Among the agenda items considered by the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular monthly meeting Thursday in Warsaw were two petitions by the North Indiana Conference United Methodist Church. The BZA normally meets the second Tuesday of each month, but since the second Tuesday fell on Veterans Day the meeting was rescheduled to Thursday.
Both petitions involved split rail fencing to be installed along Wesley Lane at Epworth Forest in North Webster. For the most part, the 5-foot tall fencing will be 2 feet away from Wesley Lane except in the middle section where the road narrows, it will be 4 feet off the road to allow room for people to walk, said Matt Sandy, assistant planning director for the county. He also noted there will be no fencing installed along the south side of Wesley Lane.
In other business, Joe Hinrichs was granted a variance to build a new residence 25 feet from the south right of way and 25 feet from the east right of way on Waco Drive at the intersection with Waco Point Drive in Turkey Creek Township. This would create an undersized tract of ground, but Hinrichs was able to obtain permits for septic and well service and also presented a letter from the Turkey Creek Regional Sewer District stating there would be sewer service within two years.
Also on the agenda:
• Juan and Eric Parra were granted a variance to build a 20 x 40 accessory building on an existing concrete slab where a previous building burned on the right of way on North Street at the intersection with CR 1350N in Van Buren Township. As a condition for approval, there will be no access off the south right of way.
• Todd and Dawn Mikel were granted a variance to permit construction of a residence and detached garage on Eastshore Drive, north of Cornelius Road in Turkey Creek Township.
• Dennis Pressler’s petition for a variance to permit the construction of a residence addition on EMS D15 Lane, west of CR 500E, at Dewart Lake in Turkey Creek Township was tabled until the December meeting to allow him to prepare a better site plan.
• Two petitions from Central States Tower involving a communications tower along CR 1250N, west of Creek Bend Lane in Van Buren Township, were tabled until December to allow the company more time to get a signature from an adjacent property owner.
• Justin Bultemier did not appear at the meeting and his petition to allow a deck to remain as placed on Hatchery Road, south of Marine Key Drive in Turkey Creek Township was tabled until December.
• Carolyn Leckrone was granted a variance to allow a residence and deck to remain as placed on EMS C14 Lane at the intersection with Chapman Lake Drive in Plain Township.
• Troy Wallen was granted an exception for a home based business, a tree service, on CR 800W at the county line in Seward Township. It will be reviewed after one year.
• Jack Warren was granted an exception to allow decking and a wheel chair ramp to remain as placed and allow two apartments to remain in a commercial district on Calhoun Street at the intersection with Main Street in Claypool.
• Troy and Camille Bartel were denied a variance to allow a shed to remain as placed as it was determined there is no hardship involved on Jannie Lane, southwest of Warren Avenue in Seward Township.
• John Cole was granted an exception to allow construction of an oversized accessory building on Beachwood Avenue at the intersection with Grandview Drive in Prairie Township.
• Egg Innovations was granted an exception to allow scales and storage to be added on Mill Street, west of Market Street in Pierceton.