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Two clear first hurdle on subdivision plans

Two men wishing to rezone property on Crandall-Lanesville Road cleared the first hurdle last week when the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission voted 5-2 to approve the request.
Danny Bodner and Darryl Nasief asked Thursday night that the property, owned by Steve Cline, be rezoned from A-R to R-1.
An older structure on the 13-acre tract is located about 150 feet off Raymond Road.
County planner Eric Wise said the new zoning, if approved by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners, would exclude single-wide mobile homes.
Bodner and Nasief eventually would like to divide the property into eight or nine lots for homes. Houses would be all brick with a minimum of 1,200 square feet.
Neighbors expressed their concern about the entrance to the proposed subdivision, as well as motorists’ safety on Crandall-Lanesville Road.
They were reminded by the plan commission that the issue at hand was land use.
‘However, there’s a lot more involved with this than just changing zoning,’ said plan commission member Tom Bube, who is also the county surveyor.
Most plan commission members said they believed the location was suitable for R-1 but were unsure about the feasibility of a subdivision.
‘The emotional issues about having more homes in an area don’t come into play (at this time),’ said Victor McCauley, who chairs the plan commission, ‘but safety does.’
Bube moved to approve the zoning change; Adrienne Rich seconded the motion. Carl (Buck) Mathes and Joe Martin voted no.
The county commissioners will hear the zoning change request at their Nov. 21 meeting.
McCauley informed the residents that if the zoning change is approved, the applicants would have to come back before the plan commission with a detailed plan of how they intend to develop the property before a subdivision could be located there.
Another zoning change request was tabled Thursday night because the plan commission was unsure who owned the property where the old Cindico gas station and food mart is located on S.R. 135 north of Mauckport.
The docket listed the owner as River City Bank, but Richard and Cindy Young, who opened Cindico on Oct. 1, 2002, contend the only mortgage on the property is in Richard’s name.
The property is still in litigation, Richard Young said.
‘We don’t want any change in the property,’ he said. ‘The property’s been sitting like it is now for over a year (when it closed). Surely you can wait until this is settled.’
The Youngs said they are suing the bank, which has a restraining order against the couple.
An attorney at the meeting, who said he represents the bank said, ‘There’s no question the property we’re here for is owned by the bank … Obviously, we wouldn’t be here wasting your time and our time if we didn’t own it.’
Elizabeth Swarens, legal counsel for the board, was not at the meeting, but Wise offered paperwork from a sheriff’s sale to help determine who owns the property.
The plan commission unanimously opted to table the request until they had legal advice.
In other matters last week, the plan commission:
* Recommended to the county commissioners a zoning change, from I-1a to A-R, for Owen’s Machinery Inc. on Fogel Road. A parcel there had been incorrectly changed in 1996.
‘This is just a simple matter of housekeeping,’ said McCauley.
Plan commission member J.R. Eckart abstained from voting because he is employed by Owen’s.
* Gave a favorable recommendation to Leslie Allen’s request for a temporary mobile home at property in the 3000 block of Lazy Creek Road. The BZA will hear the request at its next meeting, which will be Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Harrison County Court House.
* Requested the planning and zoning staff advertise the position of legal counsel. Swarens is resigning. Applications will be taken until Nov. 16. Plan commission members asked the staff to stress that the attorney is expected to attend the plan commission as well as BZA meetings.

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