VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind (WEHT) – Hundreds of properties in Vanderburgh County have been placed on a red flag list.
That means something on the property is not up to code or zoning standards, even though the property has been that way for years.
These owners are finding out they can’t sell those properties until those violations are addressed until now.
According to Vanderburg County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave, the local government stripped the property value for multiple homeowners.
“I know that sounds kind of drastic but that is indeed the case by putting on what the area planned commission called a red flag.”
The red flag prohibited property owners and future buyers from developing properties, selling, and even internal repairs.
Evelyn Hanson-Davis was one of the buyers affected.
Davis was trying to acquire the family home that was passed down for generations but was immediately turned away due to the red flag ordinance.
“Well when I learned of the red flag and that was in June, I was a little confused, I was a little intimidated I was a little frustrated you are looking forward to acquiring a property and moving forward and one of the things the red flags does is make it harder or perhaps impossible to get certain permits.”
Davis wasn’t alone. Other homeowners found themselves under the same circumstances.
“And they all think you know how did this happen? Who am I supposed to talk to and most folks never figure out who they are supposed to talk to. So they suffer and they live with these consequences, says Musgrave.
Commissioner Musgrave says the commissioners’ office worked for months to undo what seemed like a nightmare for homeowners and buyers.
“We eliminated the area plan adding more rules to a process just because they felt like it so that’s what’s happening. So we put a stop to that.”
Now properties who had zoning issues before April this year have been removed from the list.
Davis says she’s thankful for city officials stepping in to help.
“What a remarkable effort on the part of the Vanderburgh County Commissioners. I’m really grateful to all of the hard work that went into this.”
“on the one hand, I’m super happy that we were able to remove the red flag. But on the other hand, I am just stunned that the red flags were put on, to begin with, ” says Musgrave.
(This story was originally published on December 12, 2019)
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