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EARLIER: County to rescind zone change for Harley

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By Lisa King

Now that it's official that Harley-Davidson is not coming to Shelby County, Shelby County Fiscal Court has put the wheels in motion to rescind the zone change for the larger parcel of the property that had been earmarked for the company's motorcycle plant.

At a special-called meeting on Monday, magistrates agreed to put the matter on the court's agenda for their next regular meeting, which is Tuesday.

County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said that date was suggested by County Attorney Hart Megibben.

"He said that no action was needed today, but just to go ahead with the normal process on our next regular scheduled meeting of the Fiscal Court," Rothenburger said.

In an unprecedented move the court requested in September that two parcels of land in and near the Shelby County Industrial Park be rezoned from agricultural to industrial, positioning the land for Harley.

But that request included a stipulation for one of those parcels - 150 acres owned by Norfolk Southern Railroad and located in the industrial park on Joyes Station Road - that the request would be withdrawn should the Harley deal fall through.

Magistrate Michael Riggs had amended the motion on the zone change to include that language.

A second piece of property - 64 acres belonging to Jorita LLC - was not subject to being rescinded.

The other two items on Monday's agenda also pertained to the Harley-Davidson project, authorizing Rothenburger to write letters stating that those particular services no longer were required and to terminate the zone change.

"It will basically say that we no longer want the property," Rothenburger said.

The court also gave Rothenburger the go-ahead to write another letter to the engineering and design firms who were interested in working on the project.

"We had gotten six proposals and so we just want to tell them we will not be needing their services and thank them for their response," Rothenburger said.