Expanding horizons: Greenwood plans city's growth with trio of annexations

Greenwood is looking at annexing more land, including where a new Interstate 65 interchange is planned.

The city is planning three annexations that would extend its borders to the southeast, smooth out its edges to the south and take in a Center Grove area neighborhood where residents have asked to be annexed.

In total, the city plans to annex at least 2,000 acres, planning director Ed Ferguson said. The city also is taking the first steps needed to be able to annex more land in the Center Grove area, west of the city, in the future.

A few hundred newly annexed residents would have to pay city property taxes and would get city services, such as police protection. They could vote in city elections and would have to follow city rules.

Greenwood is focusing on growing to the east and the southeast, but the city also plans to annex the Shepherds Grove neighborhood just west of city limits in White River Township. Residents in that community of duplexes have signed petitions asking to become part of the city because they’re tired of uncertainty and don’t want to become part of a new town of Center Grove.

A few neighboring property owners near Smith Valley Road and State Road 135 also asked to be included in that annexation, city council member Mike Campbell said.

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