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Zoning approval allows RV sales at former Cindico on S.R. 135

A request to expand, as well as modify, an existing Planned Unit Development was approved unanimously last week by the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission, although the couple who was granted the original PUD claim they still own part of the property described in the docket.
Richard A. and Cindy Young, who opened Cindico in 2002 on S.R. 135 north of Mauckport, contend they hold a mortgage.
‘We have a date in court to prove this and the paperwork to prove it,’ Richard Young told the plan commission Thursday night.
The plan commission had tabled Mark Adkinson’s request last month for the zoning change, from A-R to Planned Unit Development, and modification of the PUD because it was unclear who owned the property.
Elizabeth Swarens, the board’s legal counsel, was not at the November meeting, but last week she said the property designated in the docket was not in the lawsuit the Youngs have with River City Bank.
‘Even if it was, it doesn’t affect your ability to act on (the request),’ she said. ‘You’re just deciding … if the property is appropriate for development for what’s being proposed.’
Adkinson’s request would add an additional 3.14 acres to the 1.86 acres in the PUD. He would also erect two more mini-warehouse buildings and add 25 feet to an existing storage building. Adkinson’s intent is to have a RV sales business at that location.
‘Whatever you do is only in my favor,’ Young said.
Plan commission member J.R. Eckart said he was in favor of approving the request now, since it appeared Young didn’t mind the change.
‘Last time, Mr. Young was not in favor of the PUD,’ Eckart said. ‘Now he’s stating he’s in favor … Sounds like now that both parties are in agreement and want the same thing.’
Realtor Greg Albers, who has the property listed through Century 21 Champion, said it would be better to approve the change and get something in there, rather than have the building sit empty.
Eckart made the motion to approve the request, and Carl (Buck) Mathes seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Two special exceptions were given favorable recommendations last week and will be heard by the Harrison County Board of Zoning Appeals at its Dec. 15 meeting. (The BZA meets in the Commissioners Room of the courthouse at 7:30 p.m.)
The requests were made by Trisha Yeager, who wants to have a retail business at 1965 Smith Campground Road in Dogwood, and Louisville Gas and Electric Co., for a compressor facility near Cedar Farm at Laconia.
A new attorney for the plan commission and the BZA was also approved last week. John Evans will succeed Elizabeth Swarens, who is taking sabbatical while she and her husband, Charles, travel to Africa for two years of mission work. (See related story, front page.)
Evans, who has 14 years of law experience, was approved by a 5-3 vote. Eckart, Mathes and Tom Bube voted against hiring Evans, preferring the other applicant, Shawn Donahue, who has 2-1/2 years of law experience.
‘It’s been enjoyable working with you,’ Bube told Swarens, who replied that she had ‘learned a lot’ from the plan commission since taking the position as the board’s attorney in January of 2001.
Evans will take over as legal counsel Jan. 1.