CEDAR LAKE | Neighbors of a property where owners want to change its residential zoning to establish a repair shop will get another chance to voice their opinions next month.
The public hearing on the proposed rezoning of the property at 8600 W. 139th Court was continued to December when the Plan Commission met for its regular meeting Thursday night.
Eugene Goc and Terri Cox are seeking rezoning of the lot from Residential R-2 to Business B-1. They are also seeking a special use from the Board of Zoning Appeals that would allow them to open the repair shop.
Town Attorney David Austgen read into the record two letters that opposed the rezoning.
“This (neighborhood) is no place for a business,” neighbor Michele Hasse wrote in her letter. The area has children, and shift workers whose schedules would be disturbed by the comings and goings of a business.
Neither Goc nor Cox appeared at the meeting, nor did they attend the last study session when their petition was discussed. They have appeared before the Board of Zoning Appeals, Commissioner Bob Carnahan said.
According to Carnahan, Cox said there has been interest in opening several types of repair shops on that site, including bicycle repair and vehicle repair. Cox planned to meet with residents to find out what kind of business they would be amenable to, he said.
Because commissioners Diane Cusack, Julie Rivers and John Foreman were absent, a unanimous vote was required among the remaining four members. Several votes failed, including one to deny the rezoning request. Finally, commissioners agreed that the public hearing would continue at the December study session and that the parcel’s neighbors would be re-notified and given another chance to remonstrate if they wished.
Austgen opined that one petition from Cox and Goc, for a special use, might suffice for what they wish to do. A special use would be tied directly to whatever they open, and would expire once that business was closed. A zoning change would mean the parcel would remain Business B-1, and other businesses could move there in the future.
“It’s a policy question,” he said, “Whether you want to (alter) your master plan” which calls for residential development in that area.