Chesterton amends zoning ordinance

2014-03-10T22:00:00Z Chesterton amends zoning ordinanceHeather Augustyn, Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 10, 2014 10:00 pm  • 

CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance to amend portions of its unified comprehensive zoning and subdivision control ordinance which governs signs in town.

Town Attorney Charles Parkinson said the ordinance had been worked on for over a year and comes to the council with a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission after a public hearing in February, to amend the sign ordinance portion of the town’s zoning ordinance.

Much of the changes were made to streamline syntax of the ordinance to make it easier to understand, Parkinson said. 

“Probably the largest change is removing the distinctions between zoning districts," Parkinson said. "Wherever you are, you will be judged by the same restrictions. We’ve now established some standards on the lighted signs that flash, and how far back you are from the street will determine the size of the sign you’ll receive.”

The town also passed an ordinance to amend the first addition of Coffee Creek Center’s planned unit development regarding signage to allow Culvers to build an 8 foot 4 inch tall sign near Ind. 49 and Gateway Boulvard since they will be building a restaurant adjacent to the Speedway gas station.

Town Manager Bernie Doyle reported the clerk/treasurer office will be moving to the 15th Street Municipal Center on March 20 and will be closed March 19 to make the move from Town Hall.

The Town Hall will become the Town Meeting Hall and Public Safety Center, used for board and council meetings, and for the police and fire departments.

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