Regional Planning Commission
approves conditional use for Baker Tree Service
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[November 02, 2017]
Wednesday, November 1, the Logan County Regional Planning Commission
met. One focus of discussion was whether to recommend approval of a
property for agricultural business use and a single-family home.
Regional Planning Commission members present were Vice-chairman
Blair Hoerbert, Jeff Hoinacki, Gerald Lolling, Ryan Murphy, Chuck
Ruben, Scott Schaffenacker and Becky Werth. Logan County Zoning
Officer Will D'Andrea and County Highway Engineer Bret Aukamp were
Guests were Steve and Teri Baker, who operate Baker and Son Tree
Service, and are looking for a home base to store and process trees
they cut down. The property Bakers purchased has several grain bins
that were formerly used as the Chestervale Elevator. They explained
their plans for the use of the property to commission members.
Teri Baker said they plan to have their business and also live on
the property. She said they have a sawmill for their service. They
plan to get rid of some of the grain bins and add other storage.
Steve Baker said they hope to move a double wide mobile home from
about three miles away to a permanent location at the corner of the
property. He said there is already a well and they plan to add a new
The Bakers have a lot of material from their tree service and hope
to purchase the right equipment to "grind all brush." There is a
sawmill inside the large bin on the property. The other bins would
provide storage for logs and drying bays for lumber. They would
remove some of the old grain bins on the property since the business
no longer involves grain.
Zoning Officer Will D'Andrea said the existing elevator on the
property is classified as an Agricultural Business. He said the use
is changing from one kind of agricultural use to another.
Commission Vice-chairman Blair Hoerbert asked if there would be any
issue with having a residence on the property.
D'Andrea said the home is only allowed on the land since it is
agricultural use. The home would be allowed because of their
Commission member Scott Schaffenacker asked about the single family
mobile home they plan to put on the parcel.
D'Andrea said a home is allowed for the farm owner on his farm.
Logan County Highway Engineer Bret Aukamp asked about the road
Stephen Baker said they have three access points to the property.
They plan to use one access through a road to their residence and
another as a service entry for business use.
Aukamp said he was concerned about public use on County Road 1450
East near the railroad tracks.
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Bakers said that entrance would not be for public use.
D'Andrea said the plans are fine zoning wise.
Those seeking conditional use approval have to fill out an application showing
how they will meet the standards of conditional use in zoning ordinance. Section
10.31-1 of the ordinance says an applicant has to prove "the establishment,
maintenance, or operation of the conditional use will not be substantially
detrimental to or endanger the public health, safety, morals, comfort or general
The Bakers said they do not use "any hazardous material" for the tree business
and "try to be as safe as possible while doing any activity" and "not disturb
Section 10.31-2 of the zoning ordinance says, "conditional use will not be
substantially injurious to the use and enjoyment of other property in the
immediate vicinity for the purpose already permitted nor substantially diminish
property values within the neighborhood."
The Bakers said moving to the property will enable them to "maintain everything
better and improve the appearance."
Section 10.31-3 says, "The establishment of the conditional use will not
substantially impede the normal and orderly development and improvement of the
surrounding property for uses permitted in the district."
The Bakers said they "would strive to help with any improvements" needed.
Section 10.31-4 says, "Adequate utilities, access roads, drainage or necessary
facilities have been or will be provided."
The Bakers said they have more than one access point from the road and plan to
set up a new septic system. They will make sure everything is done to code.
The final section, 10.31-5, says, "Adequate measures have been or will be taken
to provide ingress and egress so designed as to minimize traffic congestion in
the public streets."
The Bakers said they plan to have separate access points from the road to their
home and the business.
The Regional Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend that the Zoning
Board of Appeals approve the plans.
The Logan County Zoning Board of Appeals will decide on whether to approve the
conditional use at a public hearing on Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 pm at
Chester Township Hall.