WARSAW — The ongoing case of James Plummer, who has petitioned the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals multiple times, appeared again during the regular monthly meeting of the BZA Tuesday, Aug. 8, in Warsaw.
Plummer has a pole barn in which he operates The Property Company LLC in the Woodland Acres subdivision on the north side of CR 1200N, east of Woodland Acres Drive in Turkey Creek Township near Syracuse. The property is zoned residential, but Plummer had previously been granted an exception by the BZA to operate the business.
Matt Sandy, assistant planning director for the county, noted the outside storage, a source of frustration for many of the neighbors, was “definitely a violation” and triggered the hearing Tuesday. The BZA denied the petition for outside storage and more parking, saying only a company vehicle will be allowed to park on site and no outside storage will be allowed.
Neighbors have also complained about multiple employees because it was their understanding only one employee was to be allowed on site for the company. Sandy noted, though, it is “tough to prove” the number of employees and Plummer’s attorneys presented some evidence to the contrary. “We have to be able to prove it to the court,” Sandy explained.
Other agenda items included:
• Theodore Woolums was granted a variance to permit the construction of a new residence on EMS B4 Lane in Tippecanoe Township.
• Alan Price’s petition for a variance to allow a shed to remain as placed without a permit on 11th Trail in Tippecanoe Township was denied. The BZA feels the shed is too close to a property line and one neighbor noted they could not even park their car next to the shed because there wasn’t enough room to open their car door to get out.
• David Cruea’s petition for a variance to allow a shed to remain as placed was tabled until the Sept. 12 meeting to allow him time to look at other options for the location of the shed. The property is on EMS B40E Lane in Tippecanoe Township.
• Craig Teagle was granted a variance to place a shed 3 feet, not half a foot as originally requested, from the east property line on EMS B61 Lane in Tippecanoe Township.
• Greg Snavely’s petition to allow a residence in an existing commercial building on CR 800N at the intersection with SR 13 in Tippecanoe Township was tabled until the Sept. 12 meeting to give him time to remove the outside storage from the property, a condition from a previous hearing.
• Virginia Mcilroy was granted a variance to construct a new residence on Pickwick Park Drive at Lake Wawasee in Turkey Creek Township.
• Alan and Chrstine Gunkel were granted a variance to allow a shed to remain as placed on EMS B61I Lane in Tippecanoe Township.
• Claywood Event Center was granted a variance to allow two horse carports, used for an area to tie up horses, on CR 1100W, north of CR 1350N in Scott Township.
• Duane Springer was granted a variance to construct a residence accessory building on Sycamore Hill Lane at Diamond Lake in Seward Township.
• John Crick’s petition for a variance to reconstruct a residence on Crow Road, east of Crowdale Drive in Turkey Creek Township, was denied. The BZA felt the type of structure would not be compatible with the neighborhood and there were remonstrators against the petition.