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Codes appeals committee discussed

Friday, January 25, 2013

Shelbyville's planning commission will consider creating a committee to deal with building codes appeals.

The commission was asked last summer to examine building codes issues. Member John Davis said Shelbyville's code encourages a board of appeals in case there is a dispute over a ruling.

However, Davis said the last time anyone can remember an appeal was 20 years ago.

Davis explained the building codes department rather than planning and zoning should hear such issues.

Direction

New chairman Warren Landers asked the commission to think about what direction to take over the next year.

Landers noted that the previous chairman, the late Morton Renegar, thought that the commission was misnamed because they don't plan anything, just approve or deny requests..

Renegar had said "bad things" such as lawsuits happened due to there being no planning. Landers said lawyers are "chomping at the bit" to file suits, looking for loopholes in every document, and the commission must address those legal issues.

After speaking to incoming planning and community development director Amanda Rhinehart, Landers issued the challenge.

Bylaws

Commissioners will be studying a draft of basic bylaws for their group over the next month.

After a search of the city's records, it was learned that the only bylaws on the books were for the Shelbyville Regional Planning Commission, which had been on the city's books since the 1990s.

However, there were no bylaws found for the city's municipal commission.

The bylaws list the basic duties of the commission, rules of the meetings, the selection of committees and the keeping of the minutes. City manager Jay Johnson said the draft came from two other city governments.

Deferred item

The only action item on the agenda was deferred until next month's meeting, due to there being no representative. A rezoning request had been made by Marsha Lynn Crowell for property at 102 Austin Ave.

The commission will look at changing the zoning of 0.138 acres from R-2 (low density residential) to C-2 (commercial/highway service district).

City attorney Ginger Shofner explained that the new bylaws they are examining says action must be taken on a matter before them, or it is considered approved.

Possible time change

Landers also wanted the commission to look at perhaps having their meeting later, starting at 7 p.m., so that contractors and others with business can appear on time. However, no decision was made on the suggestion.