Mixed Emotions Over I-69 Rezoning in Gibson Co.

While driving on I-69 you might notice there is a lot of land, but that could change. 

"If you would just pan around and look," Keith Casey says. "This is the view that I have for my home and I want to keep that in tact."

But that might change as Gibson County economic leaders have started talking development. 

Gibson County Economic Development president Paul Waters says there is going to be natural development, and hopes this will clarify the facts.

"It's in the works," Waters says. "It's so much in the works that there's not really much you can actually talk about and people say well you don't have a plan, well yes we do, but it's constantly changing."

Development though, is the fear of some local farmers. 

"All the people that live outside these immediate exits are affected by this," Casey says. "None of us want to give up our view and especially our property values."

Gibson County farmer Gary Seibert says, "Agriculture is big in Gibson County and there is a different type of growth. If we're going to have growth we need smart growth. Agriculture needs to be protected and agriculture needs to be at the table and we need to be part of this planning process."

But agriculture does not take the back seat, according to Waters.

"Economy around here is the agricultural economy and so we're an agriculture county and we have always been and that's what we want to make it friendly towards," Waters says. 

Once the plan has been made, economic development officials say they will hold public meetings to discuss it, possibly some time in October. 

But we're told it is still very early on in the process. 

(This story was originally published September 20, 2017)


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