“It’s new and there are a lot of misconceptions,” said County Councilman Kenneth Soliday. “I think it is a good ordinance but it is going to take some education.”
The new planning and zoning ordinance is also affecting other portions of local government. The county commissioners have begun forwarding all notifications of state permits on to the board of zoning appeals to make certain those projects go through the proper local channels.
“It’s a learning curve for the area plan commission, the board of zoning appeals and the public,” said Arthur. “It’s going to take a lot of work to make this effective.”
The county wide zoning was spurred by the construction of I-69. Officials felt the need to protect land owners from unregulated projects along the new highway but by law could not limit zoning to those areas.
“I think it was done right, especially in terms of existing businesses and farms,” said Councilman Mike Sprinkle. “It was zoned to protect those in place. Zoning can prohibit growth, but that isn’t the case here. We can build and we can grow. You just have to learn the rules and follow them.”