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Clark County

August 21, 2007

Jeffersonville City Council overrides annexation veto

Bethany Farms residents complain about Falcon Crest zoning

The Jeffersonville City Council moved forward with its annexation plans Monday, voting 6-1 to override Mayor Rob Waiz’s veto of the annexation ordinance that the council approved Aug. 6.

Only five votes were needed to override the veto.

But Council President Keith Fetz, one of only two current board members who are guaranteed a spot on the council next year, vowed that in January — as the annexation takes effect — he will ask the new City Council to undo the annexation of 7,800 acres and nearly 3,700 homes, a process that is formally known in Indiana as disannexation.

During the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment, the council heard from several annexation opponents, as well as people who live in the Bethany Farms/Stacy Road area, who expressed concerns about last-minute zoning changes to developer Robert Lynn’s 30-acre Falcon Crest housing development.

The zoning changes took place Aug. 6 in the form of an amendment to the annexation ordinance. They were made at Lynn’s request, just as zoning changes were made to several properties that are now farms.

Bethany Farms resident Don Bucholz expressed concerns about potential increases in traffic in his housing edition resulting from Falcon Crest, because the only entrance and exit from Lynn’s subdivision is via Bethany Farms.

“The volume of traffic here is eventually going to go up,” said Bucholz, adding that the late change in zoning “caught many people off guard.”

Bethany Farms resident Denise Ware said residents in her neighborhood have been fighting with Lynn through the Clark County Plan Commission since 2002 and that he has “refused to negotiate” with them.

They noted that the zoning changes to Lynn’s property mean that through annexation the city has managed to influence a neighborhood that isn’t even included in its growth plan.

“We are not part of your annexation, but we are directly affected by this,” said Ware.

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