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Porter planners will continue discussing use variances next month

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The Porter Plan Commission heard updates on the new zoning ordinance at its meeting Wednesday night, and changes are still in the works.

Town Planner Jim Mandon and Building Commissioner Michael Barry have proposed changes to Porter Town Code regarding allowed uses, since current Code has an outdated, incomplete list of allowed uses that applies to all property in Town.

Mandon reports this has resulted in the Board of Zoning Appeals hearing requests for developments that arenít unique but need to go before the BZA because they also arenít expressly allowed in the Code. Itís ideal for the BZA to only step in to rezone property or make exceptions in special cases, according to Mandon.

Proposed changes include scrapping the list and sorting allowed uses into corresponding appropriate zones. At last monthís meeting, the Commission directed Plan Commission Attorney Laura Frost to begin drafting a new zoning ordinance based on Mandon and Barryís recommendations.

Mandon reported there are some uses that he thinks should only be allowed with a Planned Unit Development (PUD) because there would be no way to determine whether or not the use would be detrimental to neighboring properties unless the Town has some sort of site plan to review. Barry said discussions about the requirements of the new ordinance are still ongoing with Frost at this time.

In other business, the Commission also confirmed Fox Chase Developmentís request for a third replat of the Summer Tree PUD. The request was approved last month but clarified Wednesday night to include that the Town's right-of-way on Tower Lane is 30 feet instead of the usual 60 feet.


Posted 9/20/2019




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