Stating his case: Indiana Bandits President Ron Roberts and Bandits' attorney Michael Rabinowitch address the Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday during the appeal of county planners' decision to permit approve a 35-acre sports complex near Spring Lake. (Jim Mayfield/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Though the Indiana Bandits’ proposed sports complex on S. CR 250W went down swinging Thursday on a 3-2 vote by the Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals, the group says it will play on.
The BZA overturned county planning director Mike Dale’s decision earlier this year that the 35-acre complex was an allowable use as a park after residents in Spring Lake and surrounding neighborhoods quickly organized opposition to the project.
“It’s disappointing,” Bandits president Ron Roberts said Thursday after the vote.
When asked about the Bandits’ next play, Roberts simply said, “Move forward to court.”
Bandits’ attorney Michael Rabinowitch said the group will take some time to consider its alternatives, but indicated Thursday’s BZA decision was not a walk-off vote.
“I think it’s safe to say we’re exploring our options,” Rabinowitch said Friday. “We think the board’s decision is contrary to the ordinance and inconsistent with the determination of the planning department, which would warrant further consideration by the court,” he said.