Lebanon Reporter

Local News

March 19, 2014

City shares interchange plan with county

What city officials called a draft of a plan that would govern development in a roughly triangular area between Interstate 65, Indiana 39 and CR 250 S was outlined to the Boone County Commissioners Monday.

The Interchange Land Use Plan covers about 2,500 acres; about1,500 acres are already within the city limits and the balance is in an unincorporated area of Center Township. It has also been referred to as the Indiana 39 South plan.“We just felt like we needed to get ahead of development,” Lebanon Mayor Huck Lewis said of the proposal written by American Structurepoint, a firm specializing in engineering, architecture and planning. “We had some interest in the area from developers.”That interest includes commercial uses on the east side of Ind. 39 for about a mile south of the current city limits.“There’s been a lot of misrepresentation and inaccuracies as to what we’re trying to do,” Lewis said. “It’s not our job to tell a farmer that he can sell his ground, or can’t sell his ground.”The plan has not been formally adopted; that step can be taken only by the Lebanon City Council. The city’s plan commission will have a public hearing on the plan’s draft at 7 p.m. April 21, in the Lebanon Municipal Building.“The official land use plan would come through with the new updated comprehensive plan,” Charlie Campbell, Lebanon director of planning and zoning, told the commissioners. “This land use plan ... is not the official land use plan for the city of Lebanon.”But, Campbell told the commissioners, “to say we’re not following the comprehensive plan is obscene.”The interchange plan draft is not a rezoning document, Campbell said.

Aaron Smith, a Lebanon resident who has been critical of the interchange plan, asked the commissioners to oppose the city’s effort to regulate development outside its municipal limits, by adopting a resolution he had submitted.“You folks need to draw a line in the sand and tell Lebanon that it is not correct for them to be planning in the unincorporated areas of Center Township,” Smith said.

Text Only
Local News

Featured items
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide