Plan board rejects industrial park near Honda plant

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A request to rezone 425 acres near the Honda Motor Co. plant near Greensburg was turned down in a 5-4 vote yesterday by the Decatur County Area Plan Board.

California-based Panattoni Development LLC asked to change the zoning from agricultural to industrial in order to develop the land for light manufacturing and warehousing.

Projects like the proposed industrial park are being encouraged by Gov. Mitch Daniels to take advantage of spinoff jobs from the $550 million plant.

The developer was represented by Baker & Daniels attorney Joseph Scimia, who helped the Japanese automaker buy 1,700 acres nearby.

However, more than 50 appeared at the Plan Board meeting to protest, said David Neuman, Decatur County area plan director and building commissioner.

Panattoni hasn’t appealed to the county commission, Neuman said. But if it does, the appeal will be accompanied by his recommendation to approve the request.

The developer built a warehouse in Plainfield that was leased to Epson America Inc. in 2005, and is building an office building at City Center Drive and Pennsylvania Street in Carmel.

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