Zoning boards approve and deny different tourist attractions


The Brown County Regional Planning Commission approved a rezoning request for the Rawhide Ranch property on State 135 South at its October 26 meeting.

The property had been zoned residential (R1), but the petitioner requested that it be turned into a general store (GB).

The new owners, ADF Construction Indiana, outlined their plans for Harmony Tree Resort, an eco-friendly tourist destination with 200 accommodation options on the 56-acre site.

There is a vacant lot, a commercially developed lot and two adjacent lots with single family homes.

Rawhide Ranch was developed under three special exceptions to accommodate various commercial uses. Two additional lots acquired by ADF contain single-family residences.

Some of the envisaged commercial uses require that the ADF be under the GB or Accommodation (AB) zoning, as the current special exceptions would not allow the cellar and potential restaurants being considered on the property.

The proposed site will include rooms made from shipping containers, A-cabins, primitive camping equipment, an on-site winery, two restaurants, a cafe, spa, horseback riding, botanical gardens and a wedding event center.

Copies of commercial access permits were provided and approved by the state in 2001.

Soil analyzes have been carried out for the structures that the current owners wish to build and the results have been submitted to the State.

The meeting room had 16 people in the audience, including three local residents. Five people spoke in favor of the company itself, one opposed the rezoning.

Since the request has been approved, the owners will now appear before the Brown County Commissioners. The commissioners will meet on November 3 at 2 p.m.

The following night, the Brown County Zoning Appeal Board denied a special exception to allow a 185-spot luxury RV campground.

The Salmon Room at the Brown County office building was full on October 27 with about 40 residents.

Over an hour, 23 residents spoke out against the proposed project, most of them living or owning property near the proposed park in a field off Old State Road 46, near the intersection of Clay Lick Road.

Petitioner Stephen Alexander was asking for a special exception for a private recreational development on 20 acres of his 71.76-acre parcel.

The property is located within the city limits and is zoned Commercial (B3), which is a service and warehouse commercial use designation. Under this zoning, all general commercial uses are permitted, as well as a commercial parking structure, car sales hall, drive-thru restaurants, bonded warehouse, gas station, and a car house. tourism, in accordance with the city’s zoning ordinance.

The property is also in the diversion channel. Alexander owned the land where the proposed park would go for 30 years.

The proposed “new buildings” on the Alexander’s Old 46 property are on the project’s review agenda by the Nashville Technical Review Committee this Thursday, November 4. The meeting is at 1 p.m. at Nashville City Hall, 200 Commercial Street.


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