The issue: Whether a 35-acre athletic field complex proposed by the Indiana Bandits will be allowed to move forward at 353 S. CR 250W.
Who decides: The Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals
When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Hancock County Annex, 111 American Legion Place, in Greenfield.
GREENFIELD — The payoff pitch comes Thursday over a controversial 35-acre athletic complex proposed by the Indiana Bandits youth baseball league across the road from the residents of Spring Lake.
The county approved the Bandits’ complex earlier this summer, but in July, homeowners along CR 250W south of U.S. 40 launched a protest. The campaign has included meetings, placement of yard signs and letters to the editor urging the project be denied.
The battle Thursday figures to be fought over what ordinarily is a simple definition. Though county land-use regulations state that “parks and/or playgrounds (including athletic facilities)” are permitted uses on the land, residents of Spring Lake and nearby neighborhoods argue the complex is not a “park” as contemplated by county ordinances. Allowing the ballpark to be built, they say, will significantly alter the landscape of their community.