Commissioners sign off on controversial drag strip plans

Published: Feb. 11, 2020 at 7:45 AM EST
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During their Monday meeting, Elkhart County commissioners signed off on revised plans to update and expand the Osceola Dragway near Elkhart.

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, commissioners voted 2-1, to approve a proposal to rezone the dragstrip along Ash Road and West Indiana Avenue Oct. 21. Plans included adding an approximately one-and-a-half mile road course, expanding seating and eventually constructing a new business park.

About three months after the vote, the developer submitted a new site plan. The revised plan was then incorporated into a rezoning ordinance and presented to the commissioners for their signatures.

The action came as the commissioners are defendants in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the approved rezoning and send the issue back for a further hearing.

The case filed in court on Jan. 24 alleges the decision was “arbitrary or capricious.”

A request on behalf of the commissioners was filed Monday, seeking more time, through March 21, to respond to the lawsuit’s allegations.

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