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July 30, 2013

Potential business in Jeffersonville can’t recycle past

Zoning officials deny request that was approved in 2008



The most common reason for the plan commission to offer an unfavorable recommendation was cited as spot zoning — -where one property is zoned to fit a specific use in contrast to the surrounding use of the other properties.

Plan Commission Member Brent Roberts explained that the issue with spot zoning extends beyond the specific plans presented Tuesday night. If the rezoning is approved, the property can be resold or developed under any of the acceptable uses in the new zoning classification.

Roberts said his concern for some of the properties to be rezoned were “what it could be ultimately.”

Among the requests that were viewed as spot zoning were requests from: Sprigler Concrete Co. to rezone a lot on Coopers Lane where it would construct a contractor’s office on more than five acres; a home health business that is already in operation, but failed to request the zoning change on Eighth Street; and Industrial Air Centers Inc. which filed a request to rezone a portion of the adjacent property where the business is already located in order to expand the business. All of the requests were met with unfavorable recommendations for the zoning change and will be passed along to the Jeffersonville City Council for a vote.

One request was given a positive recommendation to rezone a property at 2004 Utica Pike from low density residential to low density multifamily residential. Kevin Guernsey, who plans to redevelop the property into a duplex, would be allowed to put four units in the existing property, but assured the plan commission board and the neighbors only two units, which would carry a high-end price tag, would be developed at the site.

“The fact is [the property] has been vacant for four years,” said Plan Commission Member and City Councilwoman Connie Sellers. “It doesn’t do the neighborhood any good to have a house that is falling apart. I just see this as a better option than letting it sit vacant.”

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