The Area Plan Commission this week got the chance to fix the “craziness” it created more than a decade ago.
Spencer Walker petitioned the commission to rezone a 1.o6-acre tract he owns at 13378 E. Parker Lane Road in Monroe City for residential use. The property is currently zoned for general business; Walker had operated a car sales business on the site.
Now he intends to build a house there.
Long-time commission members recalled when Walker had come to them seeking to change the zoning to allow for his business in 2008.
“I remember that,” said Tom Yochum. “Now you want to change it back.”
“Right,” Walker said.
There had actually been a house on the property at the time, which Walker tore down.
Dick Vermillion, another long-serving member who had earlier in the meeting on Wednesday in the commissioners' room at the courthouse been elected to serve as president of the commission, was puzzled by what he was reading in the application.
“This says the lot is 2.12 acres, but you're only wanting to change 1.06 acres,” he said. “So half the lot is zoned A-2, Non-Exclusive Agriculture, and the other half C-3, General Business?
“I didn't realize it was more than 1.06 acres,” Vermillion said. “It's odd that we'd have done it that way, to have a property partially re-zoned.”
“We did exactly the type of thing we've been trying hard to undo when we've found them, we created a 'spot zoned' property,” Yochum said.
“We must have not realized it was only half the property back then,” Vermillion said. “We just weren't aware of it, for we surely wouldn't have created this kind of craziness.”
Steve Volling, who was chosen to serve as the commission's vice president, pointed out that approving Walker's current application would lead to eliminating a spot zone created with his 2008 petition.
“We'll be able to return it all to A-2,” he said. “Make it the way we want it to be.”
“Yes,” said Vermillion, “we can undo the crazy thing we did 11 years ago.”
The commission gave Walker's petition a positive recommendation.
Walker, represented by Katie Kotter, a partner with HartBell LLC, 513 Main St., will now take his petition to the county commissioners for final approval.
Kotter said she intended to be on the agenda for the commissioners' July 16 meeting.