WARSAW — During the regular monthly meeting of the Kosciusko County Area Planning Commission Wednesday, Aug. 3, in Warsaw, the APC recommended approval for vacation of a platted easement off Bouse Drive on the north side of Sechrist Lake in Tippecanoe Township. It is located in the second addition to the Springbrook Park subdivision. Steve Snyder, attorney representing petitioners Judd and Nancy Mason, said the small strip of acreage is not a public way but a platted easement. He added there is a state statute allowing the county commissioners to vacate platted easements.
Snyder noted the original plat says the easement only exists for the benefit of the subdivision lot owners, none of which currently use the easement because they already have access to the lake. The Masons are having a new home built and are requesting the vacation, to be considered now by the commissioners Aug. 23.
A public hearing was held concerning adoption of an amendment to the county’s sign ordinance. It has been discussed off and on for several months and was recommended for approval by the APC. There was no public input and the amendment will be considered Aug. 23 by the commissioners.
There was some discussion about how the ordinance would be enforced. Matt Sandy, assistant planning director for the county, said the amended ordinance would allow the county to properly enforce it. He said the biggest change involves temporary signs and now all signs, not just those pertaining to real estate, will be covered.
And the APC granted approval for Seymour Midwest to have a hearing before the county board of zoning appeals to ask for a one-time exception to allow a commercial auction house on property zoned industrial. It is located in the Southgate Industrial Park, south of Warsaw off Country Club Road.