Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 8, 2013

Planning panel makes recommendation

The Batesville Advisory Plan Commission decided what to do Oct. 3 about a proposal to accept Chateau Boulevard and Shelley Avenue issue was tabled.

Last month several members were concerned because Chateau Boulevard stopped abruptly instead of having a cul-de-sac so large emergency vehicles could turn around.

Attorney Henry Pictor, representing the neighbors, passed out a Chateau Commons plat to BAPC and Batesville Board of Zoning members that was recorded Dec. 8, 2008. It stated, “This plat meets all minimum requirements” in Indiana Code 36-7-4 and was signed by the Batesville Board of Works Dec. 4, 2004, and city building commissioner Tim Macyauski Dec. 4, 2008, and also BAPC President David Raver.

“The plat has all necessary approvals,” Pictor maintained. “For you to now come back and say you want something else to be done I think is not due process. Chateau Boulevard does come to a dead end, … but … it was inspected and approved.” He observed other Batesville subdivisions have dead ends. The attorney said a cul-de-sac “might be nice, but is that fair to these folks?”

Raver clarified, “We did not deny adopting it as a city street. We discussed it. No action was taken.” He explained BAPC would make a recommendation about accepting the streets to the city council, which has the final say.

Raver said first BAPC gives overall approval for a mixed-use unit development plan, then phases must be OK’d as details are worked out. He recalled that initially, a physicians clinic was supposed to be built across from Chateau of Batesville. Planned apartments were actually constructed as duplexes.

According to Mayor Rick Fledderman, “The original plan … was for Ivy Tech to be located there” so the dead end street would have been expanded into a college entrance. “Right or wrong, I think we’re obligated … to take these streets over ... I don’t think it’s fair to the residents to be penalized” because plans changed.

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