A request to
conduct a Farmers Market in a portion of the parking lot north of 315 S.
Calumet Rd. didnít advance Thursday because Chesterton Board of Zoning
Appeals members felt too many questions were left unanswered.
Among them, what
kind of Farmers Market is the Bross Family proposing between ACE Hardware
and Popolanoís restaurant?
Would food items
like fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese be sold directly to customers?
Would craft items and other merchandise similar to a flea market be more
whatís planned? Would sellers offer merchandise from temporary tents or the
back of a pick-up truck?
Hiestand, representing Elaine Bross, Steven Bross, Nancy Bross and Carolyn
Parrigan, said the items sold likely would be similar to the European Market
at Third Street and Broadway on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during early
May through late October.
The Brosses propose
Saturday and Sunday sales from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. although during which
specific months wasnít clear.
BZA member Jim
Kowalski said for a public hearing the board needs to understand what will
be sold: lawn mowers, mobile homes? Member Thomas Browne agreed, and member
Sig Niepokoj said heíd like to establish what canít be sold as well.
Elaine Bross said
itís not their intent to compete with whatís in town now, but having a
Farmers Market along South Calumet Road will give people a reason to stay
downtown longer and bring traffic to that end of town.
Hiestand had filed
for a special exception for a Farmers Market in a Business-1 zone as town
code provides. But BZA attorney Julie Paulson recommended that because what
can be sold at a Farmers Market isnít defined or agreed, the petition should
be refiled as a use variance instead necessitating a different set of
standards to be met.
The June 26 BZA
meeting will be another preliminary hearing on the new petition.
Also last night,
two separate requests to increase the height of fences from 4 feet to 6 feet
were heard as preliminary hearings; both were scheduled for public hearings
Seth and Lindsey
Schugars of 1061 Brich Trail Dr. are seeking the higher fence for privacy
and protection for their children because of a sidewalk, the large amount of
traffic present and even an occassional deer or coyote along County Road 50E
and Duneland Trail Drive, according to Seth Schugars.
Jason Conway said
he and his wife Elizabeth also want permission to increase fence height to
install one at their 1480 Lob Wedge Lane home, the back yard of which faces
busy Pearson Road at Niblick Avenue and is across from The Brassie golf
Conway stated a
higher fence would help keep his childrenís sporting equipment in their yard
when being used as well as contain the family dogs including those the
Conways temporarily foster.
Town staff noted
outstanding items needed for both petitions, and as the meeting was ending
BZA members briefly discussed whether in certain circumstances it might be
prudent to reconsider the allowable fence height since so many petitioners
ask to increase it.
Town engineer Mark
OíDell said unlike older homes on narrow lots where higher fences created
obstructions for traffic visibility, newer subdivisions have so much
right-of-way the sight lines are acceptable.