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Zoning OKs Palmyra development

A 14-acre tract south of Palmyra could soon see development, after the Harrison County Advisory Plan Commission gave a favorable recommendation to changing the zone from A-R to PUD (Planned Unit Development).
Heritage Engineering, the applicant, and DTC Investments, owner of the property on the west side of S.R. 135, between Renner Way and Buffalo Trace Road, initially made the request last month, only to have the plan commission table it. The commission wanted more specific information than was presented.
A revised plan presented Thursday night gained unanimous support from the commission. The Harrison County Board of Commissioners will have the final say, expected to come at its Feb. 20 meeting.
Bob Woosley of Heritage Engineering said they reconfigured the site and ‘greatly reduced’ the number of housing units planned for the far west edge of the property. By doing that, they moved proposed retail stores back from the road and added another out lot.
‘So we traded off residential for more commercial,’ Woosley said.
To help ease plan commission members’ concerns, as well as those of adjoining property owners, about the type of retail that would be allowed there, Woosley said the owners were willing to go with those types of establishments allowed in B-1 zoning with the addition of restaurants and mini-storage facilities.
One neighbor, who said she and her husband bought property off Renner Way because it is secluded, wasn’t concerned about the retail space, but she was ‘very upset’ about the apartments, which had been reduced from five units to two, that would interfere with her privacy.
Jim Klinstiver moved to give the request a favorable recommendation, provided the owner erect a fence and place a berm between the property and that of the neighbors.
Three other docket items, asking to have property in Washington Township zoned from A-R to I-2, were given favorable recommendations. Gordon Ingle represented the two land owners involved, Mulzer Crushed Stone, for two tracts, and Sharon Cannon, Leroy Cannon and the late Gilbert Cannon.
‘It could be many years before Mulzer does any work on these properties, but they wanted to go ahead and have them rezoned,’ Ingle said.
Eric and Jenise Rusby requested about 12 acres, on the northeast corner of S.R. 135 and Chevy Drive south of Palmyra, be rezoned from A-R to R-3 and B-2. Eric Rusby said the Palmyra Town Council had voted earlier in the evening to annex the property.
Blue River Services Inc. would like to build 24 apartments for senior citizens on the site, as well as erect a facility where it would maintain its transportation fleet.
The last public hearing item for the evening was initiated by the plan commission. It asks that several properties in the Lanesville area be rezoned from A-R to R-1. County planner Eric Wise said the request, if approved, would not permit single-wide mobile homes in the areas changed.
The Lanesville Town Council supports the rezoning. Herb Schneider, board president, said he was surprised how much land there was in the town limits that was still zoned A-R.
‘The main reason we’re wanting to do this is because of the mobile home clause,’ Schneider said.
All of these zoning change requests will be heard by the county commissioners later this month.
In other business, four special exception requests were given favorable recommendations and will be heard by the Harrison County Board of Zoning Appeals on Feb. 23. The requests were:
* Quicksilver Resource to install a 1200-horse power compressor and a building for the compressor at its facility on Melview Road.
* Annette Beasley for a family medical practice in New Middletown.
* Tony Troutman for an auto repair business at the intersection of S.R. 11 and Rehobeth Road.
* Norma Ferree for a preschool at the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in Elizabeth. (This docket also will request a variance from the BZA to reduce the front-yard setback.)