on proposed changes, which are on file at the town hall, to town zoning regulations regarding fences. Tilden Enterprises Inc. needs commission approval to combine its six lots at 340 Lincoln St. into one lot of record.

Both boards will hear reports from staff and take comments from the audience about non-agenda matters as the respective meetings begin.


Posted 7/14/2014