Meeting: Jasper Board of Zoning Appeals

The Jasper Board of Zoning Appeals met Wednesday and:

• Denied a variance that would have allowed the building at 1037 Dorbett St. to be used as a by-appointment tattoo studio. Remonstrators expressed various concerns with the request, including the traffic it could bring and the potential devaluing of property in the surrounding area. Three board members also expressed concerns, while two supported approving the variance. Chris Taylor, the petitioner, said he would have used the studio for his tattooing hobby. The denial vote passed 3-2.

• Approved a variance that allows the Dubois County Community Foundation signage to exceed the maximum square footage permitted at 600 McCrillus Street. The foundation will replace the sign in the front landscaping at that address and will install a 10-by-14-inch sign on the front of its building. The foundation was also given permission to display a 3.5-by-5-foot temporary banner on the building’s side.

• Approved a variance for TNLN, allowing multi-family housing to be utilized on two vacant lots at the intersection of Rumbach Avenue and Eversman Drive, directly north of the former Kmart building. That property is zoned general business. Conceptual paperwork shows the dwelling as a one-building, ten-unit structure, but that design could change.

• Approved a variance allowing a static, backlit, pole sign to be installed on the property at 308 W. 6th St. The business at that location, Carpenter Realty, also sought to install an electronic reader board on the sign, but that part of the request was struck after remonstrators expressed concerns with the electronic element of the sign.

• Approved a variance for a non-conforming accessory structure at 2657 S. Meridian Road. Per the city’s unified development ordinance, a shed on the property is composed of materials non-compatible to its primary structure, but nearby neighbors voiced support for the variance, which now waives that requirement.

• Approved variances allowing an accessory structure at 520 S. 400W. The pole barn will be used for agricultural purposes.

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