CITY OF HOBART BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS by uTeJnz

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									                                      CITY OF HOBART
                                 PLAN COMMISSION MINUTES
                                      JANUARY 12, 2006


Ms. Galka called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members present: Mr. Allen, Mr. Barrasas, Ms. Galka, Mr. Lindsey, Mr. Vinzant, Mr. Waldrop, Ms.
Walker, and Mr. Truchan. Members absent: Mr. Campbell. Also present Mr. Mendoza, City
Planning/Zoning Administrator and Ms. Respecke, Recording Secretary.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Ms. Walker made a motion to nominate Ms. Galka, seconded by Mr.
Vinzant for President; Ms. Galka made a motion to nominate Ms. Walker, seconded by Mr. Barrasas
for Vice-President; Ms. Galka made a motion to nominate Dave Vinzant, seconded by Mr. Lindsey for
Secretary; Ms. Galka made a motion to nominate Mr. Barrasas, seconded by Mr. Truchan for the Plan
Commission’s appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Ms. Walker made a motion to accept the minutes of December 8, 2005
as presented, seconded by Mr. Lindsey. All aye. Motion carried (8-0)

ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA: Mr. Lindsey made a motion to accept the amended agenda as
presented, seconded by Mr. Barrasas. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)


BUSINESS OF THE DAY


05-09 TABLED on 4/14/05; PUBLIC HEARING held 6/9/05: Petition for a 9-lot Subdivision
      (Woodridge Crossings) to be located on the south side of Old Ridge Road and west of
      Dearborn Street, zoned R-2, 3 acres.                       Judy Semplinski

Mr. Mendoza stated Ms. Semplinski had requested to be tabled as there were issues in obtaining
permits from IDEM.

 Mr. Allen made a motion to table Petition 05-09 until next meeting with the stipulations, Ms.
Semplinski be present and update the Commission as to what she is doing. Seconded by Ms. Walker
including all discussion. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

05-11A TABLED on 12/08/05; SITE PLAN REVIEW: Albanese Confectionary, 5441 E. U.S. 30
       for the placement of two additional storage containers, zoned B-3, 7 acres.
                                                                   James Dragon

Petitioner was not present. Mr. Allen made a motion to move Petition 05-11A to the end of the
meeting. Seconded by Ms. Walker. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

At the end of the meeting, petitioner was still not present. Ms. Walker made a motion to table Petition
05-11A, seconded by Mr. Lindsey. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)



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05-46 TABLED on 12/08/05; PUBLIC HEARING: Petition for a 3-lot Subdivision to be located
between Linda and Hickey Street, perpendicular to Illinois Street, zoned R-2, 3 acres.
                                                                    Terry Vaidik

05-46A TABLED on 12/08/05; PUBLIC HEARING: Petition to Vacate a portion of Platted
       Illinois Street, located between Linda Street & Kelly Street and north of Hickey Street,
       zoned R-2, 370 linear feet .                               Terry Vaidik

Petitioner was not present. Ms. Walker made a motion to open public hearing for Petitions 05-46 and
05-46A to remonstrators present at the meeting, seconded by Mr. Lindsey. All aye. Motion carried.
(8-0)

Mr. Mendoza stated this petition has been before the Plan Commission two other times for a 6-lot and
for a 9-lot subdivision and the petitioner now is asking to create a 3-lot subdivision. The previous
concerns of these proposals included, traffic and to vacate a portion of platted Illinois Street to achieve
the 3-lot subdivision.

Ms. Galka opened the Public Hearing.

CINDI LAHAIE, 150 NO ILLINOIS STREET, stated her concerns were taxes have not been paid
on the property since 2001 and that it is up for the next Lake County tax sale. Ms. Lahaie stated if
taxes are not paid, how can houses be built correctly. She is also concerned about the heavy machinery
using the street and destroying it more than it is now.

SKIP HANSEN, 200 KELLY STREET, stated his concerns were with the cul-de-sac increasing
more work for City workers, as far as snow removal and trash pickup, police & fire. He states with
vehicles coming out of the cul-de-sac, there is a blind spot where children using the path would not be
seen. He also stated concerns not only for the children, but senior citizens using the path between
Illinois and Hickey Streets. Mr. Hansen presented pictures of the area and also a petition with
signatures against the project. He also presented a petition from surrounding property owners against
the proposed subdivision. (Attached)

NABIL GANERMI, 3906 177TH STREET. HAMMOND, INDIANA is in favor of the development
Mr. Vaidik is proposing and would like to see Illinois Street go through. He has two (2) lots fronting
on Illinois Street.

JOHN NEELY, 228 KELLY STREET, 942-0090, is against the proposed subdivision. He stated he
thought it would be a possible health hazard. His opinion is that these proposed houses are not in the
best interest of the neighborhood. He thinks the neighborhood will no longer be quiet.

TOM BLANEY, 201 NORTH LINDA STREET, 942-2599, stated he could not tell by the drawings
if the western-most part of Lot 1 was part of the Hickey Street alley where utility lines are. His
concern is how utility vehicles will be able to access them.

Ms. Galka closed the public hearing.

Mr. Vaidik, upon arriving late, stated he presented his petitions as recommended and met the requests
of the Commission. Also, he said the traffic for construction would be on Hickey Street. He felt this
was the best option for this property.


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Mr. Vinzant asked Mr. Vaidik about the concern if there was a utility easement on Lot 1. Mr. Vaidik
stated there were no plans for one, and that the original plans showed a drainage easement. Mr. Vaidik
said he had relied on Krull Engineering to provide that information, but if it was missing, he would
supply it.

Ms. Galka stated she had an issue with this petition along with the previous petitions concerning
adding to the dangerous intersection of Illinois and Hickey Streets.

Mr. Lindsey asked about the potential of not vacating Illinois Street, and the possibility of dedicating
approximately 25 foot of front section by curb so sidewalks would be able to be installed for safety
reasons.
Mr. Allen’s concern was with the vacation of Illinois Street, property to the north would be land-
locked.

Mr. Lindsey made a motion to recommend to deny approval to the Board of Works , Petition 05-46A,
vacation of Illinois Street, seconded by Mr.Vinzant including all discussion. All aye. Motion carried.
(8-0)

Mr. Lindsey made a motion, seconded by Mr. Barrasas, to allow Petition 05-46 to remain open for a
lesser use, the public hearing for the benefit of the remonstrators in the audience. All aye. Motion
carried. (8-0)

Mr. Lindsey made a motion, seconded by Mr. Barrasas to table Petition 05-46 including all discussion.
All aye. Motion carried (8-0)

05-50 TABLED on 9/08/05; PRELIMINARY HEARING: Petition for a 42-lot Subdivision
      located at the northwest corner of Liverpool Road and 53rd Avenue, zoned R-2, 14.8 acres.
                                                                 Robert Chorak
                                                                 Earl Goldberg

05-50A TABLED on 9/08/05; PRELIMINARY HEARING: Petition to Rezone from a R-2 to a
       PUD, to be located at the Northwest corner of Liverpool Road and 53rd Avenue, zoned           R-2,
       14.8 acres.                                              Robert Chorak
                                                                Earl Goldberg

Mr. Lindsey made a motion to remove Petition 05-50 and 05-50A from the agenda, seconded by Mr.
Vinzant. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

Petition dismissed for want of prosecution.

05-52 CONSULTATION continued from 10/13/05: Petition for a 26-lot Subdivision (Heavenwood)
      to be located northeast of 3440 61st Ave. Southlake Worship, west of Turkey Creek and 900’
      north of 61st Avenue., zoned R-2, 25 acres.                Alex Thompson
                                                                 Dave Tiemens

Mr. Truchan stated he met with the petitioners and there are still concerns about some unbuildable lots
due to the ravine and steepness of the grade. Also, the Plan Commission continued to express
concerns for the duplex lots. The petitioners stated they would have to consider if this project was
economically viable is they were not able to have all the lots they anticipated.


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Mr.Waldrop advised that they continue researching concerns with the drainage into the creek and
check with Lake County, the City and Army Corp of Engineers
Mr. Waldrop made a motion to table Petition 05-52, seconded by Mr. Lindsey including all discussion.
All aye, Motion carried. (8-0)

05-54 TABLED on 1013/05; PRELIMINARY HEARING continued from 10/13/05 : Petition to
      Rezone from R-2, R-3 to PUD, (R-4), (B-3), to be located 1/3 mile north of the northeast
      corner of U.S. Hwy. 30 and Mississippi Street, zoned R-2, R-3, 200 acres.
                                                                 Robert Stiglich
                                                                 Suheil Nammari

Petitions were not present. Mr. Lindsey made a motion to remove Petition 05-54 from the agenda,
seconded by Mr. Truchan. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

Petition dismissed for want of prosecution.

05-55 TABLED on 1013/05; SITE PLAN REVIEW: St. Mary Medical Center Spectrum Building,
      1354 S. Lake Park Avenue, to install a curb cut and access road approximately 350’west of the
      northwest corner of Lake Park Ave, and 14th Street, on the north side of 14th Street, zoned PUD,
      0.37 acres.                                                 David Otte

Mr. Otte stated he proposed an access road cut off of 14th Street to access the Spectrum property to
help lessen traffic on State Road 51. Mr. Otte also stated there was a stop sign coming out of the
parking lot onto 14th Street.

Mr. Vinzant made a motion to approve the Site-Plan as presented, seconded by Mr. Barrasas including
all discussion. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

05-56 TABLED on 10/13/05; PUBLIC HEARING continued from 11/08/05, still open: Petition for a 6-lot
      Subdivision (South Lake Business Park) located approximately 250’ north of 80th Place, zoned
      B-3, 12 acres.                                           Nick Petrovski

Petitioner was not present. Mr. Waldop made a motion to table Petition 05-56, seconded by Mr.
Barrasas. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

05-58 TABLED on 12/08/05 ; PUBLIC HEARING scheduled for 2/09/06 : Petition for a 48-lot
      Subdivision (Somerset Addition), to be located west of Wayne Street, north of State RD 130,
      zoned R-2, 17 acres.                                      John Bullock
                                                                Bob Kaufman

Petitioners had previously planned to be at the February 9, 2006 meeting. Ms. Walker made a motion
to leave on the table Petition 05-58, seconded by Mr. Barrasas. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)


05-61 TABLED on 11/08/05 ; PRELIMINARY HEARING: Petition for a 4- lot Subdivision
      (Berndt Acres), located on the west side of State Road 51 and one mile north Ainsworth Road,
      zoned R-1, 39 acres.                                        Bob Berndt

Mr. Mendoza stated Mr. Berndt would not be at the meeting, but asked him to request to the
Commission to allow an existing driveway which is used to access to the barn on the west side of State
Road 51 to be used as an access for the lot he would like to create.
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Ms. Galka noted for the record, Mr. Berndt was in the audience.

Mr. Vinzant made a motion to remove Petition 05-61 from the table, seconded by Mr. Lindsey. All
aye. Motion carried. (7-0)

Mr. Lindsey asked Mr. Berndt is he owned the driveway. Mr. Berndt stated the existing driveway is
not owned by him, but on his niece’s property.

Mr. Berndt stated the price to improve 863 feet of driveway was very high. He was willing to
dedicated 60 foot to the City. Mr. Mendoza stated he was never given an amended plan and the
dedication alone would not meet the standards for development.

Mr. Vinzant stated he could not see how the Plan Commission could approve a request without putting
in place the entire plan and infrastructure. It would create many problems later on.

Mr. Vinzant made a motion to table Petition 05-61, seconded by Mr. Lindsey, including all discussion.
All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

05-62 PRELIMINARY HEARING: Petition to Rezone from R-2 to B-1, portion of 295 Wisconsin
Street (60’x127’ lot), located on common property known as the northeast corner of Wisconsin Street
and 3rd Street, zoned R-2, 0.17 acres.             Yvonne Chenault

Ms. Chenault, Family Video, stated the property is under contract. Lots 6 & 7 are already zoned B-1
and she is requesting the southern half of Lot 8 is currently zoned R-2 and would like it to be rezoned
to B-1.

Mr. Vinzant asked what the 65 feet behind the building would be used for. Ms. Chenault stated their
Engineers have been working with the City, and the lowest part of land is the southeast corner, so that
would be changed so the back 30 feet would be green area and the detention area would be on the
southeast corner so it would be changed to 35 feet. There would be no access to traffic. The building
will be moved back 30 feet and the entrance off Wisconsin Street would be back 30 feet also with
access off of 3rd Street.

Mr. Lindsey made a motion to set Petition 05-62 to Public Hearing, seconded by Mr. Barrasas
including all discussion. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

05-63 PRELIMINARY HEARING: Petition for a 2-lot Subdivision (Comfort Suites Addition),
      property tentatively known as 7575 Mississippi Street, located on the northeast corner of
      Mississippi Street and abandoned C&O Rail Line, zoned R-3, 2 acres.
                                                                  Satya Pal Singh

Mr. Singh stated he would like to build a Comfort Suite.

Mr. Lindsey made a motion to set for Public Hearing, seconded by Ms. Walker including all
discussion. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)


05-63A PRELIMINARY HEARING: Petition to Rezone from R-3 to B-3, property tentatively

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        known as 7575 Mississippi Street, located on the northeast corner of Mississippi Street and
        abandoned C&O Rail Line, zoned R-3, 2 acres.               Satya Pal Singh

Ms. Galka stated the Petition to Rezone Finding & Decision needed to be amended on 2A and E.

Mr. Singh agreed he incorrectly filled it out.

Mr. Truchan stated there is an issue with the detention pond area which was created by the County to
serve the TIF area. He states there is no way to get the water to that pond and has had some discussion
with the Petitioner.

Prior to the Public Hearing, Mr. Singh will have to address the drainage concerns. Also the
Commission determined that access to this property needs to be addressed.

Mr. Allen made a motion to set for Public Hearing, seconded by Mr. Vinzant, including all discussion.
All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)



05-63B SITE PLAN REVIEW: Comfort Suites Addition, property tentatively known as 7575
       Mississippi Street, located on the northeast corner of Mississippi Street and abandoned C&O
      Rail Line. zoned R-3, 2 acres.                                Satya Pal Singh

Ms. Galka stated this petition for Site Plan Review is not ready for discussion.

Ms. Walker made a motion to table Petition 05-63B, seconded by Mr. Lindsey. All aye. Motion
carried. (8-0)

05-64 PRELIMINARY HEARING: Petition for 2-lot Re-subdivision (Leonard’s Subdivision II),
      property commonly known as 1167 E. 10th Street, located on the south side of 10th Street and
      1200’ east of Linda Street, zoned R-1, 1.5 acres.        David & Alice Leonard
                                                               Sheryl Schmeler

Mr. Dave Leonard, 856 Main Street, 942-7270, stated he originally subdivided this property so his
children could build their homes on them and now one (1) lot is going to be sold. He wants to take 12
feet off the one lot he is selling and add to the other lot so he is able to access his property in the back
on 11th Street to mow and maintain.

Mr. Waldrop made a motion to set for Public Hearing, seconded by Mr. Barrasas, including all
discussion. All aye. Motion carried. (8-0)

CONSULTATION:          Development of property located south of the Rail Line, north of 69th Ave. east
                       of platted Iowa Street, zoned R-3, 37 acres
                                                                   Joseph Gent


Mr. Allen abstained.

Mr. Gent stated he would like to develop 27 of the 37 acres on 69th Avenue between Mississippi and
Colorado Streets consisting of 115-116 paired homes in a price range of $130,000 to $145,000. He
states he has a similar development in Waterside Crossings, on 109th Avenue, east of I-65 in Crown
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Point which has just been completed. He stated they intend to work with and meet all City standards,
streets will be dedicated to the City, along with improvements along 69th Avenue, extending the water
from 69th Avenue and Mississippi Street, and Merrillville Conservancy District will provide sewers.

. Additionally they have acknowledged wet lands to the eastern part of the property..

Lake County had platted Iowa Street with a 20 foot easement on their property and a 20 foot easement
on the adjoining property and while going through the process for this development, they would like to
have this vacated. Mr. Truchan stated Lake County had wanted Iowa Street connect to 61st Avenue
and access to U.S. 30 and that the City had no intentions of completing the plan.

Maintenance of the property would be the homeowner’s responsibility. The three (3) unit buildings
would consist of ranches on the ends and 2-story in the middle.


CONSULTATION:         Development of Cressmoor Golf Course located west of Lake Park Ave., east of
                      Wisconsin St. south of Ridge Road, zoned R-2, 104 acres.
                                                                Bob & Jeff Kapp

Mr. Sekerez, of Sekerez Development, stated they intend to leave the property R-2. They plan to have
210 single-family homes. Their objective is to have a public entrance on Rand Street, with public
streets continuing to Wisconsin Street that will line up with 39th Avenue. They intend to stock the
ponds, which will also serve for storm water detention and have not yet decided if the maintenance will
be the City’s responsibility or the Homeowner’s.

Property fronting on Wisconsin Street and the southwest corner of East Ridge Road and Lake Park
Avenue, may at some later date be used for a commercial development.

Mr. Lindsey asked as to the kind of housing. Mr. Kapp stated he wasn’t sure, but they are committed
to doing a very nice community, but sizing and type of housing will meet or exceed the R-2 zoning
standard, they stated.

Mr. Vinzant asked about their knowledge of the sewer system for that area and he responded stating
they have been in discussions with Mr. Truchan. He also stated they are aware of having to improve
on the lift station along Wisconsin Street, but these issues have not been finalized.

Mr. Lindsey asked about the plans for North Lake Park Avenue up to where they plan to have the
subdivision street come out as to the improvements. Some acceleration and deceleration lanes entering
into the subdivision were discussed.

Asked about the ditch along the west side of North Lake Park Avenue, it would to looked at in regards
to the storm water and detention facilities and how it interacts with the ditch. Basically, it would
depend on how it works with the proposed grading.

40 foot along North Lake Park Avenue and Wisconsin Street will be dedicated.

They have talked to other developers as to the look of the backs of the houses along the east side of the
property.



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05-34 SIGNING OF MYLARS: Petition for a 2-lot Subdivision (Brickie Estates II), at 410 Wayne
      Street, zoned R-2, 1.6 acres.                        Jason Mergl


Mylars were signed.

STAFF COMMENTS

Mr. Mendoza stated at the December 2005 meeting, he was requested to research adjacent
municipalities square footage for single-family residential homes. Crown Point requires 1,300 square
foot, Valparaiso requires 1,200 square foot, and Portage requires from 1,100 square foot to 1,700
square foot and the request to increase our square footage would be in that range.

The Plan Commission agreed to increase the square footage of R-1 & R-2, Single-Family Residential
homes by 250 square feet.

 Another item researched was the height and square foot of accessory structures. Most municipalities
limit their height to 15 feet, however, if the accessory structure meets or matched the existing primary
structure, meaning the roof pitch and architectural style, the height could be 18 to 20 feet If they
choose not to match the architectural or the style of the home, it would be limited to 15 feet. A
variance would be required only if a person came in and stated they were not going to match the
principle structure.

Ms. O’Brien approached the Plan Commission asking to be able to speak about the Sierra Club Power
Point Program, a joint project with developers on the importance of density, the advantages of density
to municipalities, lowering taxes, and making walkable communities.

Ms. Galka stated she would need to be put at the beginning of the agenda for February.

There being no further comments or discussions Mr. Vinzant made a motion to adjourn, seconded by
Mr. Barrasas. All aye. Motion carried. (7-0)

Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.




_____________________________                                _________________________________
MARIA GALKA, President                                       DAVE VINZANT, Secretary




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