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Residents fight Brownsburg rezoning, annexation

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The town of Brownsburg is growing, but some potential new residents are fighting to stay out.

Dozens filled the Brownsburg Town Hall on Monday to voice their concerns about rezoning which would accompany a proposed 4,500 acre annexation.

Many opposed to the changes live in an area north of town that is primarily agriculture. Some were pleading with the planning commission to keep their land zoned as farmland.

“The farm that they’re proposing to annex has been in my family since 1833 and we have children coming up who want to continue,” said Donna Garner Menchhofer.

If Garner’s land is rezoned as proposed, her farm would be split into two. She spoke up on Monday night in hopes of keeping the land from turning into an industrial zone.

“The east parcel would cease to exist as a family farm,” Menchhofer said.

There’s no doubt Brownsburg leaders have some tough decisions as they accommodate growth. In 1990, Brownsburg had just 7,628 residents, that jumped to 21,285 residents by 2010. The new annexation would add about 3,000 more.

“Fifteen years from now Brownsburg will be different, it’s going to be a lot different than it is today,” said one resident who spoke at the meeting. “The only thing that we want to make sure of is it’s better.”

For some, that means hoping the city at least allows them to keep their current way of life.

“I do hope that they heard me,” Menchhofer said. “If they didn’t then I’m not quite sure what avenue we will take.”

For others, the choice is more clear.

“I’m considering selling and moving out just because of it,” said Mark Medsker.

The planning commission will resume its public hearing on the north rezoning area on June 10.