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Two couples get favorable zoning recommendations for businesses

Two couples got favorable recommendations for zoning changes at this month’s meeting of the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission.
Eric and Jenise Rusby had their property at 845 Main Street in Palmyra approved for rezoning from B-1 to B-2.
Eric Rusby said they hope to get a Subway restaurant franchise.
“There is a need in Palmyra for a sit-down restaurant,” he told the commissioners at their June 6 meeting.
Rusby said customers at other eateries in the area have to wait 30 to 45 minutes to get their food.
“There are people who work (in Palmyra) who don’t have that much time,” he said.
Rusby came prepared with a letter of support from the Palmyra Town Council for the change in zone.
Rusby’s request got a unanimous favorable recommendation from the board.
Kevin and Karen Scharrer got favorable recommendations to rezone three parcels of property in New Salisbury — at 1575 S.R. 64, 1585 S.R. 64 and 7945 S.R. 135 — from A-R and B-1 to B-2.
The Scharrers own and operate the Dairy Dip restaurant, a car wash and movie rental at those locations. The businesses were “grandfathered” because they existed prior to zoning, but the Scharrers wanted to have the land properly zoned.
“I’m very happy to see this A-R disappear myself,” said Jim Klinstiver, the vice chair of the plan commission, adding that the zoning change eliminated any A-R along that strip of businesses from the traffic signal at S.R. 135 to the west along S.R. 64.
The commission unanimously gave the request a favorable recommendation.
(Both the Rusby and Scharrer requests were approved by the Harrison County Commissioners at their meeting Monday night.)
In other matters June 6, the plan commission gave a favorable recommendation to several special exception requestions, which will now be considered by the Harrison County Board of Zoning Appeals at its June 27 meeting. (The meeting takes places at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Harrison County Court House.)
Those requests receiving favorable recommendations were made by:
* Town of Mauckport, for a town hall to be erected on the north side of River Road between Beech and Main streets.
* Charles Larry Brear, for an auto repair and tractor restoration business at 4140 Nadorff Road in Morgan Township.
* Blue River Services Inc., to expand its adult rehabilitation center at 14495 Huff Street in Palmyra.
* Town of Palmyra, to expand its sewage treatment facility at 14700 McCracken Road in Morgan Township.
A request by Clark Levell for a log home storage and finishing business on the north side of Hancock Chapel Road between S.R. 135 and Crawford Road was passed on to the BZA with an unfavorable recommendation. The plan commission said Levell already has a site approved for the same type of business that is not surrounded by residential homes.
The BZA will hear three other requests at its June 27 meeting: One by James G. Klinstiver to create a lot without road frontage behind 10050 Old Dam 43 Road in Taylor Township; another by Trumond and Jewell Massie to reduce the front yard setbacks for Lots 112 and 113 in the eastern addition of Bradford, and a request by Marchetta Dowdle to create a lot without road frontage at 5191 Georges Hill Road in Franklin Township.
Also during the June 6 meeting, the plan commission discussed the “Planned Employment Center District” at the Lanesville interchange on Interstate 64.
The PEC District was identified during the interchange study as the area that would lie between the “highway service” area, the area closest to the interchange, which typically includes businesses such as service stations and restaurants, and the recommended residential platted subdivisions farther out from the interchange.
The planners agreed to use time at their work session Thursday to formulate an outline for presenting the PEC District to landowners in the area plus other concerned residents.
Near the end of the meeting, planner Jerry Dryden asked if the plan and zoning staff has a budget for 2003 ready to submit to the Harrison County Council.
Terry Smith, the county plan administrator, said he had not received the forms yet, although they are to be submitted July 1. He added that the PEC District concept is “too important not to spend some money to present it properly.
“We need to build into our budget some money for these types of things,” he said.
The plan commission’s next regular meeting will be July 11, rather than July 4, due to the national holiday. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the courthouse.