Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 13, 2014

Commission approves zoning designations

EFFINGHAM — Several site and plat plans for subdivisions and local businesses were approved at Tuesday's Plan Commission meeting.

The Assembly of God, located at 3200 S. Banker St., was approved for a 6,000-square-foot youth center addition to be constructed onto the existing church.

“It's pretty simple, they have just outgrown the youth center they have inside the church,” said Effingham Building Official Bruce Devall.

Commissioners approved a change in zoning designation for a proposed subdivision on a 6-acre tract on the east side of 1550 Street, located near Sloan Implement east of Effingham along U.S. 40.

According to Plan Commission President Greg Kemper, Jodi Anders, who owns the property, wants to split the lot into two pieces. Due to regulations that require a minimum lot width of 200 feet, or a width in excess of a 3 to 1 width-to-depth ratio, the owner needs a variance.

“The vote was to waive the width requirement of the lot,” said Kemper after the meeting, who noted that the commission doesn't usually grant the request.

Kemper said because the lot is located in a rural area and still leaves several acres for both lots, the motion was approved.

The commission also approved a rezoning of a Class R-2, single-family dwelling district, to Class R-3A, attached single-family dwelling district for the construction of a duplex at 414 W. Kentucky Ave.

Property owner Gary Koester informed the commission that he planned to build a duplex on the site and is taking into account setbacks and zoning requirements.

The construction is space appropriate to the lot, said Devall.

Also Tuesday, the commission approved final plat and site plan for the subdivision of property for the construction of J&R Collision, which will be located near Airport Road on the west side of South Banker Street.

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