County Plan Director Ty Adley recently presented the County Commissioners and County Council with his quarterly report.

The report details the second quarters of 2021, 2022 and 2023.  In 2021 there were a total of 310 permits issued while the next year that number increased to 321 and this year it dropped to 289.  Adley said the drop in permits issued is only about 10% with much of that attributed to fence and electric permits along with small solar projects and roofing projects. 

Adley said while the number of permits dropped slightly, the valuation of the permits issued is slightly higher than in 2022.  Last year the second-quarter permit projects were valued at $21,281,436 and this year the second-quarter permit projects are valued at $21,737,170 about a half million dollars up.

During the commissioner’s meeting, Adley presented 23-PC-11 for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Ronald Davis who wants to transform the trailer park at 3919 North Michigan Road into an upscale gated shipping container home development. 

The proposal is for 33 homes that will be constructed out of 4 shipping containers, two on the bottom and two on the top with garages and balconies.  The zoning is Ag-3, agricultural residential. 

Adley said the development includes a Clubhouse at the rear of the property and urban gardening at the front of the development.  Utilities will be underground and include water and septic along with 3 fire hydrants. The brick road will be 10-foot driving lanes in each direction with 4-foot sidewalks on both sides of the road.  The plan is for a gated entrance but would allow for emergency vehicle access.  The woods at the rear of the property would be reserved for recreational purposes. 

The TRC gave a full recommendation with conditions including meeting the fire hydrant regulations, turn-around spacing, and stormwater being addressed and clarified.

The Plan Commission sent a favorable recommendation to the commissioners with a 5 to 3 vote with minor conditions.  Commissioner Overmyer who sits on the Plan Commission said there was also concern about the septic and wanted it to be included in the conditions.     

Mr. Davis failed to show up on time for the public hearing while there were several neighbors who attended the meeting. The commissioners didn’t want to proceed with the meeting without his attendance, so the meeting was tabled until August 7th.

Mr. Davis showed up about 10:15 and the commissioners informed him of their postponement of the public hearing.