Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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September 10, 2013

Planning panels' decisions delayed

Sometimes city planning decisions are easy, but on other occasions past facts that factor in to yes and no votes are murky. Of three Sept. 5 agenda items, one was tabled by the Batesville Advisory Plan Commission and another application for the Batesville Board of Zoning Appeals was withdrawn at the last possible moment.

A petition submitted by the Chateau Commons homeowners’ association asked that Chateau Boulevard and Shelley Avenue be accepted into the city’s street system. BAPC needed to send a recommendation to the Batesville council and board of works about the request. According to attorney Henry Pictor, representing the owners, “The developer is out of the picture. The homeowners’ association doesn’t own any land and doesn’t have any money.”

BAPC member Kevin Chaffee asked if the private streets “have underdrains, 7 inches of pavement, storm sewers and utilities?” Tim Macyauski, director of operations for building and street departments, said yes. BAPC President David Raver reported, “The road is up to (city) code.” The issue is it dead-ends at vacant lots so there is no way for large vehicles, such as fire trucks, to turn around.

Mayor Rick Fledderman asked who owns the lots where a cul-de-sac could be constructed. Main Street Capital Investments was Macyauski’s guess.

Member Tony Gutzwiller was concerned about public safety with the lack of any kind of turnaround. “If we take it over, is the city going to put it in?” Chaffee felt homeowners there should make the improvement before the city accepts the street. Fledderman recommended tabling a decision because “we’ve got some other things going on with this property that we need to get clarified.” Clerk-treasurer Ron Weigel said, “The property may have not gotten recorded.”

Jerry Ertel, owner of Gotcha Covered paintball store, asked BBZA for a special exception variance so he also could purchase precious metals at 1030 State Road 46 E.

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