Starke County Plan Commission Grants Permit to Julia Ford

Bruce Williams explains the permitting issue in this case to the Starke County Planning Commission

The Starke County Plan Commission was informed by Building Inspector Bruce Williams this week that he has granted Julia (Povilaitis) Ford a permit for a structure that is placed at 6690 East 250 North in rural Grovertown.

The original permit that he had granted was eventually revoked by the BZA board because it was issued as a Type One Manufactured Home. Williams acknowledged that the permit issued on January 11th of this year was a Commercial Unit, but said it was to be converted to a Single Family Dwelling.

Neighbor Betty Dotlich objected to the permit. When given the floor to speak, Mrs. Dotlich started to argue the issuance, but was stopped by Plan Commission Attorney Steve Dodge and Commission President Butch Ritchie who told Mrs. Dotlich and her husband that this was not the proper place to argue the decision.

“It was the opinion of the Planning Administrator that the permit needed to be issued so he issued it,” said Ritchie. “The proper appeals process for that is to go back before the Board of Zoning Appeals.”

Dotlich assured the Planning Commission Board that she and her husband will again appeal the issuance of the new permit to the BZA.