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August 18, 2022

8/5/2022 2:08:00 PM
Non-compliant accessory structure has to lose shower, drainfield to sell

Property owners of 15 acres in Amador Township who are in the process of selling the site have found out they shouldn’t have skipped crossing some T’s and dotting some I’s many years ago— and now it’s not a simple matter to repair mistakes that could derail the sale.

A pole building was put in in 2010 on the site and has been used to work on classic cars.  Heat, shower, sink and sanitary/septic facilities were added in 2012-2013 without getting permits, according to the narrative the county planning commission received.  

The county planning commission has been asked to approve the prohibited situation retroactively.  

The request for the Interim Use Permit (IUP) was okayed by the planning commission but several conditions were attached.

The County Board discussed the planning recommendation and heard a motion by Commissioner Chris DuBose to OK the IUP;  but he wanted to remove conditions that call for the shower drain to be rendered un-useable and the drain field to be replaced with a holding tank to discourage any continued illegal use there.  The county basically doesn’t want accessory buildings being used as residential.  After discussion  DuBose withdrew his motion and went with what the planning commission had for conditions and this passed.

The landowners applied for an IUP to try to bring the illegal non-conforming property into compliance with zoning rules.  

Had a permit been sought originally, explained Zoning Director Kurt Schneider, they would have been advised the sanitary facilities can not be part of a stand alone accessory structure (property has no dwelling) The car business operation also doesn’t count as “agricultural” use, which is how they described the site use in 2010 when the pole building permit was granted.



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