Planning Commision Meeting Minutes – June 22, 2021

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The Martinsville Plan Commission was called to order by Chairman Tom Williams at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Martinsville, IN.


Those members present were:

  • David Arnold
  • Katie Barnard
  • Gary Carrell
  • Kevin Coryell
  • Melanie Foley
  • Jacob Kaufman
  • Ann Miller
  • Marilyn Siderewicz, Secretary
  • Tom Williams, Chairman


  • Ben Rawlins and Troy Swan

Also present:  

  • Dale Coffey, Attorney
  • Bob Strader, Building Inspector



A motion was made by Melanie Foley to approve the minutes of the May 25, 2021, Meeting.   Ann Miller seconded the motion which passed unanimously.


1.Docket #PC21011 – Mac’s Convenient Stores, LLC:  Requesting zoning map change from R-1 to B-3 for the following properties: 


55-13-09-235-010.000-021    1709 S. Ohio Street      Lot 11 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-008.000-021    1679 S. Ohio Street      Lot 10 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-006.000-021    1659 S. Ohio Street      Lot 09 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-004.000-021    1639 S. Ohio Street      Lot 08 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-001.000-021    1609 S. Ohio Street      Lot 07 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-002.000-021    439 Holden Street        Lot 25 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-003.000.021    459 Holden Street        Lot 26 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-005.000-021    1640 Northwest Ave.   Lot 24 Holdens First Subdivision

55-13-09-235-007.000-021    1660 Northwest Ave.   Lot 23 Holdens First Subdivision

Mr, Richard Blasey, Bergmann Associates, requested the above nine parcels of land along Ohio and Holden Streets as well as Northwest Avenue, be changed from Residential-1 to Business-3.   Mr. Blasey further stated that the Circle K convenience store would have six gas pumps at the site.

Commissioner Melanie Foley asked if the new Circle K would be replacing any of the company’s current stations.   According to Mr. Blasey, the current stations would remain open.

Kevin Kirchner, a representative of Circle K, told the commission that one store closed in Martinsville near the intersection of  Mahalasville Road and Ind. 37 due to the I-69 project.  He said that the company has been working on the new site for about 3-4 years, once it found out that the state would be taking its former property for the interstate infrastructure.

Director of Planning and Engineering, Gary Oakes said that the area of Ohio Street that the Circle K is planned for would likely be a highly sought after spot due to its proximity to the future I-69/Ohio Street interchange.  He further stated that this is part of the TIF (tax increment finance) district as well.   So it helps with the RDC.


Chris McCartney, lives in the neighborhood.   Mr. McCartney was against the project.   He felt this would devalue the property in the area.  He felt there were other areas that could be used.

Terry Collins, lives across the street from the proposed project and was in favor of the development.   He would like to see the plans for the proposed project.

Kathy Burkhart, 539 Prather Drive.  Mrs. Burkhart asked about drainage issues in the area.  She said her home was in the flood plain.

Gary Oakes said that a couple of years ago, the city entered into a  contract with HNTB Engineering Firm to evaluate how the construction of  I-69 would impact drainage and flooding in the Ohio Street/Ind. 37 area of the city.   Oakes further stated Sartor Ditch has been altered and now goes under two new bridges under the future I-69.   Mr. Oakes said the area’s flood plain is anticipated to be lowered by about 17 inches because of the changes along the I-69 corridor.

Plan Commission Dale Coffey said the city’s comprehensive plan approved by the Common Council a few years ago lists the area in question as an area for commercial development.


Katie Barnard made a motion to recommend to the Common Council to accept the request for requesting a zoning map change from R-1 to B-3 for the properties listed above.   Ann Miller seconded the motion which passed with a vote of eight in favor and one opposed.  The one opposing vote was Jacob Kaufman.


The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Martinsville Plan Commission will be at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 27, 2021.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with a motion made by Melanie Foley, seconded by Ann Miller, and passed unanimously.