Members of the Adams County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval to replat and rezone six lots in Juniata into a two-lot subdivision to allow more flexibility for potential new construction when it comes to setbacks.

Commissioners voted 7-0 during their regular meeting Monday to recommend to the Juniata Village Board approval of the Chateau Second Subdivision replat of lots 684-689 into lots 1 and 2 at 809 and 811 N. Juniata Ave., and also unanimously approved rezoning the two lots from R-2 to C-2.

Commissioners Karen Struss and Ken Lukasiewicz were absent. Commissioner Bob Hansen was participating by phone.

An existing commercial building stands on lot 1 at the corner of Ninth Street and Juniata Avenue. Lot 2, to the south, contains a house and garage.

Mark Renschler of Juniata is the applicant.

“So in the future, if I decide to tear that building down, the commercial building, I’ve got a little more property to put a little barn or building on the corner property,” he at Monday’s meeting.

The zoning districts adjoining the property are as follows: To the north, C-2; to the south, east and west, R-2 and to the northeast I-2.

According to records from the Adams County Assessor’s Office, the existing commercial type brick building has been on the property since 1928.

The village of Juniata amended its zoning regulations for C-2 district on Nov. 8, 2012, to allow for zero front yard, side yard and rear yard setbacks.

Zoning Administrator Judy Mignery said where a lot line abuts a residential zoned district, the following setbacks apply: Front yard 25 feet from the lot line, side yard 17 feet from the interior and 15 feet from the street side of the corner lot.

“So that wouldn’t leave much for his building,” Mignery said.

During the administrator’s comments, Mignery discussed conversations she has had with representatives from Apex Energy and Nebraska Public Power District regarding the possibility of transmission lines being added to connect the planned Clay County solar project to an electrical substation near Pauline.

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