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Commissioners, REA Conduct Stakeholder Meetings on Development Northwest of Lebanon
BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (September 7, 2022) — The Boone County Commissioners and Rundell Ernstberger Associates (REA) conducted multiple stakeholder meetings last week. Their goal was to understand possible opportunities and concerns the community may have about the proposed development area being planned by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) northwest of Lebanon.
Land use planner REA is working with Boone County to develop a planned unit development district (PUD) that will manage and guide growth in the area. The focus group meetings with REA and community stakeholders are part of the Commissioners’ cooperation with the IEDC on the LEAP project (Limitless Exploration/Advanced Pace).
“Following the State of Indiana’s planning and zoning law for PUD’s, we are determined to be as transparent and collaborative as possible during this process,” explained REA Partner Cynthia Bowen. “Our goal is to protect property owners and ensure that growth and development occurs responsibly and in an orderly fashion.”
The Commissioners and REA met with county departments, many of the local cities and towns and their staff, emergency services, school districts, the agricultural community, property owners, the IEDC, and other stakeholders directly impacted by potential future development.
“I’m pleased to see this proposed development be fully vetted, but we also need to ensure we are listening to stakeholders and landowners in the community,” said Boone County Commissioner President Jeff Wolfe. “I’m thankful to all members who shared their voice and their vision for what the future of this development will look like years down the road.”
Boone County continues to be an economic driver in central Indiana. The Commissioners are confident the efforts being made with REA will further the goals of the development.