Controversial barn business discussed at Carroll Co. APC meeting

Controversial catering barn and CAFO were the hot topics of discussion at Carroll County area plan (WLFI).
Controversial catering barn and CAFO were the hot topics of discussion at Carroll County area plan (WLFI).

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A catering barn was one of many hot topics discussed at a Carroll County Area Plan Commission meeting Tuesday night.

Vintage Oaks Banquet Barn was under scrutiny from nearby neighbors who believe the the party barn draws in noise, trash and too many cars for the area.

Neighbors filed a lawsuit that stated the barn wasn’t protected under the agriculture zoning ordinance.

The area plan commission passed a motion Tuesday to add the barn venue to the zoning ordinance.

Vintage Oaks Banquet Barn’s owner, Haley Seyfert, said she is happy to finally move forward.

“It’s overwhelming to see how many people supported us and that there is so much good going on,” Seyfert said.

Neighbors who filed the complaint, including Cindy McLeland, said they’re not stopping their efforts to bar the barn from disrupting their lives.

“The judge said … it was dismissed without prejudice, which means we can take them back to court,” McLeland said. “Our attorney said the next process is to take them back to court.”

A banquet barn wasn’t the only topic touched on at Tuesday’s meeting.

A proposed confined animal feeding operation to be built near the Hoosier Heartland corridor was denied by a majority of the APC. Public concerns of odor, property value and water quality were some reasons the committee voted it down.