One business will expand while another is planning for the future after action taken by the Batesville Advisory Plan Commission and Batesville Board of Zoning Appeals Dec. 5.
Applicant Cecelia Taulbee wanted to operate a child care business at 104 Fitch Ave.
She explained, “I’ve been licensed for 35 years in Batesville in my home” at 67 EGS Boulevard. “My next opening is in 2021. I have a couple parents who are expecting,” so she wanted to grow the business at the second location. “The house is really nice. It’s a nice neighborhood. I would put up a fence.” Employees could use the two parking spots behind the garage while parents could park in front for dropoff and pickup.
BAPC President David Raver clarified, “A day care home can be allowed in any district. There’s no need for a variance or any special approval. We just have to approve it,” which the commission did.
Taulbee said she will seek a second state license for a day care home for at most 12 children. She added, “The state allows me to have three before and after school kids, 15 altogether” and that same maximum over the summer.
According to Raver, “The license must be issued by the state” and monitored.
Taulbee currently employs four at her home and expected to add two employees at the Fitch Avenue day care.
Dunlap Building Materials manager Mark Fullenkamp submitted an application to subdivide the property located at 213 W. Pearl St. across from its office and retail outlet at 13 S. Smith St.
Raver noted, “This motion will require two things, a variance by the Batesville Board of Zoning Appeals because they are splitting the lot,” resulting in two lots smaller than the square footage required by a city ordinance. Then BAPC would have to approve subdividing the lot.
Fullenkamp proposed that one lot containing a rental home be sized at 5,800 square feet and the other with a garage used by employees to bend metal be 3,740 square feet, both smaller than the city’s minimum 7,200-square-foot lot size.
Raver said existing lots in the older neighborhood that were platted before the city ordinance took effect were all over the board — 3,900, 4,400, 5,500 5,600 and 6,000 square feet. He concluded, “There are a number of homes in this area (with lots) that are equal to or smaller” than the proposed lots.
The developmental variance was approved by BBZA on four factors by 5-0 votes, so BAPC OK’d the subdivision.
Members also eyed city finances at the meeting.
As part of the Tax Increment Financing process overseen by the Batesville Redevelopment Commission, “the law allows a review and adjustment of the base values of the properties that are in the TIF district,” said Clerk-Treasurer Paul Gates. “The planning commission needs to agree that this conforms to the comprehensive plan. ... This is the first time it’s ever been done in the 10 years we’ve had TIF.”
Richard Zeigler questioned, “What’s the purpose” of the declaratory resolution?
Gates reported when the incremental values of properties rise, the different amounts between the base and increased property taxes are placed in Batesville’s TIF funds. But when property taxes decline for certain lots, that can affect the district negatively.
At the Nov. 21 Batesville Redevelopment Commission meeting, Gates detailed a decrement analysis of the I-74 TIF district completed by consultant Reedy Financial Group, Seymour. About 10-20 lots within that area have decrements (gradual decreases).
The resolution states Batesville’s base will be set at a lower amount to account for the decrements. The lots will remain in the district, but be revalued. Once that happens, Reedy estimated the city would receive an additional $50,000 or so annually — $20,000 from Franklin County and $30,000 from Ripley County.
The Batesville Advisory Plan Commission decided the TIF resolution did conform to the comprehensive plan. The city council voted positively as well (please see article on page A4). Next BRC will finalize the process in a public meeting.