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TOSC to City: Open space comes first in Banning Lewis Ranch

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  • Pam Zubeck

The Trails and Open Space Coalition board (on which Indy Publisher Carrie Simison sits) recently voted unanimously on two resolutions regarding the controversial Banning Lewis Ranch. City Council is due in late April to vote on changes to the 1988 annexation agreement for the 20,000-acre ranch to make development more affordable.

TOSC wants the city to pursue Trails, Open Space and Parks open space applications to preserve up to 5,000 acres of the ranch prior to approving the amended annexation agreement.

"We want council to support the Parks Master Plan goals created in 2014 that set aside a significant portion of BLR for open space and recreation," TOSC's website says.

Second, TOSC wants the city to require developers to not only dedicate land for parks, trails and open space, but also require them to build and maintain them, noting the city already has 20 neighborhood and community parks on a list waiting for funding.

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