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Planners want more info on proposed subdivision, retirement community

Two zoning change requests ‘ one that would pave the way for a subdivision and the other for a retirement-type community ‘ were tabled last week by the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission.
Frank Fey Sr. and Frank Fey Jr. asked Thursday night to have about 85 acres on Flatwood Road, north of New Salisbury, rezoned from A-R to R-1. Jason Copperwaite, of Paul Primavera and Associates Engineers and Land Surveyors Inc. in Corydon, made the request for the father-son team.
If the zoning change is approved, Copperwaite said they will return to the plan commission with plans for a subdivision that would probably include one- and two-acre lots with a few three-acre lots. He submitted a letter from the Palmyra Water Co. stating that it could supply the additional homes with water and adequate fire protection.
The Fey property, about one mile west of S.R. 135 on the south side of Flatwood, is near an existing subdivision, Moores Landing.
‘That area is turning more residential all the time,’ said plan commission member J.R. Eckart.
Plan commission member Charlie Crawford, who lives near the proposed acreage, and several Moores Landing residents expressed concern about additional traffic on Flatwood Road, which was to have improvements made to it when Gil Bezy developed Moores Landing. Through negotiations, Bezy was released from doing the original improvement plans, but Eckart, who chairs the Harrison County Board of Commissioners, said he thinks Bezy and county commissioner James Goldman are working on enhancements to the road.
‘I don’t see how we could base approval or deny (the Feys’ request) based on’ Moores Landing requirements, said Larry Ott, who was reelected last week as vice chair of the plan commission. (Ott conducted the meeting in the absence of Victor McCauley, who was reelected chairman.)
‘I for one am not willing to make this (zoning) change unless we get a commitment from the county or the developer that they’re willing to make some improvements (to the road),’ said Crawford. ‘I just think it’s too much traffic to be out there for that road.’
Frank Fey Jr. said he was willing to look at Flatwood Road with Darin Duncan, the county engineer, to see what would need to be done to improve the road.
Crawford’s motion to table the request until the plan commission has more information passed unanimously.
Robert L. Hollis’s zoning change request was also tabled unanimously until Hollis could provide more information. He asked to have 15.2 acres on the northwest corner of the intersection of S.R. 62 and Gethsemane Road rezoned from A-R to a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
Copperwaite, who made the presentation for Hollis, said an existing house on the property would be left there and up to 18 duplexes would be constructed on the property as ‘a retirement-type community.’
The units, one- and two-bedroom apartments with carports, would be rented to senior citizens, Copperwaite said. Hollis would live in the house and serve as property manager. A recreational facility with a basement that would serve as a storm shelter would also be built on the property.
‘I believe this is a calling,’ said Hollis. ‘I believe the community needs something like this.’
He said he would offer activities for the renters to participate in and provide shuttle service for them.
Eckart, who lives about a half mile from the proposed site, said he would rather see the entrance to the community on Gethsemane Road, rather than S.R. 62 as Hollis is proposing.
He also said the plans Hollis presented last week were ‘too vague.’ Eckart specifically wants to hear more about lighting, fire protection and protective covenants.
‘I’ve written down nine items I feel are important,’ Eckart said in moving to table the request to allow the plan commission time to discuss Hollis’s plans at its next work session, which is set for Jan. 20.
Also last week, the plan commission heard four special exception requests. Three were passed on to the Harrison County Board of Zoning Appeals with favorable recommendations. Applicants are Steve Geswein, for a trucking and truck repair facility, on the Corydon-Ramsey Road; Teresa Blankenship, a fireworks store at the intersection of S.R. 135 and Lopp Circle Road, and David Hinkle, mini-warehouses on East Whiskey Run Road.
A request by Martin and Brenda Kemp to place a second mobile home on their property on Turkey Farm Road was forwarded to the BZA with no recommendation.
The BZA meets on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Harrison County Court House.
Plan commission member Jim Klinstiver was reappointed to serve on the BZA. Eckart said one or two more people are needed to fill vacancies on the BZA.
Harrison County Extension Agent Adrienne Rich was welcomed to the board, replacing Tom Casper, who had been serving in Jerry Dryden’s place since he retired in 2003.

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