Opposition from neighbors leads to shed request withdrawal

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Faced with opposition expressed by several potential neighbors, Elkhart Lake Vintage Motor Cars LLC withdrew a request for a variance for a storage building on County J Tuesday.

The withdrawal came before the town of Plymouth Board of Adjustments could act on the variance to allow the 60 by 100- foot building, larger than the size allowed on the parcel.

Todd Smith of Pleasant View Realty, explained that ELVMC wanted to buy the property and build a car repair facility there.

“It is not intended for residential, commercial or business use,” Smith assured the board. “It’s going to be a quiet business with no manufacturing.”

But several neighbors, either in person or by letter, objected to the potential use on a property zoned residential. They also pointed out that the proposed building far exceeds the 900 square-foot limitation in the R-1 zone.

In the face of the opposition, officials from the company withdrew their request, noting that they did not want to be bad neighbors and would find a more appropriate location for their building.

Matt Parmley, owner of Parm’s Landscaping, asked the board about adding storage bins for mulch and landscaping materials at his business on State 57.

Parmley was granted a conditional use permit for his business two years ago by the board and was seeking advice on whether he would need to rezone the property to allow the bins.

Town Attorney Jim Hughes said that Parmley would simply have to seek an amendment to his permit to accommodate the storage bins.

The board authorized Clerk/ Treasurer Laura Raeder to begin the application process to finance the purchase of a new water tanker truck for the fire department.


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