Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting 08/12/2019

screen shot 2019-01-15 at 9.46.35 amThe Charlestown Planning and Zoning Commission held a meeting and public hearing on Monday, August 12 at 6:30 pm. Following is a summary with full audio of the meeting:

  1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Determination of a Quorum and Roll Call – Members present were Bill Resch, Darrell Stidham, Zach Payne, Ben Ledbetter, Brian Hester, and John Spencer. Also in attendance was Building Commissioner Tony Jackson and Matt Duncan on behalf of City Attorney Michael Gillenwater
  3. Approval of prior meeting’s Minutes
    • Motion to approve made by John Spencer
    • Second made by Darrel Stidham
    • Unanimous Approval
  4. New Business
    • Public Information Meeting – Mongold Annexation
      • This is the third of three required informational meetings on this proposed annexation.
      • Kevin Young, land planner, spoke on behalf of the Mongold family about the Skipper’s Ridge proposed subdivision as a part of the total annexation of 1,808 acres. He said the total land includes the Charlestown State Park with 16 total parcels of land.
        • He gave a visual presentation of the maps for the proposed development. It is currently zoned A1 and R2. He said that this will be approached from a PUD standpoint.
        • 5 acre property with intent for a Planned Unit Development for mixed-use. A small (2.2 acre) area is proposed for neighborhood commercial development on Highway 62.
        • 336 total lots in the total development phased over several years. 39 acres will be open/green space for neighborhood parks.
        • Utilities
          • Power is Duke and REMC
          • Pump station will draw down 62. Originally they thought they would go into a manhole on Monroe. After evaluation they’ve decided it is better to move it to the existing lift station.
          • Water – could be either IAW or Marysville, Otisco, Nabb Company, or possibly Watson Water.
        • John Spencer asked the city attorney to explain the total annexation. Matt said that the existing lines along 62 do not meet legal requirements that will allow annexation so they had to extend the area to include the state park. He said this annexation will not affect management of the park.
        • Brian Hester asked questions on behalf of a person who raised concerns at the city council meeting. He said there has been concerned over the 50ft wide lots. Mr. Young said that he has seen a demand for this size lot (and smaller). Mr. Hester said safety of turning on and off of Highway 62 is another concern. Mr. Young said they have met to discuss this issue and the state will require a turn lane into the subdivision. John Spencer mentioned that the state will require them to do what is best.
        • John Spencer asked about their marketing studies. Mr. Young said they have not gotten to that point yet.
        • Darrell Stidham asked if there will be restrictions for the neighborhood and Mr. Young confirmed it will be a restricted neighborhood. Mr. Stidham asked if the board could impose any specific restrictions. Mr. Young deferred to the city attorney. Tony Jackson said that the board can address framing, types of structures, and other features.
        • Tony Jackson addressed concerns about drainage. He said it is currently under county codes and that the county is not as restrictive as the city. He said city codes mandate that drainage will be slower than what is allowed in the county.
        • Darrell Stidham asked about the timeline. The city attorney said that the city council will have a public hearing on this annexation on Sept 3. On October 8 they will hold the second and final reading of the ordinance. There will be a three month remonstrance period that will expire in January. Assuming no remonstrances it will take effect April 2020.
        • John Spencer made a motion to allow public comment on the annexation. Motion was carried and the floor was opened for public comment. Ben Ledbetter mentioned that other developments by this group have been high quality.
    • Public Information Meeting – Balmer Annexation – removed from the agenda
  5.  Adjournment
    • Motion to adjourn made by Ben Ledbetter
    • Seconded by John Spencer
    • Unanimous approval

Audio (20:20) Available here:


Author: Treva Hodges

Resident of Charlestown, Indiana. Advocate.

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