The Marshall County Commissioners approved the third reading of an ordinance for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for Adventura at 3919 North Michigan Road, the shipping container residential development.

During their meeting on Monday County Plan Director Ty Adley said the commissioners passed the ordinance on first reading 2-0 with 1 absence.  The second reading was approved with a 2-1 vote.

The County Plan Commission recommended approval with a 5-3 vote and conditions including all accessory structures be handled internally.  They also wanted clarification on the front yard setback of 5 feet from the sidewalk which has happened.  The third condition was that the site plan be updated to include contours which has been done.  The final condition was for the land use matrix to be updated to reflect the associated conditional uses and Adley said it has been done.  He also said the questions on the well and septic have been cleared with documentation. 

Adley said if approved on the third reading Monday, the secondary plan would need to be approved by the County Plan Director and final designs and specifications for construction before the start of construction. 

Commissioner Kevin Overmyer asked if the cul-de-sack at the rear of the development was large enough for a garbage truck to get around the owner/developer Thomas Landgrebe said he worked with the LaPaz Fire Department to make sure their emergency equipment would be able to turn around on the cul-de-sack. 

Commissioner Overmyer made a motion to pass the PUD on the third reading and it was seconded by Commissioner Mike Burroughs.   The commissioners voted 2-1 with Commissioner Stan Klotz voting no. 

Commissioner Overmyer asked Klotz why he voted no, and Klotz said, “I’m just opposed to the business plan.  I just don’t like the fact that when you come in and the public buys these places, they cannot go out on the free market.  I that leads to potential problems.”   

Overmyer asked if that was between the homeowner and the developer and Klotz said it was but, “It’s up to us to be responsible and weigh in so that’s my reasoning.”