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Corydon planners cautious on billboards, subdivision

The Corydon Planning and Zoning Commission gave an advertising firm permission Monday night to change a couple of highway billboards and gave preliminary approval to developer Steve Hoehn for his plans for a 34-acre subdivision on S.R. 337 south of town.
Raymond Lady, representing Outdoor Advertising Corp. of Bloomington, asked for permission to remove two billboards facing the town parking lot off Chestnut Street and put them on the back of a billboard on Herman Miller’s property on S.R. 62 in west Corydon and another on the back of a billboard facing north on S.R. 135 opposite Quality Inn (formerly the Best Western Old Capitol Inn) in north Corydon.
The billboards facing the town parking lot are on the Knights of Pythias building that was gutted by fire several weeks ago.
The plan commission told Lady that, although the sign at the Miller site probably predates planning and zoning, it would not approve more billboards there because town zoning ordinances forbid them in residential areas.
Lady asked if he could remove the two signs from the municipal lot and place them on the back of the signs on S.R. 135, facing south. That area, owned by Marvin Miller, is zoned for business. The plan commission approved that idea.

Plan commission chair Dr. Len Waite said the commission is now rewriting zoning ordinances, and billboards probably won’t be allowed in town. The planners hope to have the new ordinances adopted later this year.
At a public hearing, developer Steve Hoehn, represented by engineer-surveyor Paul Primavera, was given permission to proceed with plans for his Southern Heights Subdivision on S.R. 337 about a mile south of Corydon.

The plan originally called for 36 lots, but two of them will be developed separately because they will have driveways that access onto S.R. 337.
Primavera said the subdivision has been approved, with some concerns, by the county highway engineer and health department and the soil and water conservation district. The subdivision will need a water main and fire hydrants, septic system monitoring and/or alternative septic systems, and the road leading to three cul-de-sacs that goes over sinkholes in the natural karst topography terrain will require special attention, especially since the subdivision road that provides access to all 34 lots will eventually become a county road.
Two neighbors expressed their concerns. Doug Henricksen, who lives across 337 from the subdivision site, said he’s concerned that new residents will eventually complain about his working poultry and cattle farm. “There will be noise and smells. Will I end up fighting for my livelihood?” he asked.
Primavera and Hoehn assured him that those facts of life would be made clear in restrictive covenants that any new subdivision residents would have to sign.
Joy Wolfe said she’s concerned about safety, particularly the two driveways that come out on S.R. 337. She said when she gets her mail there, the visibility on that stretch of the road is very poor.
“Even when we cut back the banks?” asked Hoehn. Wolfe said, “It’s better.”
The state highway department has looked at the site and assured the plan commission that Hoehn’s plans are all right.
Hoehn and Primavera will return next month to ask for final approval.