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.