Planning Commission Meeting Minutes – May 24, 2022

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Vice=Chairman Tom Williams called the meeting of the Martinsville Plan Commission to order at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Martinsville, IN.

ROLL CALL:    Those members present were:

  • David Arnold
  • Katie Barnard
  • Rich Bastin
  • Gary Carrell
  • Rick Heacock
  • Ann Miller
  • Ben Rawlins
  • Marilyn Siderewicz, Secretary
  • Troy Swan
  • Rachel Tuttle
  • Tom Williams, Chairman

Also present:

  • Bob Strader, Building Inspector
  • Dale Coffey, Attorney


MOTION:  A motion was made by Katie Barnard to approve the minutes of the April 26, 2022, Meeting.    Troy Swan seconded the motion which passed unanimously.


Docket #PC22005.  Zoning map change from B2 to B3’ Address:  490 E. Morgan Street; Legal Description:  Lot 1 & 2, Blk 4 Cunningham’s 1st Addn; PID #55-09-33-487-008.000-021; Owner: Linda Luellen Crohn Living Trust – Janna Robison, Trustee.

Chris Cockerham made the presentation to the Plan Commission.  He requested a zoning change from B-2 to B-3 for the property located at 490 E. Morgan St., Martinsville, IN.  The property could then be used for a car lot.


MOTION:  Ann Miller made a motion to approve the request for a map change from B-2 to B-3 for the property at 490 E. Morgan Street.   The motion was seconded by Rich Bastin and passed unanimously.


1. Request to place a mural on the alley-side of the building in the Historic Downtown District: Address:  165 E. Morgan St.; Owner:  Bailey & Wood Financial Group – Mike Wood.

Mr. Mike Wood made the request to the Plan Commission.    He distributed copies showing what the mural would be projected to look like when finished.   Sally Hedges would do the art work.


MOTION:   Ann Miller made a motion to allow a mural to be painted on the alley-side of the building in the Historic Downtown District at 165 E. Morgan Street as requested by Mike Wood.    The motion was seconded by Ben Rawlins and passed unanimously.

2. Docket #PC22006: Request for minor plat approval: 

     Location              Parcel #                                         Legal Description

Colfax St.        55-13-03-177-001.000-021     Blk 2 B N Poston’s 1st  Addn / Pt W ½ & W ½ SE ¼
Walnut St.      55-13-03-177-002.000-021     Blk 2 B N Poston’s 1st Addn / Pt NE ¼ & SE ¼ except  .211ac

Ross Drapalik made the presentation to the Plan Commission.   Mr. Drapalik said that the property owner Greg Hamilton would like to subdivide a block of land into seven parcels.   The block has been vacant for decades.   Mr. Hamilton is currently under contract to sell the property to a prospective buyer.

REMONSTRATORS:    Several neighbors were present at the meeting and voiced their opinions opposing the building of doubles in this area.

Mr. Drapalik said that under the city’s current zoning ordinances, duplexes can only be  built on parcels that are at least 10,000 sq. ft.  Each lot in the subdivision will be 9,000 sq. ft. with 15-ft. front setbacks from the street.

MOTION:  Ben Rawlins made a motion to recommend approval of the minor plat  request of Mr. Greg Hamilton based on the existing lots.   The motion was seconded by Gary Carrell and passed with Rich Bastin casting the only negative vote.

3. Docket #P22007: Request for primary plat approval or Indiana Creek Village Sections Three-C (East) & Three-C (West)

   Location                Parcel #                                     Legal Description

Elm Street       55-13-10-100-004.006-021    S10 T11 R1E 1.56 acres
Landen Trail   55-13-10-100-004.006-021    S10 T11 R1E 2.70 acres

Owner:  Indian Creek Homes LLC – William Spina

Mr. Caleb Towles, of Myers Engineering, made the presentation for the Indian Creek Homes, LLC.  Mr. Towles said that each lot is approximately 3,900 sq. ft. which is consistent with existing homes in the development.

Commissioner Gary Carrell stated that he wished the lots were larger.  He felt that they would be smaller than most typical lots.

Ann Miller said that lots of young people would like a smaller lot and home for a starter home.


MOTION:   Ann Miller made a motion to approve the primary plat request for Indian Creek Village Sections Three-C (East) and Three-C (West).  Ben Rawlins seconded the motion, and the motion passed with two votes opposing.  The two negative votes were cast by Gary Carrell and Rachel Tuttle.


NEXT MEETING:       The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Martinsville Plan Commission will be at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

ADJOURNMENT:  There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with a motion made by Katie Barnard, seconded by Marilyn Siderewicz, and passed unanimously.