PITTSBURGH An Indiana
scrapyard owner who has been operating for years without the
necessary permits has been ordered to close his business.
Marlin Knepp, who operates the
Shipshewana-based business, has been denied a zoning variance
by the LaGrange County Board of Zoning Appeals that is
necessary to continue operations.
Knepp operates on property that
is zoned A-1 agriculture, and a feeder yard isnt an
acceptable use. His business came under scrutiny after
neighbors complained that the scrapyard was in a state of
disarray and dragging down their property values.
An August 2011 nuisance hearing
had been canceled after Knepp promised to clean the area, but
the property reverted back to its earlier state by February,
according to minutes from a subsequent nuisance hearing in
After the last hearing, Knepp
cleaned up the site and sought a variance. He couldnt be
reached for comment.