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Development on horizon in New Salisbury

The Harrison County Board of Commissioners Monday morning approved a zone change in preparation of development on the northeast corner of the New Salisbury intersection of state roads 135 and 64.
The 38-acre property, purchased by Steve Thieneman Builders LLC, will be zoned for commercial businesses (B-2) along the state road frontage going back 250 feet.
The remaining area, 26.2 acres, will be zoned residential (R-3), which includes the potential for multi-family units as well as single-family homes.
The property is currently farm and wood land.
Sewage treatment is available from the Harrison County Regional Sewer District, which has lines in place in the area and owns the treatment plant just east of the property at the Berkshire Pointe Mobile Home Park.
A 10-inch water line also is available off of Whiskey Run Road, Eric Wise, county planner, told the board.
Wise said there will be no additional driveways off of the state roads but, instead, two or three access roads. The potential commercial businesses will be accessed from the back. The access road will act as the divider between commercial and residential structures.
Wise said based on acreage the site could provide 770 apartment units, 140 duplexes or 150 single-family lots. But, he expects it will be a mixture of those three options and doesn’t expect the demand will lead to the maximum numbers.
‘I’m kind of excited to see that developed,’ Commissioner Charlie Crawford, who lives northwest of New Salisbury, said. ‘It’s basically what I hoped to see.’
The property had been for sale for a couple of years and was made more desirable with the construction of the sanitary sewer system in the area.
Calling it the crossroads of the county, sewer board president Tom Tucker, at a previous Regional Sewer District board meeting, said it was only a matter of time before the area would be developed. As it stands now, the district has capacity for add-ons in New Salisbury.
Crawford made the motion to approve the zone changes, and it passed 3-0. The final plat for the property will be presented at a later time.
The commissioners’ next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon, and the next November Regional Sewer District meeting will be Friday, Nov. 17, at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Community Foundation building in north Corydon.