Map of Proposed Warehouse Location
Maps of Water Flow
Maps of Water Table
/ Suitability for Building
Photos of Proposed
Plan of Proposed
Concerns Voiced About Clear Lake Water
Mini-storage Warehouse Development Proposed on Environmentally
Applicants Gregory and Christina Thomson have
re-filed a zoning variance request with the Steuben
County Board of Zoning Appeals. They are again asking for permission to
develop a subdivision for thirty-one individual
mini-storage/self-storage warehouses on a parcel near Clear Lake that is
zoned for agricultural uses. Warehouses are not a permitted use in the
agricultural zone. (see development
The proposed mini-warehouse development would
be on 875E between Four Corners and the Winzeler "Observatory" property.
(see location map)
purchased the parcel in May 2015 knowing that warehouses are not
a permitted use in the agricultural zone. They are asking for a Steuben
County zoning variance to allow them to build the warehouses anyway.
number of Clear Lake property owners and others already have expressed concern and oppose
A Threat to the Water Quality of Clear Lake
Clear Lake residents and
visitors have worked long
and hard to ensure that water draining into Clear
Lake is as pure as possible. The Steuben County Comprehensive Plan
supports this effort by seeking to protect the water quality in streams,
lakes, and their watersheds. The Comprehensive Plan specifies that that uses
likely to impair surface water near streams, major ditches and lakes
should be denied.
The parcel in question for this
variance is 1,700
feet from Clear Lake. The parcel contains a confirmed wetland (see
development plan). Water flows into this parcel from farm fields on
the south and farm fields and wetlands on the north The water then flows directly into the
Alvin Patterson county ditch and into Clear Lake. (see
maps of water flow)
This parcel performs an important environmental
function by slowing and filtering the drainage water from upstream farm
fields before it enters the Patterson ditch and Clear Lake. USDA soil
maps show the water table is at a depth of 2.8 to 15 inches on the parcel. (see
maps of water table and suitability for building)
Covering the parcel
with industrial buildings will prevent the land from
performing its essential water filtering functions and additionally may introduce
new pollutants from activities related to the mini-warehouses.
Allowing mini-storage/self-storage warehouses on this
environmentally-important location is inconsistent with the Steuben
County Comprehensive Plan.
in a Scenic Rural Agricultural Zone
This scenic rural
road between Clear Lake Drive and Four Corners is heavily used
recreationally by cyclists, runners, and walkers. Allowing a
mini-warehouse development, which is not a permitted use in the agriculture zone, would be detrimental to the
quality that so many have worked so hard to create and
What You Can Do
If you agree
warehouse development is inappropriate, please join others in making your opposition
to the variance known to the Board of Zoning Appeals in
two important ways.
hearing and speak in opposition. The Steuben BZA hearing for the
will be on Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the multi-purpose room on
the lower level of the County Community Center, 317 S. Wayne St. in
Angola. Attend the hearing in person and
speak for up to three minutes in opposition.
Write a letter
to the Steuben County Plan Commission opposing the Thomson variance.
Your letter should state your opposition to the Thomson variance at
Clear Lake and give your reasons for opposing it.
Steuben County Plan Commission
317 S. Wayne St Suite 3H
After mailing your letter to the Plan
Commission at the address above, please also email your letter to the
Plan Commission at
This effort is being
coordinated by Judy Johnston,
email Judy a copy of the letter you write to the Plan Commission. For
more information you can contact Judy via email or call (260) 316-1450.