Justices ruled the town “did not satisfy its burden of proving it had met the statutory requirements for annexing the disputed territory.”
Two square miles of Hamilton County where residents for years resisted becoming part of Carmel, despite being surrounded by it, are soon to become much more Carmel-like.
The long legal battle between the city of Carmel and the residents of the small community in Clay Township known as Home Place appears to be over.
In his decision, Special Judge Matthew Kincaid wrote that the residents of the 1,017-acre area of unincorporated Clay Township did not prove all of the elements necessary to prevent Carmel’s annexation.
Attorneys on both sides of the lengthy annexation battle that involves a 1,017-acre area of unincorporated Clay Township are now debating whether residents receive all the public services they need without assistance from Carmel.
Most of the discussion at the hearing centered on whether Zionsville is adjacent to Perry Township, which is required under state law when governing bodies merge.
In the state’s fastest-growing county, Boone, the two fastest-growing towns both hope to stake a claim to unincorporated Perry Township.
Supporters say the only way a city should be able to annex property is if the majority of landowners agree. Opponents, though, are worried legislators are gutting a key tool that municipalities use for growth and economic development.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday signed a bill into law that reshapes Marion County government through the elimination of four at-large City-County Council seats and other changes.
Property owners southeast of Geist Reservoir are vowing to fight involuntary annexation of a 9-square-mile area by the town of Fortville, which would add $53.5 million to its property tax base.
Cities and towns would lose the power to annex land against the owners’ will, under a bill that easily cleared the Indiana Senate.
The Town of Bargersville won a legal dispute Monday that will allow it to annex 739 parcels within three miles of Greenwood’s
city limits and become the exclusive sewer-service provider in the area.