BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (December 16, 2022) — The Boone County Commissioners provided the following statement after the Lebanon City Council voted to annex more than 5,000 acres of land into the LEAP Lebanon Innovation and Research district.
“The Commissioners respect the votes made by members of the Lebanon City Council on Monday. However, we recognize that some community members do not support the development. From day one, we have listened to all of our constituents and have been cooperating with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) as they continue to pursue the proposed development. We have shared information as it has become available since learning about the proposed development and have taken proactive steps to ensure the quality of life in Boone County remains intact.
We have been cognizant of the potential impacts to the rural and agricultural character of our community and are sensitive to the affected residents. About 600 acres of land will remain in Boone County’s control and we fully support the process of implementing a strategic Planned Unit Development (PUD). We believe that development is inevitable, but we want to ensure it is being handled in the appropriate way. At this point in time, it is our belief that responsible growth may only be achieved through conscientious and deliberate planning.”