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Clinton County leaders address rezoning project on State Road 28

Clinton County wants to revitalize a section of State Road 28 near Interstate 65. Some residents in that area aren't happy and say they feel like they are being forced to move.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 5:18 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 6:11 PM

CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Clinton County is planning to make some changes. Economic Development Director, Shan Sheridan, said the County plans to develop about 100 acres of land on the west side of the county.

"State Road 28 four lane expanded from Frankfort out to I-65 creates a really dynamic logistical opportunity for us, for industry,” said Sheridan.

Sheridan said it's called "smart growth." Meaning county leaders are careful not to take the first offer handed to them.

"We believe that these little clusters in our community are better than the wild west and just building something anywhere at any time,” said Sheridan. “So that's why good zoning and good planning is important."

Sheridan also said this is something that county leaders have been thinking about for years. 

"It's been in the works for many years," said Sheridan. "We're just hoping to work with the landowners and work with folks to make sure it's a very smooth transition."

Just five miles down State Road 28 is the City of Frankfort. Mayor Chris McBarnes said he is on board with new development in the county.

"As we drive more private investment into that corridor it's not only going to lower their taxes but it's going to lower taxes for everyone in Clinton County,” said McBarnes.

McBarnes said development is vital to the sustainability of Clinton County.

"The only way that we're going to bring more housing to this community the only way that we are going to drive the assessed value up is creating a rich environment where private investment seeks to come to," said McBarnes. 

McBarnes goes on to say that landowners will not be forced to sell or give up their land.

"It will be agricultural landowner's decision whether to sell their land or not," said McBarnes. "No one is forcing them to convert their ground from farm to industry."

Some residents like Kristie Stevens still aren't on board.

"We found out how they wanted to industrialize basically our whole area," said Stevens. "Which is pretty concerning to us."

Stevens said she wants a voice in the decision that could impact her family's home.

"It's just very important in that area to keep that agricultural aspect of things and keep our home a country home is what we want,” said Stevens.

Economic Development Director, Shan Sheridan, said he hopes construction can start in the Spring of 2020. The county held its first public hearing on the rezoning on November 5th. 

Click here for a calendar of upcoming meetings.

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