At their meeting on February 18, the New Carlisle Town Council unanimously voted to pass a resolution calling for a moratorium on the implementation of the Indiana Enterprise Center (IEC).
Residents of New Carlisle, Olive Township, and South Bend spoke in opposition to St. Joseph County's plans for 7,200 acres east of New Carlisle.
The overflow crowd cheered as the resolution was approved by the council.
The statement was signed by President Marcy Kauffman, Vice President Jordon Budreau, and members Samantha Rush, Jerry Colanese, and Dave Doll.
The letter also reflects the position of the Olive Township Trustee and Township Advisory Board.
The full text of the statement can be read below:
The New Carlisle Town Council, the Olive Township Trustee and the Olive Township Advisory Board value our existing relationships with various industrial partners and look to continue and strengthen those relationships. As has been practiced in the past, the Town and Olive Township will evaluate each new industrial and commercial opportunity on its own merit in consideration of our water utility, the aquifer, the overall environmental impacts and the effect on quality of life for our residents.
Regarding the Indiana Enterprise Center (IEC), the New Carlisle Town Council and Olive Township request that the St. Joseph County Redevelopment Commission, Commissioners and Council adhere to the current St. Joseph County Comprehensive Plan which was passed in 2002. The County Comprehensive Plan calls for industrial development increases no greater than 2,400 acres west of South Bend, development of industry in a manner that avoids impacts to important natural habitat, and preservation of agricultural land uses.
In seeking alignment of the IEC to the 2002 St. Joseph County Comprehensive Plan, the New Carlisle Town Council and Olive Township ask for a moratorium on the implementation of the Indiana Enterprise Center until its master plan reflects such alignment. We also request more meaningful and intensive public involvement in the IEC master planning process.