BBZA storage units

Batesville Board of Zoning Appeals members (from right) Luke Kaiser, Paul Hardebeck (a BAPC member appointed to BBZA for this meeting only due to two BBZA absences) and Ken Wanstrath look over storage units plans proposed by Tim Schrank and Adam Weberding.

On April 4, the Batesville Advisory Plan Commission granted primary approval for Creekside Development, a 64-lot subdivision west of the Kroger shopping center on 25 acres that would be developed by Charlie Gillman and Luke Pierson and completed in three phases.

On May 2, the subdivision received secondary and final approval subject to Tim Macyauski, the city’s director of operations, who oversees buildings and streets, agreeing to retention basin plans. BAPC President David Raver reported at the Oct. 3 meeting, “After that meeting, Charlie changed his mind about what he wanted to do with the retention basin. In June we rescinded that approval.”

Recently the city’s Technical Advisory Committee to the BAPC studied updated basin plans. According to Raver, “Tim is comfortable with everything that was raised in tech review.”

So BAPC was ready to consider final approval for Phase 1, which includes 20 lots. Further development will required a separate OK.

For the third time, Jeff Talkers, Land Consultants, Lawrenceburg, vice president, was there to ask for three variances: reduce the required road surface width from 24 feet to 22 feet, eliminate the underdrain where the storm drain is installed, and allow the retention basin to be constructed and/or reduced for just Phase 1 and not the entire development.

BAPC voted to approve the three variances and secondary approval.

Each lot in Creekside Development will be about 70 feet wide. Houses will be between 1,200-1,500 square feet and priced at under $200,000, Pierson noted at the April 4 meeting. Homeowners will enter the subdivision on the Northside Drive section between the motel and shopping plaza.

Following that meeting, the Batesville Board of Zoning Appeals mulled a variance request.

Tim and Tessa Schrank and Adam and Brittany Weberding wanted to construct 46 W Storage LLC at 1120 State Road 46 W. behind Schrank’s Integrity Tool building.

The six buildings would contain about 200 storage units of multiple sizes. The first phase with 104 units would be operational late this year.

Underground water retention for the whole project would be installed upfront. The new business would be fully fenced with lighting, security cameras and the same look as Integrity Tool. The main entrance would be west of the current building.

Raver, who also presides over BBZA, said, “What we are being asked to approve tonight is for all roadways to be gravel.” The storage units are an allowable use in the Business-3 area.

Tim Schrank reported the decision to have permanent gravel was “strictly driven by cost.”

Member Ken Wanstrath, whose family owns New Point Stone Co., said, “I would like to make a professional statement. I don’t think you or your customers will be happy with stone gravel because it takes maintenance. You’ll have chuckholes that will fill with water. That will be a nuisance” unless maintained.

Adam Weberding said of Integrity Tool, “His building looks nice. We want to maintain that nice look in the back.”

Raver read a letter from Victoria Creeger, 1106 State Road 46 W., who lives adjacent to the property. She asked if there would be a privacy fence around the facility. Schrank answered a privacy fence would be constructed on the east side and across the back, “primarily where the residences are.”

Creeger wrote, “Dust is a concern. Is there anything that can be done to keep this to a minimum?” Schrank pointed out the storage units drive would not be a county road with drivers going 40 miles per hour on it. “Will there be dust? Absolutely. What we’ll do about it I can’t say.”

Raver confirmed, “Traffic will be limited and slow.”

Member Luke Kaiser suggested selecting a product with minimal dust. Wanstrath advised, “In order to get the proper surface,” the stone needs to be compacted.

Creeger asked, “Will old property left by patrons be disposed of in a timely manner?” Both Schrank and Weberding nodded.

Of the variance request, Raver observed, “There’s gravel every place.” Some of it was constructed before the city ordinance mandating pavement. Batesville’s soccer and baseball fields and Batesville Monument all have gravel lots. Recently BBZA allowed Crum Trucking to expand a parking lot using gravel, and blacktopping was not required at D&D Tractor.

Issues to consider are the amount of dust, visibility from roads and cost, the president said. “Where appearance is important” gravel might not be approved. He observed a less impervious surface “probably aids in all the stormwater issues we seem to constantly have.”

If there’s a complaint about dust, owners would be approached for a remedy, Macyauski reported.

The developmental variance passed on all four factors and was granted.

BBZA also OK’d a request by Modern Real Estate to permit a job site trailer for at most one year at Depot Square, apartments that will be built in an existing building already containing RomWeber Flats between Depot Street and Park Avenue.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-717-3113.