The Goshen (Ind.) Redevelopment Commission approved economic incentives Tuesday (Jan. 30) during a special meeting which grew heated as residents questioned why they were acting without more knowledge of the annexation the incentives are tied to.

The Elkhart Truth reported that the commission voted 3-2 on separate agreements with Lippert Components and D-Act-Z, which are seeking annexation of about 150 acres north of C.R. 36 on the east edge of town. The agreements would use tax increment finance district revenue to reimburse whichever company first develops the land with infrastructure like water and sewer lines and a sidewalk.

Lippert plans to build a $20 to $40 million facility on its portion of the land, according to Steve Jenkins, vice president of operations. D-Act-Z, a Middlebury company formed in 2016 with Daryl Zook serving as principal, does not have any known plans for its property.

The Goshen Plan Commission will also vote at its Feb. 20 meeting on whether to recommend annexation based on whether it considers Lippert’s plans an appropriate use of the land.

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