Zoning Ordinance Challenged By Salvage Operation

Among the agenda items considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting this morning was one by Daniel Stuckman Jr. The petition asks for an exception to allow a change to a non-conforming salvage area by allowing it to expand south by building a 60×84 commercial building primarily for inside storage on property zoned residential.

The property is located on Koher Road East, south of Promentory Point in Turkey Creek Township. Dan Richard, area planning director, noted Stuckman was represented by an attorney and questions were raised about the interpretation of the county’s zoning ordinances, so the petition was tabled until the April 9 BZA meeting. “We are going to seek our own attorney’s opinion,” Richard said.

In other business, the BZA granted approval to Mike Herdrich for a variance to permit construction of a residence addition 18 feet from the road right of way, and also at an elevation not high enough to be considered out of a flood zone. Richard said a condition attached to the approval was the understanding the construction work will take place below the required flood elevation level. The property is on Cassandra Drive, east of Venetian Drive in Turkey Creek Township.

Also on the agenda:
• David Davidsen was granted an exception to allow a residence accessory building to remain on land without a residence in a residential district on EMS D25 Lane, Dewart Lake, in Van Buren Township. Since Davidsen has “cleaned up the property” and indicated he will have a residence there within two years, the approval was granted, Richard noted.
• Doug Eby was granted an exception to allow construction of an oversized accessory building on EMS W25 Lane at Webster Lake in Tippecanoe Township.
• Douglas and Patricia Brzinski were granted a variance to allow residence additions to remain as placed even though not meeting setback requirements. They still must pay the fees associated with building permits. The property is on South Barbee Drive, west of SR 13 in Tippecanoe Township.
• And Patrick Trippel was granted an exception to convert an existing residence into an accessory building and combine it with a principle residence across the street. The property is located on EMS B61I Lane in Tippecanoe Township.

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About Tim Ashley

Tim Ashley, associate editor for The Mail-Journal, has been with The Papers since March 2004. He edits articles for The Mail-Journal, as well as several other publications of The Papers. Ashley also covers Wawasee school board meetings, activities at Wawasee High School and Wawasee Middle School and monthly Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission meetings. A 1996 graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in journalism, he lives in Goshen. Staff Writer tashley@the-papers.com

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