The Washington Times-Herald

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October 19, 2013

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

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With the opening of I-69, community leaders believe the U.S.50 corridor will become the focal point for future development in the area.

That makes planning and zoning important. “If you are trying to attract a large new company to your community, they won’t go into an area that isn’t zoned,” said Ron Arnold with the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. “They don’t want to invest millions into a project and then have something totally inappropriate move in next door. The establishment of zoning in the area is a good thing for economic development.”

Development along I-69 is something Washington wants to see. “It’s all about how we want to see our community grow and develop,” said Wellman.

“It gives you the opportunity to put things together that belong together. It protects both current property owners and those in the future.”

Officials believe that eventually the growth and development coming off of the interstate will head their way. They see zoning as a way to protect property owners in the future. “A lot of people get tore up about zoning,” said Montgomery Building Commissioner Jeremy Wininger. “It’s really about protecting their property. If it begins growing here we can have some leverage to protect people, make certain there is room for further development. It’s really about protecting people’s property down the road.”

The growth of the zoning maps may make for some confusion in the future for people looking to build and develop land.

That has the city and county looking at a joint effort to try and simplify the process. Talks on how to do that will be the focal point of a meeting Monday night at the Daviess County Courthouse. “We’re meeting with the city to see if we can come up with one place that will be an initial point of contact for people looking to build and develop,” said Helms.

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