Goshen council updates various zoning regulations, discusses redistricting

Goshen council passes solar panel and home occupation requirements and discusses council redistricting

Posted on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — The Goshen City Council approved an update to a zoning ordinance Tuesday night that covered requirements in three areas: solar panels, home occupation and manufacturing parking.

The solar panel regulations represented the most substantial of the updated requirements. The regulations now stipulate that panels must be situated in a way so reflected solar glare is not directed onto nearby structures, properties or roads. Owners of solar panels must also make sure they are kept in good repair and that inoperable, non-functioning or poorly maintained panels must be removed by the owner within 90 days of notice.

The requirements for manufacturing parking were changed with an eye toward the future.

Councilman Jim McKee and Mark Brinson, director of the Community Development Department, used the industrial park as an example of facilities that have more vehicles than parking spaces. Their suggestion was to increase current parking requirements from one space to 1.5 spaces per two employees for future developers to combat the issue of overflowing lots.

The final updated regulations pertained to home occupations. The city wished to update some language referring to who actually occupies a structure in the agricultural, residential and PUD districts.

They also updated language associated with the use of equipment within those zoning districts, specifically regarding noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors and other potential interferences.

Some discussion also arose over redistricting. Public concern was raised over both how much time had been spent on drawing up the precincts and how the new boundaries broke down by party.

Council president Tom Stump also said he had some ideas for some amendments to the proposal but was not ready to make an amendment Tuesday night, since other council members had yet to look over his proposal.

After talking through some of the changes and what options the council had with the proposed redistricting, they decided to pass the proposal on first vote and table the second vote until they had some time to view Stump’s proposal and also consider splitting a precinct if the need would arise.

By law, the council is required to pass a redistricting proposal by Jan. 1. The council will revisit the issue at its next meeting, Dec. 27.

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