Knox City Council members will discuss funding for a school resource officer when they meet tonight.Continue reading
The Knox BZA members are also anticipated to discuss the vacant secretary position when they meet tonight at 7 p.m.
Members will also hear an appeal from a Pacific Avenue property owner seeking a variance. Owner of Royal Star Builders, Tim Miller, will be appealing to the BZA to receive a variance on the 40-foot setback specification for a rear yard on a commercial property. Continue reading
The Knox Planning Commission welcomed a new member during their meeting Tuesday night.
Mayor Dennis Estok appointed Jim Strong to the commission and he is filling Steve Dodge’s seat. His term will end on December 31st, 2019.
Commission President Greg Matt said that Strong resigned from the BZA to be on the Planning Commission, leaving a vacancy on that board. Mayor Estok explained that with Strong switching over to the Planning Commission, there are now two open seats on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Continue reading
The Knox Board of Zoning Appeals is happy with the cleanup efforts at a local pawn shop. The board previously considered imposing a fine on 1st Choice Pawn and Loan, due to the condition of its South Heaton Street property. During Monday’s meeting, though, board members noted that the condition of the site had improved over the past couple weeks, enough for them to drop plans for a fine. Continue reading
The Knox Board of Zoning Appeals will continue discussing the cleanup of a pawn shop property this evening. According to the minutes of the board’s previous meeting, the board is considering assessing a fine to 1st Choice Pawn and Loan. Continue reading
Tractor Supply Company was granted a special use variance by the City of Knox Board of Zoning Appeals Monday night. The company plans to occupy the portion of the building in the Knox Mall that formerly housed Alco. On a unanimous vote the board granted the variance so Tractor Supply Company could use outdoor storage and sales displays beyond what the current ordinance allows. Continue reading
The Knox City Council had final action on the outdoor storage ordinance last night.
The Knox plan commission members met on June 3 and discussed the city council’s recommendation on adding wording to allow a business to go before the board of zoning appeals and request a special use variance for outdoor displays. The council members felt that the ordinance was a blanket ordinance and businesses are different in how they operate so that could be an option for those businesses.
The Starke County Jail project has cleared another obstacle: obtaining a zoning variance to proceed with constructing the new facility at the corner of State Road 8 and County Road 550 East. According to Planning Administrator Bruce Williams, the property is currently zoned as M-1; that is, Light Manufacturing, which poses a problem for the construction of the jail.