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March 7, 2013

Westport Cemetery rezones 10 acres

Greensburg — During the regularly scheduled county Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) and Planning Commission meeting, many business owners sought to prepare for future expansions.

Jeff Quicksell plans to establish a custom gun and gunsmith business in Westport, and asked to establish his building for his gunsmithing purposes. The BZA approved his request, on the condition that because of the building’s close proximity to a road and farm, that the guns will not be fired or tested, and that all smithing activities will take place inside the building.

A concrete processing plant near New Point on County Road 195 South requested more land for future expansion, and also that it be approved to build more 60 to 80 foot structures.

The BZA approved the request, on the condition that a second wall be built to keep kids from getting inside, and to act as a sound buffer.

The following Decatur County Plan Commission meeting opened with a request by Next Generation, an agricultural business which has recently changed owners. Next Generation asked to have some recently acquired property rezoned in order to plan for future expansions. The business shared that it intends to access the railroad tracks in the future.

Greensburg Fire Chief Scott Chasteen requested that Next Generation include him on fire protective measures when handling any chemicals. The representative from Next Generation agreed, and the Plan Commission approved Next Generation’s rezoning request.

Westport Cemetery, located on Main Street and West County Road 1100 South has acquired a considerable piece of land previously owned by the Thackerys, and intends on reserving the land for cemetery expansion.

The cemetery was previously expanded once in the early 1900s, when it had to be moved five miles because there was no land attached to the original cemetery. The current land is now half-full, but there is no estimate on how long before the cemetery is at capacity.

Westport Cemetery initially requested that 19 acres of land be rezoned to residential, which is currently agricultural land. The Plan Commission was unwilling to rezone so much land at once, so Westport Cemetery changed its request to 10 acres, and agreed that when the need came, that the land currently in the cemetery’s ownership can be rezoned in little bits at a time.

The land is currently rented by the cemetery to farmers to be used for agriculture.

Though the land is classified as residential, the cemetery had to state that the land will only be used as a cemetery and for agriculture, and cannot build housing editions.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004

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