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The Elkhart (Ind.) County Commissioners voted Monday (June 3) to deny a request by Monaco Coach Corp. to rezone for industrial uses a 48-acre parcel adjacent to its Wakarusa, Ind., manufacturing plant.
However, a Monaco spokesman said the decision is not a setback for the Coburg, Ore.-based company.
“We were disappointed in the commissioner’s ruling, however, we didn’t have immediate plans to expand at that location, so no real harm done,” said Mike Duncan, Monaco’s manager of investor relations. “At this point, we haven’t considered where we might go from here. Since there was not an immediate need for the land, we may just drop it altogether.
“It would have been nice to proceed, but it’s not imperative that we expand at this time,” said Duncan, who added that Monaco’s factories in Oregon and Indiana currently are operating at 70% capacity.
Monaco sought the rezoning because the owner of the property offered to sell it to the company.
In voting down the request, the county commissioners bowed to pressure from Wakarusa residents who cited the usual reasons for opposing a rezoning request: concerns about their property values, air quality and traffic volume, the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth newspaper reported.