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Couple plans 18-lot subdivision off S.R. 135

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners is expected to hear two requests — one for a major subdivision and another for a zoning change — approved earlier this month by the county’s Advisory Plan Commission at its next meeting, Monday, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
The commissioners are also expected to act on a zoning ordinance amendment the plan commission approved.
Russell W. and Jacqueline Mosier want to put 18 residential lots on 30.76 acres on the west side of Old S.R. 135 between S.R. 135 and Wiseman Road a couple miles south of Corydon.
Engineer-surveyor Paul Primavera made the presentation for the Mosiers, who have named the subdivision Southwind Estates, at the Aug. 2 plan commission meeting. The minimum size for single-story homes would be 1,500 square feet.
The plan commission unanimously approved the request provided the Mosiers add statements to the plat that some property owners may share responsibility for sinkholes that lay on more than one lot, and that septic systems be placed on the same lot as the home they are for or that lots be combined to accommodate the septic system. The Mosiers must pay half the cost of putting up a fence between the 30-plus acres and adjoining property owners if the other property owners want a fence.
The zoning change request was made by Larry L. Rikard, who intends to reopen the Stagecoach Restaurant on U.S. 150 west of Palmyra. The property is currently zoned A-R, but Rikard wants it rezoned B-2.
Rikard, who has 10 years experience in food concessions, plans to open the restaurant next month with daily hours of about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The request was unanimously approved and will be heard by the commissioners on Monday.
The zoning ordinance amendment approved by the plan commission is designed to give the plan and zoning office better authority to enforce violations.
The amendment, which was approved unanimously by the plan commission, allows an appeal process to the Harrison County Board of Zoning Appeals.
“Most places I know of any more have adopted this type of ordinance,” said Terry Smith, planning and zoning administrator.
The plan commission also gave favorable recommendation to several special exception requests, which will be heard by the BZA at its next meeting, which is set for Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Those requests were for:
* Furniture manufacture at 475 S.R. 462, Corydon, made by Judith Lawson;
* Commercial kennel at 10970 School Lane, Palmyra, made by Alice Gettelfinger;
* One-chair beauty salon at 14875 Michelle Lane, Palmyra, made by Virgina Kirkham, and
* A 300-foot cell tower at 1045 Heth Washington Road, made by Crown Castle.
In other matters, the plan commission rescheduled its October meeting from the first Thursday to the second Thursday to avoid conflict with a two-day conference scheduled in Jeffersonville.

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