approves special exception
Cathy May, Contributing Writer
There was a full house at the Board of Zoning Appeals
meeting Tuesday, April 24. They were there because of the application
by Larry and Joyce Volz to permit the 92 additional campsites at
the Delaware Campground. But, if they expected to speak, they went
BZA President Maureen Sheets told the audience the public hearing
on the application was held last month and there would be no more
public comment. The application had been tabled awaiting septic
approval. Since septic approval had been received, a motion was
made by Roger Lang to approve the special exception. The vote was
4 to 1 in favor. The dissenting vote came from Denessa Benkie.
It was explained that once the sewer installation was complete it
would be inspected by the Board of Health. If they feel it is not
installed satisfactorily, the Board of Health will close the facility
until they are satisfied.
Kenneth C. Lewis applied for a variance from the required acreage
for a private landing strip from 80 acres to 55 acres. Jeff French,
surveyor, spoke on behalf of Lewis. The property is located between
county roads 700N and 750N along County Road 600E.
French explained that Lewis wanted to take 7 1/2 acres off the main
acreage to create a building site. Although the land is adjacent
to the landing strip, any home built on the site would have to be
at least 200' from the strip.
The board had some safety concerns but voted 4 to 1 to approve the
application. The dissenting vote came from Maureen Sheets.
Gary Williams applied for a variance on a remainder lot from 345'
to 293'. When he took off a two acre tract to give to his son to
build on the remainder he was 52' short of requirements. The board
voted 5-0 to approve his request. The property is located on County
Road 300N in Osgood.
The final agenda item was a request by Douglas and Regina West who
applied for a variance to permit construction of a pole barn on
their property at 200S Co. Rd. 174W in Versailles. The board approved
the application 5-0.
All five board members were present: Maureen Sheets, Roger Lang,
Andy Scholle, Michael Baker and Denessa Benkie. Attorney John Ertel
and Planning Director Tad Brinson were present to advise the board.
The next regular meeting of the Ripley County Board of Appeals will
be on May 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissioners Room of the Ripley
County Courthouse Annex.