Ask The Mayor: Crawfordsville's Todd Barton On The Courage Needed To Plan And Zone

Apr 25, 2019

The mayor says it's time for county leaders to make some tough decisions -- choices he says they've been putting off.
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Though the discussion about wind farms in Montgomery County doesn’t affect Crawfordsville directly, it’s connected to the ongoing talks about a comprehensive plan and zoning rules county leaders are considering. And those have been nothing if not contentious.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we have Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton weigh in on a loud, and sometimes unruly, last month of talks, and see if he can separate fact from fiction.

We also dig into the language of those documents and ask whether it’s okay for the county’s first attempt at a comprehensive plan should say the county believe Section 8 housing is an undesirable use of land, akin to industrial polluters and landfills.

A city with an active human rights commission such as Crawfordsville might have something to say about the way poor people are treated as the county outlines its next couple decades of development.