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October 19, 2013

U.S. 50 corridor plan brings county, city officials together

Between the city of Washington and the town of Montgomery a large part of the U.S. 50 corridor is now under some type of planning and zoning.

Washington’s maps now reach from the White River to CR 450E and Montgomery from the east side of Country Oaks Golf Course to the Montgomery’s wastewater treatment plant on the east side of town. Washington officials expanded the planning zone earlier this week about a mile and half outside of the new city limits. “We did talk about going the full two miles,” said Washington Mayor Joe Wellman, “but that would have put us in the middle of the golf course. We felt it was better to stop at a natural line.”

That means for now the area of the golf course and a handful of homes are the only areas between the two communities that don’t fall under some kind of planning jurisdiction.

That will change this January when the new Daviess County planning maps go into effect.

“We hope that eventually one of those communities would expand and take in that area,” said President of the Daviess County Advisory Plan Commission Dennis Helms. “We had not considered it a lot. We just thought Washington and Montgomery would want to look at it. That would put three jurisdictions right there at the golf course and that could be confusing for developers in the future.”

Planning and zoning efforts have expanded during the past couple of years. Montgomery put maps into place about a year ago. Daviess County will begin in January and while Washington has long had zoning the recent annexation to the east has expanded its reach. “State law gives cities and towns the authority to extend their planning areas and build in buffer zones,” said Wellman. “It helps control future growth and development.”

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