Elkhart County Commissioners have signaled they’ll approve the rezoning for a controversial RV storage lot, but environmental hurdles remain, the Elkhart Truth reports.
According to the Elkhart Truth, Indiana Transport wants to build a storage lot on 28 acres recently purchased on County Road 2, just west of the Elkhart/LaGrange County line, but in order to do so, the company will need the land rezoned from agricultural to manufacturing.
Nearby residents, some of whom live on or near Stone Lake to the southeast, have fought the proposal, saying it will ruin their rural and lake lifestyle. They filled the room at a Jan. 8 hearing, where the commission voted 7-0 to send the plans to commissioners.
Opponents again filled the seats Monday, Feb. 16, at the commissioners meeting, but again did not succeeed in stopping the zoning change, and commissioners voted unanimously to give tentative approval on two conditions:
The Indiana Transport must plant a row of evergreen trees atop an eight-foot berm on the site’s southern boundry, rather than the proposed prairie grass, to shield noise.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must approve the company’s plans to build a retention pond on the site to handle surface water that runs through the property.
The conditions mean that the changes must be incorporated into the plans, effectively resetting the matter for another public hearing at county commissioners’ March 2 meeting.