The Journal Gazette
Thursday, July 18, 2019 1:00 am

Lima-Dupont dentist project raises concern


A group of neighbors plans to object to a proposal to build one or two commercial buildings on a lot near Lima and Dupont roads in Perry Township.

The proposal for a use variance to tear down an existing home on a 2.46-acre lot zoned agricultural/low-intensity residential at 10630 Lima Road has been recommended for denial by planning staff in a routine report to the board.

The application from Timothy Bussick, a dentist, will be heard at a public hearing of the Fort Wayne Board of Zoning Appeals at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 35 of Citizens Square.

Neighbor Deborah Crague said neighbors are concerned about lack of drainage and the site design.

“The plan puts a 6,000-square-foot building 15 feet off our neighbor's backyard” when there are other nearby commercially zoned locations appropriate for dental practice, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

The staff report states the applicant did not submit any professionally drawn plans or a landscape plan, although the applicant proposes to demolish all buildings on the site. The site would need to meet commercial standards as if the building was on a commercially zoned property and the report suggests rezoning.

“Staff is concerned that the legal test for approval is not being met, as the property is presently being used for a permitted use and no evidence was submitted that it cannot continue to be so used,” the report states.

A message left Wednesday at Bussick's practice at 7207 Engle Road in Fort Wayne was not returned.

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