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Rezoning approved for city councilman


Just one more OK is needed for Shelbyville Common Councilman Rob Nolley (R-3rd Ward) to buy a house directly across the street from City Hall.


The Shelbyville Plan Commission held a special meeting on Wednesday evening to hear Nolley's petition to rezone the house at 45 W. Washington St. from business to residential use.


Nolley intends to live in the house, said Plan Commission Director Adam Rude, which, for years, has been used for business offices.


During the commission's pre-meeting, immediately before its regular meeting in City Hall, 44 W. Washington St., Rude said reverting the property to residential use is in line with the city's Comprehensive Plan.


“So as far as planning staff is concerned, the Comprehensive Plan, this is moving in the right direction, returning what was a single-family home back into a single-family home. It's been fairly well preserved on the inside as a single-family home so we don't have any opposition to this,” he told the commission members.


No one spoke against the rezoning, and the Plan Commission voted unanimously in favor of it, including commission member Gary Nolley. He said after the meeting that he's Rob Nolley's second cousin and didn't feel there was a conflict.


The rezoning petition now goes to the Shelbyville Common Council for approval, likely on Monday. Rob Nolley is president of the City Council.


Politically, 45 W. Washington St. is in the city's 1st Ward. Nolley now lives in and represents the 3rd Ward, but he's running for an At-Large seat on the council in this year's election.


The City Council has two At-Large seats, each representing the entire city, so if Nolley wins he will not have to move.


In other matters, the Shelbyville Plan Commission approved a request from Greenleaf Foods SPC to replat a section of property on Tindall Drive in the city's business park on East State Road 44.


A plat is a map showing how land is divided up.


Greenleaf intends to build a 230,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on a 57-acre site the company will purchase from the city. The plant is to produce vegetarian burgers and sausages.


The company also has an option to buy an additional 23 acres adjoining the larger site. Director Rude said replatting the acreage will allow for future expansion of the facility without Greenleaf having to return to the Plan Commission for approval.