Center Grove Cityhood On Hold As Hearings Debated

Several governmental bodies must approve Center Grove's push to become an independent entity.

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Residents in an area of Johnson County known as Center Grove are trying to pull away from Greenwood, but need approval first.

An effort to turn the largest unincorporated area in Indiana into a town has hit a snag. The Johnson County Commission wants to move forward with plans to turn Center Grove into a town of roughly 35-thousand people. Under state law, it needs permission from the cities of Greenwood and Indianapolis since Center Grove‘s border is so close to both cities.

While no one expects Indianapolis to object, some members of the Greenwood City Council say they don‘t want to weigh in until after the county commission holds a public hearing.

But Jody Veldkamp with the group Citizens For Center Grove says commissioners understandably don‘t want to hold a public hearing until the Greenwood council says whether or not it objects to Center Grove becoming a town. That‘s because the commission has to send a certified letter to every household that would be within Center Grove‘s town limits to notify homeowners of a hearing – which would cost Johnson County more than $50,000.

Veldkamp says commissioners are consulting with Johnson County‘s attorney regarding how they should proceed.

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