Point out proposes business enterprise growth on agricultural land northwest of Lebanon | Across Indiana

The Indiana Office of Financial Growth has approached city and county leaders about a proposed organization development that would sit on 4,000 to 7,000 acres of farm and household land northwest of Lebanon.

Couple of information are recognised by regional officers.

“Apparently they fulfilled with Mayor (Matthew) Gentry a pair of weeks in the past, and then they came to meet with us,” Boone County Commissioner Jeff Wolfe mentioned Friday.

“I do not know if I have something verified that I can comment on at this time,” Gentry claimed past week. “I do consider there is a person seeking to assemble quite a little bit of house out there … We don’t have any immediate facts at this time.”

Wolfe mentioned he, the commissioners’ legal professional Robert Clutter, and Boone County Financial Development Government Director Molly Whitehead achieved with state officers Thursday, but the officials gave little details away.

Commissioners have scheduled a particular conference open up to the public at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Western Boone Jr.-Sr. Large College gymnasium, 1205 Ind. 75, Thorntown.

“We want to get input from the neighborhood and see what their thoughts are,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe stated information are several, but the condition did expose that:

• It intends to develop 4,000-7,000 acres north of Ind. 32 and along U.S. 52 and encompassing the Hazelrigg region in the Western Boone College district

• The point out aims to attract substantial-conclusion users and will involve environmentally friendly area to make it “more suitable to the public than a usual enterprise park would be”

• Condition officials do not still have finish end users for the park but have talked with some intrigued providers and

• The proposal is centered on models developed by other states.

What’s up coming?

“So considerably they’ve not shared a great deal information and facts about the progress with us, but they want to start off doing the job with the county to establish a approach,” Wolfe stated. “We do know a broker has been operating on making contact with landowners and trying to get land underneath possibility.”

Place house owners alongside Hazlerigg Road and in other portions of the focused place started indicating months ago that a broker preferred to get their land below agreement to obtain.

The point out indicated the agricultural and household acres might want to be annexed by Lebanon and would require rezoning but did not reveal what zoning would be necessary for the enhancement, Wolfe stated.

The point out are unable to power the enhancement more than taxpayer needs.

“Nothing is a finished deal,” Wolfe claimed. “They cannot do everything without the need of rezoning, so there is neighborhood management when it comes to that, and to my knowledge, they haven’t shut any specials on land.”

Wolfe claimed he expects to meet up with with state officials yet again right before Thursday’s assembly so he has far more information and facts for those who go to.