LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A second vote brings no resolution for a Lafayette woman who wants to build an agricultural rental hall near Fort Ouiatenon and dozens of neighbors who oppose her.
As News 18 reported in June, area planning staff have recommended approval for a barn-style venue on River Road, west of the Fort. The June vote at the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) was split 3-3.
This time around, petitioner Beth Nichols brought in the services of a sound engineer who said the noise from the rental hall wouldn't affect neighbors.
"That's why I hired him. If he had said that there was going to be a problem with the noise, I was going to discontinue the project," said Nichols.
Also, she volunteered to make some concessions to gain support, including decreasing capacity from 400 to 300.
Still, more than two dozen people like Ron Evans wrote letters or spoke up against her Wednesday night.
Wednesday's vote was 3-2 against Nichols, but with four votes needed to take any action, another vote will be needed next month.
"It's too bad we didn't have the full board. I think it would have gone in our favor," said Evans. "Well, we're going to be here next month."
Nichols wasn't thrilled with the vote's outcome either.
"Disheartening. I'm sure, like the neighbors," Nichols said. "I had hoped for a resolution tonight."
The BZA was also slated to hear a request Wednesday for a special exception to allow a rodeo to operate up to eight times a year on property on County Road 1200 South, halfway between Romney and Clarks Hill.
But the petitioner didn't have proper documentation showing that the facility was not operating in the floodplain and so the item was withdrawn.
"I've had some brief conversations with petitioners' representative and they've said we'll be back in the spring once we hopefully get the floodplain cleared up," said planner Bianca Klinker Zaklikowski.
As News 18 reported in July, neighbors have been in favor of the project.
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