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Brownsburg Town Council denies petition for apartment complex proposal

Compiled by Melissa Gibson

The Brownsburg Town Council met April 13 for a regular meeting at Brownsburg Town Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 27 at 61 N. Green St., Brownsburg. 

What happened: Travis Tranbarger, parks and recreation director, shared the Park Board summary. 

What this means: Virgil Park development is underway. The project should be complete by early fall. In addition, the department five-year strategic master plan process began with the intent to seek community input. It should be completed by early fall. 

The department is still looking for teams to sign up for the April 22 town-wide clean up and Weed Wrangle at Williams Park. They are working with the National Art Honor Society to create a recycled art piece from material collected at the cleanup. 

What happened: Ethan Pierce, economic development director, brought a resolution to the council concerning the Wynne Farms Tax Increment Financing (TIF). 

What this means: The area has seen increased residential development, prompting a property base value assessment. The town’s financial advisor Bob Swintz recommended removing some residential parcels from the TIF district to avoid further issues. The decision will not impact the town’s ability to make debt payments on outstanding bonds and does not change the percentage of assessed value that goes to the town. The council approved the resolution unanimously. 

What happened: Pierce requested a resolution in regard to the new Economic Development Area, Northfield Drive Business Park. 

What this means: The new property includes two parcels at the northwest corner of U.S. 136 and West Northfield Drive, currently part of the North Beltway TIF. The purpose is to allow the town to restart the life of the TIF and profit from potential projects developed. The council approved the resolution unanimously. 

What happened: A rezoning ordinance was brought before the council concerning property at 204 E. Main St., northeast corner of Jefferson and Main streets. 

What this means: Jodi Dickey, development services director, said the applicant requests a rezoning of the property from Institutional (IS) to Urban Commercial (UC) to allow for a counseling office and residential use at the former Trinity Presbyterian Church. The council approved the ordinance on first reading unanimously. 

What happened: Dickey presented a potential ordinance for voluntary annexation to the Town of Brownsburg. 

What this means: Prestige Citywide/Indy Decorative Concrete requested a two phased annexation for property at 3885 N. Ind. 267. The first phase of annexation was completed Feb. 23. The council unanimously approved the ordinance on the first reading. 

What happened: Dickey brought a motion to consider a conditional rezone for Carr Property Group. 

What this means: Carr Property Group requested a conditional rezone upon annexation for the property at the southeast corner of East County Road 300 N and South Green Street from Neighborhood Commercial (NC) to High Density Multi-Family Residential (M3) to construct an apartment development with a small retail component. 

The property is approximately 16 acres and would include 154 apartments and a four-acre retail area along Green St. The request came with no recommendation from the Advisory Plan Commission (APC) due to concern over density and traffic. 

Council president Travis Tschaenn and council member Ben Lacey said the project didn’t reflect responsible growth and development, citing bad timing. The petitioner spoke offering a reduction in units and increase in retail space, requesting the council to reconsider. The proposed development would not be open until late 2025. The council voted unanimously against the rezone petition.

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