TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A pair of projects generated some controversy with neighbors Wednesday evening at the Area Board of Zoning Appeals of Tippecanoe County (BZA) meeting.
More than 60 people signed a petition against a request for a special exception to build an Agricultural Rental Hall on River Road, west of Fort Ouiatenon.
Petitioner Beth Nichols wants to build a barn-style venue for weddings and other special events with a maximum capacity of 400 people.
Though area planning staff recommended approval, more than 30 people either wrote letters against the request or spoke up at the meeting.
After 90 minutes of discussion, the BZA voted 3-3, meaning the request will go back next month.
"With the amount of letters that came in and the amount of petitions signed, people signing petitions, and the amount of people that stood up and talked with this request, I'm surprised that it didn't get [rejected] unanimously through the board," says neighbor Mark McDonald.
"My plan is to try to contact the neighbors. Perhaps we can come to an agreement to see how we can settle this in a way that doesn't create such a ruckus next month," says Nichols.
The BZA also considered a special exception to allow a faith-based residential facility on Kirkridge Lane, southeast of Dayton.
The petitioner wants to house up to 18 female children and young adults in a 6,300 square foot home who will remain in the program anywhere from 12 months to four years while getting counseling and other help.
The BZA voted 5-1 to allow the exception, upholding the recommendation of planning staff, and over the objections of many nearby residents.
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