Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 2, 2013

BZA rejects communal housing for dairy farm

Tess Rowing
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — In the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Wednesday night, two requests were rejected and two approved.

Dominque Hulsbosch, owner of a dairy farm of 2,000 cows, requested his land be rezoned so he can house up to eight of his employees and their families.

Several neighbors were present, providing a nearly 50/50 consensus in approval and disapproval of Hulsbosch’s request. Concern was primarily centered on whether residents would have issues among themselves, and if police would be able to respond in a timely manner.

Several others, including Dan Wilson of the Purdue Extension Office, spoke in favor of the house being built, saying Hulsbosch was a man of his word and that he’d keep his residents under control.

The house plans would include six bedrooms and three kitchens, with two of Holsbosch’s employees having a wife and children.

The BZA expressed concern that the house would not be big enough if the other employees decided to start families.

In a split vote, two yes, two no, Holsbosch’s plans were rejected.

The next petition was for the opening of a motorcycle repair shop in Westport for five years. The petition was approved on the condition that noise would not be a problem, and that all signs were the correct dimensions.

Following the BZA meeting, was the Decatur County Area Plan Commission also met.

Bryan and Jean Krieger requested to subdivide three acres for a future home. The Plan Commission raised concern that the house would be very close to the Krieger’s 80-cow feed lock, resulting in an inevitable smell and flies. Jean Krieger responded that she was aware of the smell, and the Plan Commission approved the Kriegers’ request.

Walt Moore of Mooreland, Inc. requested that 3 acres be rezoned for a house to be built. Moore made his position clear that he would be able to build the house without the Plan Commission’s approval due to a loophole, but that he would like to have the option of renting the house.

The house would fall onto healthy agricultural land, but would be near other buildings on the property.

The Plan Commission attempted to find an alternative location for the house, but there were few options. Due to having to discourage people from building on farmland, the Plan Commission unanimously rejected Moore’s request.

Moore stated afterward that he would build on the land anyway.

Contact: Tess Rowing 812-663-3111 x7004