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Porter Town Code regarding allowed uses, since current Code has an outdated,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
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.
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.