Neighbors oppose rezoning, APC cannot agree, again


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – In a rare move, the Area Plan Commission of Tippecanoe County could not agree on a recommendation on a rezoning request Wednesday night.

The request is to rezone nearly three acres of land on County Road 500 North near Morehouse Road from residential to agricultural. It has the support of area planning staff.

Homeowner Derek Chisholm wants to relocate his Hotrods & Chrome auto repair business from Lafayette to the property, so he can better care for his children.

But 10 people, including Frank Fong, spoke up against the idea for a variety of reasons including flooding from a nearby creek. There was also a petition with 25 signatures against the request.

“We’re worried about the down drift of all the chemical waste and pollutions. You saw all the junk cars. They should keep all the things inside. They are not going to do it,” said Fong.

The APC vote was 7-4 in favor of the rezoning. But for a second month in a row, the APC did not have a conclusive eight-vote majority, so the request heads to the Tippecanoe County Commissioners next month without a recommendation.

“I’m not trying to cause any problems or put anybody in harm’s way,” said Chisholm. “I actually have residents closer to my business now than these people are to me.”

By a vote of 11-0, the APC vote recommended approval of the South Street Station apartment building. As News 18 has already reported, the four-story, 40-unit, 75-bedroom building is planned for the intersection of South and Salisbury streets in West Lafayette.

A vote by city council is scheduled for next month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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