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Dearborn Co.’s plan commission to discuss draft zoning map updates and alternatives on May 31

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The public is invited to attend and share their opinions.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A meeting to discuss proposed updates to the Dearborn County zoning map has been postponed.

The Dearborn County Plan Commission is rescheduling its originally scheduled meeting from Monday, May 23 to Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the Henry Dearborn Meeting Room at the Dearborn County Government Center.

At the meeting, the Plan Commission will review and discuss proposed updates to the Dearborn County zoning map specific to agricultural and residential zoning districts.

The county’s original zoning ordinance and map was created in 1965. Since then, there has always been an agricultural zoning district and a residential zoning district.

Updates to the zoning ordinance and map could include the addition of new zoning districts, potential changes to permitted and conditional uses within each zoning district, changes to standards such as setbacks, sizes lot minimums, lot widths, etc.

Interested persons are asked to attend the public meeting and give their opinion on the proposed updates.

Current zoning map: Microsoft Word – ZONING ORDINANCE_CURRENT 03-12-20 (aiircdn.com)

Suggested updates: Microsoft Word – Dearborn County – Draft Districts_REVISED 6-21-21 (aiircdn.com)

Background (via Dearborn County Plan Commission)

Recent (2019) and previous (2004) housing studies in Dearborn County have identified a demand for more housing options. Since the creation of the original zoning ordinance and map in 1965, there has always been an agricultural zoning district and a residential zoning district. Because county ordinances have not been amended to accommodate certain types of residential uses and structures, these types of development have been limited – in terms of the types of housing that can be built without variances, conditional uses and / or rezoning, and also the options available in (unincorporated areas of) the county for residential lots and related uses, improvements and amenities.

Last year, on October 21, 2020, the Dearborn County Plan Commission and its staff, along with a team of consultants, held 2 public workshops to review and discuss proposed changes to the Ordinance text. zoning of Dearborn County, particularly with respect to agriculture and residential. Zoning Districts, including: the addition of new zoning districts, potential changes to permitted and conditional uses in each zoning district, new or expanded or modified definitions of uses and related limitations, and changes to dimensional standards such as setbacks, minimum lot sizes, lot widths, etc. At these 2 previous public workshops and for several weeks before and after, the Dearborn County Plan Commission and staff also conducted an online survey to obtain community feedback on the draft texts. After seven (7) months of careful review and analysis of all feedback received from the workshops and the survey, the Zoning Technical Advisory Group, county staff, along with the planning commission and consultants made several changes to the draft texts. to reflect and respond to preferences and concerns expressed by the community, and to address additional internal questions and issues that have surfaced.