By Maggie Kenworthy
Ink Free News
WARSAW – During the Kosciusko County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting held Tuesday, May 11, Purina Mills received approval to expand parking areas at the facility.
The variance request made by Purina Mills would permit the expansion of the employee and trucking parking areas in a front yard at the company’s Milford faciltiy. The rear yard where parking lots are typically located butts up against the railroad tracks.
Debra Hughes, civil engineer for Marbach, Brady & Weaver out of Elkhart, was present to represent the request. She explained that the employee parking would be located in the grassy rectangular piece of land located on the property. The truck parking would be located on the southeast side of the adjacent field that is west of the buildings.
Area Plan Director Dan Richard said the technical committee requested some green screening in the form of landscaping exist between the parking areas and CR 1350N. Hughes stated that Purina Mills would be willing to comply with this.
The request was unanimously approved.
The board also heard a modification request to the North Webster Family Express case from last month. The property owners ran into an issue when dealing with IDEM, regarding the creek behind the property.
IDEM classifies much of the grassy area and some of the old REMAX building, 740 S. Main St., as a wetland. This means that the property owners are not able to disrupt the grassy area. In the plan proposed last month, some of this area was designated as parking spaces. While Family Express is ready to start construction ASAP, the permit application process through IDEM to construct in this area would take several weeks.
Attorney Steve Snyder presented a modified plan that would decrease the proposed number of parking spaces down from 41 to 31. He stated that he believed this would be more than adequate considering that most parking will take place at the gas pumps and that the business would allow food orders to be made through the gas pump menu and employees would bring the orders out to the vehicles.
“Tell them to make sure that hamburgers aren’t as good as Chubbie’s or we’ll have a Dunkin’ Donuts on our hands,” joked Chairman Lee Harman, referring to the many traffic issues involving the Warsaw Dunkin’ Donuts location.
The board unanimously approved this modification.
In other news, the board:
- Continued an exception request made by Luis Armando Rios, 220 South CR 250E, Warsaw, to allow an oversized accessory building in a residential district. There were questions regarding whether this building was going to be used for business purposes and Armando Rios was not present.
- Approved a variance request made by Sterling Seery, 30 EMS T24 Lane, Leesburg, to allow the construction of a detached garage within 5 feet from the east side property lone and 10 feet from the right-of-way.
- Approved a variance request made by Brent and Cynthia Vautaw, 3508 E. Forest Glen Ave., Leesburg, to permit the placement of a shed within 13 feet from the south right-of-way and two feet from the west right-of-way. They also requested to allow a fence to remain as placed, which was closer to the right-of-way than previously approved. The board approved the shed placement as long as the fence was altered to allow a beveled corner at the intersection per the highway department’s request.
- Approved a variance request made by David Ash, 57 EMS T34 C Lane, Leesburg, to allow a residence addition three feet from the west property line. Contractors are remodeling the home and changing the roof pitch, which will involve adding on a gutter and drainage materials.
- Continued an exception and a variance request made by Chad Fox, 51 EMS B14 Lane, Pierceton. The requests would allow a unit in a non-conforming seasonal mobile home park to remain as constructed and replace an existing shed. The home and deck are built 10 feet, 10 inches from an adjacent trailer to the west, 10 feet, nine inches from a trailer to the east, seven feet, five inches from a trailer to the south and 5.75 feet from the roadway. The case was continued so that Fox could get a proper survey done of the boundary lines and come up with a replacement plan for future units.