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Elkhart County Commissioners recently gave final approval for a proposed recreational vehicle storage lot near Middlebury, Ind, despite heavy opposition from the site’s neighbors.

The Elkhart Truth reported that commissioners unanimously approved rezoning a property on C.R. 2, just west of the LaGrange County line and south of the Indiana/Michigan border, from agricultural to manufacturing. Indiana Transport plans to build a lot there for the staging of RVs before their delivery to dealers around the country.

Nearby residents, including those living on or near Stone Lake to the southeast, fought the proposal, saying it will ruin their rural and lake lifestyle. They filled the room at a Jan. 8 public hearing before the county plan commission voted 7-0 to send it to commissioners with a favorable recommendation. They turned out heavily again at the Feb. 16 commissioners meeting, where commissioners formally tabled the item but signaled they’d approve it later if Indiana Transport agreed to a set of commitments.

County officials said they sympathized with the Stone Lake community but felt that commercial and industrial development already has spread too far east along C.R. 2 to turn things back.

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