Rezoning could help residents

HANCOCK COUNTY — In an effort to reverse unintended consequences, the Hancock County Area Plan Commission will consider rezoning 23 single-family homes and lots in northwest Hancock County.

In 2007, properties fronting Mt. Comfort Road and CR 500N were given an industrial business park zoning under the rationale that changing the land from an agricultural to industrial designation would help attract investment.

“I think we had the goal at the time of doing a good thing by raising the property value,” said county planning director Mike Dale. “By changing it to industrial, we thought we were making it more attractive.”

However, the recession hit not long after the rezoning was approved. There has been little interest in development, and now residents in the area are finding that living on industrially zoned property is problematic.

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