Sunday, January 21, 2024
MEETING PREVIEW: City Plan Commission Continues Discussion of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
A Shelbyville Plan Commission map shows areas proposed for extraterritorial jurisdiction with diagonal lines.
The Shelbyville Plan Commission tomorrow will revisit the next phase of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) following initial lengthy conversation and public input at the November meeting. The ETJ would assign zoning classifications to approximately 375 non-contiguous acres in southeast Addison Township and northeast Shelby Township.
There is no planned development connected to the matter, and current uses are typically grandfathered in. ETJ is not annexation, which involves bringing property within city limits. Rather, ETJ only adds city zoning requirements to a property. Plan commission member Jeremy Ruble in November noted this means property owners in the affected areas would go to the city rather than the county with any proposed use changes. Affected property owners were notified last year, and several appeared to ask questions in November. The plan commission staff published a document answering several questions posed.
“We are planning for the Community’s Long-term Vision for the area, which is further residential development,” the staff report said in response to a question about developing farm ground. “If we zone for that, the farming may continue for as long as the land owner wants that to continue, with no impact to their operations or use of the land.”
Another resident asked about sewer and water services down County Road 125. The staff responded, “When land is developed, the developer will be required to finance the installation of all utilities and then dedicate them back to the utility providers. If water or sewer are run down CR 125, this will allow those existing property owners to connect to these utilities but they will not be required to do so if they chose to continue using the well and septic systems they have in place.”
One resident wanted to know if he would have to get rid of his goats, which he said a doctor had suggested as a means to keep his wife moving. The staff report noted that, assuming the goats are in accordance with county standards, it would be brought in as a “legal non-conforming status under the City’s (Unified Development Ordinance).” The number of goats allowed is determined by the minimum lot area and zoning district.
An Eagle Brook resident asked how future development in the farm field behind the neighborhood would affect their drainage. “Many of the drainage related issues in Eagle Brook stem from the fact that it was constructed before the City had drainage standards, so it doesn’t retain any of its runoff,” the report said. “When the field to the south develops, they will be required to meet today’s drainage standards and install detention ponds and stormwater systems to address these issues.”
Extraterritorial jurisdictions are part of a long-term effort by the city to streamline development in accordance with the comprehensive plan. Over 2,000 acres were incorporated into the city’s ETJ in 2021, but none in 2022. The Plan Commission meets Monday at 7 p.m. with a pre-meeting at 6:30 p.m. An agreed-upon zoning map would be presented to City Council for adoption into an ordinance.
NATIONAL NEWS: Home sales fell to their lowest since 1995 last year as high mortgage rates scared off buyers. But this year may be different: Mortgage demand spiked last week after rates fell some. (Morning Brew)
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This Day in Shelby County History
2014: While searching a home in the 200 block of Hendricks St. to recover drugs, police found items connected to several downtown burglaries. Police Lt. Mike Turner said several stolen items had been recovered, with hopes to recover more.
2004: The Cake Carousel, owned by Julie Adkins at 158 E. Washington St., closed after five years in business. She cited lack of support from residents, competition from Walmart, location and the convenience of shopping on the internet for the closure. Adkins had been assisted in the shop by her sister-in-law, Jane York. They had bought the building and completely renovated the structure.
1994: Local tow businesses were swamped with requests due to the bitter cold. During a 30-hour period, Allen Phelps said he got two hours of sleep and ate practically nothing. The rest of the time he was in a tow truck, jump-starting and towing vehicles. When he finally sat down to rest, he had 15 calls waiting for him. And that was with his wrecker service having four trucks in operations. He said it was the busiest he had been over his seven years in business. Cindy Ross, dispatcher for Ross’ Wrecker Service, said they had stopped jumping-starting vehicles because it was taking too much time. Tom Williams, manager of Nationwise Auto Parts, said he was selling items that had been in stock for years due to recent mild winters.
Beaty Construction received a trophy from the Ohio Department of Transportation for Contractor of the Year.
1984: Shelby County highway superintendent Bob Clark said about 40 of the 639 road signs damaged in 1983 had been for “legitimate” reasons, such as traffic accidents and weather. But the other 600 or so were due to “unnatural” causes, such as vandalism. Ninety-seven signs had been stolen.
Pending legislation at the statehouse regarding school start and end times created a firestorm of opinions from local superintendents. Shelby Eastern Supt. Gerald Carmony said he doubted the bill was “for educational improvement,” but rather “a politically-motivated piece of legislation aimed at helping the tourism industry.” Lt. Gov. John Mutz agreed, saying the competition among schools to start earlier each year was an effort to give students an advantage in the summer job market. “If that trend continues, we’ll have schools opening July,” he said. Sen. Tom Hession (R-Shelbyville) voted against the proposal.
1974: The Mt. Auburn School was burglarized. Tools were taken from the custodian’s closet and an attempt was made to open the safe. An unsuccessful attempt was also make to break into the freezer.
1964: Shelbyville High School hosted an Advanced Typing class, one night a week for 12 weeks, for adults.
Ten new enlistees were sworn into the National Guard at the local armory. they were Bill Murphy, Flat Rock; Daniel Graham, London; Donnie Graham and Bob Weaver, Shelbyville; Greg Marshall and Jerry Button, Columbus; and Harry Sanders and Hugh Martin, Edinburg. They would go on six months of active duty then be assigned to the Guard unit here.
1954: The price for a cup of coffee at local restaurants rose sharply to 10 cents a cup. Local restaurant owners blamed speculators for the rising cost, and told The Shelbyville News the worst was yet to come.
1944: Nine Shelby County men left here for boot training at the Great Lakes Naval Training station: Herman L. Hill, Earl Smith, Glen Losey, Ardell Deiwert, Robert Sanderson, Louis Mitchell, Paul Holbrook, Ray Mitchell and Harlan Walts.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eades Sr., 1146 Meridian St., received a telegram informing them their son, Charles Eades Jr., 28, was missing from military service. He had last been on a routine training flight over the Gulf of Mexico. A search was underway for Eades, who had graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1932 and had been employed as a mechanic at Sandman Bros. before military service. He had three sisters, Phyllis Eades, Barbara Clapp and Priscilla Corley.
1934: A roller skating race was announced for Saturday at the National Guard Armory. Teams of three could compete to see who could make the most laps in an hour.
1924: “Bicycle thievery is getting to be as common in Shelbyville as chicken stealing in Palestine,” The Republican reported after several bikes were reported missing. In one instance, a mailman had intervened in a potential bike theft.
1914: City Council discussed establishing a curfew, advocated for by the women’s Council of Clubs. The goal was to ensure all children had an adult escort when on the streets at night.
Wiley Means, chief clerk at the Morrison & DePrez drug store, temporarily injured his eye when the cork blew off a bottle he was shaking.