Brownsburg Council approves rezone for motorsports complex

By Melissa Gibson

The Brownsburg Town Council met Jan. 26 for a regular meeting at Brownsburg Town Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at 61 N. Green St., Brownsburg. 

What happened: Council heard the Police Department Report update from Chief Joe Grimes.

What this means: The police department has several officers retiring soon, and they began realigning staff with promotions and the process to hire officers. Grimes received 29 applications from inexperienced people, and lateral recruitment applications will be available in early February. 

What happened: Council heard the Fire Territory Report from Todd Miller, Deputy Chief of Administration.

What this means: The Fire Territory is beginning their hiring process soon. The executive board recently passed a policy to allow lateral transfers a credit of three years of vacation and sick days. Six recently hired members will be caught up retroactively.

What happened: Community relations manager Shelby Abner shared information about grants and the communications report. 

What this means: In addition to a new camera in place at the Brownsburg Town Hall, Abner shared a guide created with the Brownsburg Chamber that highlights local businesses and town offerings. They hope to make connections between residents and businesses. 

Abner also shared the town was awarded $1.1 million grants in 2022 with future projects planned for those funds. 

What happened: Jodi Dickey, development services director, presented the second, third and final adoption for an ordinance to rezone 46 acres from agricultural to motor sports. 

What this means: Just west of Lucas Oil Raceway Park, the property located at the northeast corner of Ronald Reagan Parkway and Raceway Boulevard includes six lots. The plan is to create a commerce park for the motorsports industry. “This is exactly the type of project we’re looking to bring to this location,” council president Travis Tscheann said. The council unanimously approved the second, third and final adoption.