Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Local News

April 22, 2013

Questions surround comprehensive plan

Tipton County drafting guidelines for new growth.

Tipton — Sometime this year there will be a new comprehensive plan approved in Tipton County that will guide future development over the next two decades.

The public was encouraged to provide input on the comprehensive plan during a Plan Commission meeting last week at the Tipton County Foundation.

As could be expected with the on-going debate in the county, the future of wind farm development was a topic of discussion.

Steve Edson, county Plan Director, said land use in Tipton County presently is mostly agricultural and will remain that for years to come.

He said the plan encourages development around the county’s city and towns where there are municipal services available.

Jason Henderson, president of the Tipton County Plan Commission, said the commission is dedicated to completing the comprehensive plan with citizen input.

“We will look at zoning ordinances as it relates to wind farms and the U.S. 31 corridor,” he said. “The comprehensive plan is an overall guide.”

Tipton Mayor Don Havens said it was important for the county board to pay special attention to land use planning around the city and other towns in the county.

“Neighborhoods require growth for survival,” he said. “Land use plans can eliminate or restrict growth. In the rural areas restrictions to growth may be acceptable.”

Havens said when the city completed a comprehensive plan in 2012 there was no discussion about wind farms in close proximity to Tipton.

He said there is a conflict in the plan as currently written because growth is encouraged around the incorporated areas, but wind farms restrict development.

Havens said the proposal is to allow wind farm development in all rural areas of the county, outside of the incorporated areas. He said that would impact potential growth in the county.

John West, president of the Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development, which is opposed to wind farm development, said the group didn’t want industrial parks developed in the areas zoned for agricultural use.

He said a wind turbine is an industrial use and should be placed in designated industrial parks.

CRD member Kristen Leonard said a wind find is a change of land use.

Henderson responded that construction of a subdivision is a change of land use.

“Everything started as agricultural,” Henderson said, “and change has taken place over time.”

Plan Commission member Jim Ashley said the development of wind farms in the county will be addressed through potential changes in the county’s wind ordinance.

He said the setback from a primary residential structure to a wind turbine, currently 1,050 feet could be changed in the future.

“We can look at changing the changing of the setback to make the wind turbines compatible with residential development,” Ashley said.

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Kokomo Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • KFD Rescue 2 Staffing changes leave Kokomo Fire Department with one rescue truck A shift in how the Kokomo Fire Department is staffed and responds to calls has some firefighters worried they will not have access to all the equipment they need. City officials, however, maintain there will be no change in the quality of service pro

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kokomo Police officers reach out to public Tuesday Kokomo police will be out in full force Tuesday in area neighborhoods. In addition to their regular patrols, officers will be out getting to know residents and the issues they may have as part of National Night Out, a crime prevention event. National

    July 30, 2014

  • Feds cite Indiana Medicaid fraud unit over notices INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal agency found that the Indiana attorney general's office didn't give proper notice in nearly a quarter of the Medicaid fraud cases it helped prosecute in recent years. A report from the Department of Health and Human Serv

    July 30, 2014

  • Indianapolis man buys 2 $1M tickets in 3 months INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man is celebrating his second $1 million Hoosier Lottery prize in the past three months. Lottery officials say Robert Hamilton won a $1 million prize from a scratch-off ticket he bought last week at a convenience s

    July 30, 2014

  • Frankfort teen dies after rescue from Indiana city pool FRANKFORT (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy pulled from a central Indiana city pool has died. Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says Adrian Alanis died in an Indianapolis hospital on Tuesday, the day after he was rescued from the deep end of the

    July 30, 2014

  • Pence pushing Medicaid alternative during DC trip INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading to Washington to seek federal approval of his proposed state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid in order to expand health care coverage for low-income residents. The governor's office says P

    July 30, 2014

  • Two arrested in purse-, wallet-snatching spree

    Two people were arrested late last week in relation to a string of purse and wallet thefts from shopping carts in local department stores.

    July 30, 2014

  • YMCA front rendering NIPSCO donates $50K to YMCA campaign The Northern Indiana Public Service Company donated $50,000 Tuesday to the Kokomo Family YMCA’s Beyond the Bricks campaign to build a new Y in downtown Kokomo.“The Y is a great resource for the community, so we’re glad to help it grow and add to the

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fatal Truck+Car Accident03 Woman killed after vehicle collides with semi head-on A woman was killed Monday night after her vehicle collided with a semi truck in the northbound lanes of U.S. 31 near the junction with U.S. 931.Elizabeth Ann Jeffries, 41, Monticello, died after her car apparently left the road and entered oncoming,

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bldg Wall Collapse 01 KipCor purchases partially collapsed downtown building A building that has long been a part of downtown Kokomo’s landscape will remain intact, but undergo extensive demolition, after being purchased by a company that has been active in the city’s redevelopment efforts. The Barko building, also known as t

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.