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BZA meeting postponed due to notice issues
Updated on: 04.01.14




Before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 70 people, the Brown County Board of Zoning Appeals delayed the petition for a public campground in the Bean Blossom area.

During its April 1 meeting, the board voted not to hear the request for special exception filed by Michael Farabaugh. The decision resulted from issues of an accurate address and proper notice to neighbors and members of the general public.

The address is important for purposes of notification. People living within 600 feet of the 75-acre property that adjoins Bill Monroe Music Park to the west and Gatesville Road to the south must be notified. If that is not done, a decision by the BZA could be overturned on appeal. That was something neither the petitioner nor the remonstrators wanted.

“We want a decision that won’t bounce back on us,” said Jim Roberts, attorney for Farabaugh.

Wanda Jones, who is representing a number of folks in the Bean Blossom area who oppose the campground request, raised the issues. She agreed with Roberts in wanting a "clean" decision.

The petition shows the address 704 Gatesville Road, but that is the address of the Farabaughs. Jones stated that the address of the proposed campground property is 620 Gatesville Road.

Planning Commission Director David Woods said for land to have an address there needs to be a home on the property. There is no home on the 75 acres in question. Woods said he does not know how the 620 Gatesville Road address got associated with the property known as Freedom Park. The duty of assigning addresses rests with his office.

Farabaugh is the organizer of Indiana Bike Week and BikerFest at Bill Monroe Music Park. He wants to turn Freedom Park into a campground containing hundreds of sites available for use at such events.

Farabaugh has a great deal of opposition to his efforts. Brown County residents like Nina Leggett want a quiet Brown County rather than the motorcycle-oriented partying Farabaugh desires.

To move forward with his plan, Farabaugh needs BZA approval because a “public camp” is not permitted on R2-zoned property without a special exception.

The board consists of John Dillberger, Lamond Martin, Peggy Thompson, Darla Brown and Jane Gore. Farabaugh must get three votes in his favor to secure the special exception.

The April 1 delay was not the first in the case. Originally, Farabaugh was scheduled to go before the BZA on Jan. 29, but his petition was continued to the Feb. 26 BZA meeting, where the board voted to consider the matter on April 1.

Now, the petition is scheduled for discussion at the Wednesday, April 23 meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. and takes place in the second floor meeting room of the County Office Building.



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William Emmett Fisher, 73, Elizabethtown
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Margaret (Stanley) Whitaker, 80, Morgantown
  Wife of Rawlins Whitaker of Morgantown

Ival 'Max' Skinner, 85, White Springs, Florida,
  Brown County native

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