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Community Development



Grants
In 2012, the Department of Planning & Zoning closed out 2 grants that were awarded in 2011: 1) the Dearborn Community
Foundation (DCF) grant for a speed trailer; and 2) the Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF) grant for animal control safety
equipment and vehicle modifications. Additionally, staff moved forward with data collection and administrative efforts related to
another grant awarded in 2011 for the Dearborn County Fire and EMS Study. The St. Leon Community Park grant application was
the staff's only new grant project for 2012.


St. Leon Community Park

In the Spring of 2012, the Planning & Zoning staff prepared a grant application to the Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF)
to provide $79,915 of funding towards the establishment of the St. Leon Community Park--located off of St. Joe Drive in the
Town of St. Leon
. As outlined in County staff's successful application, there were no existing parks or recreation areas within
5 miles of this portion of Dearborn County. The first phase of the Park improvements--which focused on the construction of a
1/2 mile long, 8-foot wide multi-use trail and a .15-acre playground--started in the Fall of 2012 and was completed by
mid-December. In 2013, the Town of St. Leon aims to construct a new parking area for the Park as well as add some 
landscaping, benches, and other residual improvements. To view pictures of the St. Leon Community Park playground and
multi-use trail, please click here
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Pictured: The new playground at the St. Leon Community Park



Special Studies / Projects
Fire & EMS Study
In the spring of 2012, the second report related to the County's Fire & EMS Study was released. The data contained
in the Existing Conditions analysis was gathered from individual fire and EMS units, the County Auditor's Office,
and the County's 911 dispatch personnel. Upon further review of the data presented within this report--and following
the 2012 general election--Dearborn County's new Commissioners have decided to move forward with this project
with a changed scope / focus. The next steps of this Study are expected to take place in the Spring of 2013. For
more information about the Fire & EMS Study, please go to: http://www.dearborncounty.org/Fire-&-EMS-Study 


Fiscal Impact Analysis Model (FIAM)
Since 2007, Dearborn County has been collaborating with the Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of
Governments  to create and utilize a Fiscal Impact Analysis Model (FIAM)--a tool that is anticipated to become a part
of the local development review process and will enable decision makers to more accurately forecast a project’s impact
to the community’s infrastructure, services, and tax situation. 

In 2012, the Planning & Zoning staff worked with OKI to update some information specific to Dearborn County in this
model, including the supply of new GIS parcel data and current budget information. For more information about the
Fiscal Impact Analysis Model, please visit:
www.oki.org/departments/landuse/fim.html



Plan Commission & Board of Zoning Appeals Summaries


2012 Board Approvals

Plan Commission

Re-plat - Stinchcomb Acres (February Minutes), Platt Road
Rezone - Redevelopment Commission (March Minutes), Harrison-Brookville Rd, 1.5 miles E of I-74 Interchange
Rezone - Hirlinger Motors (November Minutes), Harrison-Brookville Rd, 0.5 miles E of I-74 Interchange
Plat Extension - White Pines Development (November Minutes), North Dearborn Road & Short Road


Board of Zoning Appeals
Conditional Use - Steve Schuman, Auto Repair Use (March Minutes). Legion Road
Variances - Brian Moore, Pond Location (May Minutes). Zimmer Road
Variance -  Brenda Runck, Pond Location (May Minutes). Old State Road 1
Conditional Use - Dennis Lynch, Firework Storage Use (May Minutes). State Road 46, .25 miles E of Lawrenceville
Variance - Glenn Trust, Lot with No Frontage (July Minutes). State Road 1 and Glenn Woods Lane
Variance - Monte Mallory, Front Yard Setback (December Minutes). Foreigners Road


2012 Ordinance Amendments

Zoning Ordinance
Article 2, Section 200 - Advisory Plan Commission (*Changed to match amended State Codes)
Article 3, Section 300 - Board of Zoning Appeals (*Changed to match amended State Codes)
Article 3, Section 320 - Variance Requirements (*Changed to match amended State Codes)
Article 3, Section 325 - Conditions and Safeguards (*Changed to match amended State Codes)
Article 3, Section 330 - Action by the Board of Zoning Appeals (*Changed to match amended State Codes)
Article 3, Section 355 - Official Record and Written Commitments (*Changed to match amended State Codes)
Article 17, Section 1720 - Plot Plan Requirements (Changed to streamline and reduce repetitive information)
Article 21 - Parking & Loading Areas (Changed to reflect industry standards and local needs)
Article 25, Section 2516 - Accessory Uses and Structures (Changed to modify setbacks in certain situations)
Article 25, Section 2546 - Private or Residential Swimming Pools (Changed to reduce pool enclosure height to 4-feet)
Article 25, Section 2570 - Cemeteries (*Changed to match amended State Codes)
Article 27 - Definition of Variance (*Changed to match amended State Codes)


Subdivision Control Ordinance
Article 2, Section 200 - Subdivision Types (Changed to acknowledge certain types of land divisions as exempt)
Article 3, Section 305R - Sidewalks (**Changed to match Federal ADA requirements)
Appendix A - Construction of Streets, Curbs & Gutters, Sidewalks, and Driveways (**Changed to match Federal ADA requirements)


Statistics & Trends



Zoning Permits, 5-Year Trends


Name   2008     2009     2010     2011     2012   
Single-Family Residences 83 61 57 39 44
Mobile Homes 4 0 5 8 1
Additions 22 18 26 28 28
Small Storage Structures 14 11 15 12 12
Pole Barns 83 70 89 97 109
Garages 20 25 20 18 15
Pools 30 33 35 34 47
Ponds 3 4 4 6 8
Signs 18 6 9 13 11
Porches / Decks 20 20 21 30 18
Total Zoning Permits Issued,
including Miscellaneous Improvements

310

269

302

318

326



Land Divisions, 5-Year Trends

Township 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Caesar Creek 0 0 1 2 5
Center 0 2 0 0 3
Clay 8 3 1 7 0
Harrison 8 1 1 5 9
Hogan 2 1 0 1 0
Jackson 10 4 5 10 8
Kelso 38 15 10 15 6
Lawrenceburg 2 8 2 4 3
Logan 18 21 14 31 4
Manchester 19 9 8 6 18
Miller 15 12 5 9 7
Sparta 4 12 5 5 5
Washington 9 4 0 3 0
York 14 12 0 1 1
Total Number of
Lots Created

147

104

52

99

69



2012 Code Enforcement Statistics

The information contained within this Section provides a general overview of the inspection case load associated with the
Department of Planning & Zoning--specifically with respect to the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision
Control Ordinance(s). For more information about the County's inspection and enforcement policies, please contact the staff
via phone (at 812-537-8821) or via email by clicking here...




Total Number of Cases, 2012: 136
New Cases, 2012: 60
Resolved Cases: 90
Current Legal Cases: 5




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