Land Use Petitions
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Land Use Petitions

Land use petitions are not handled by Infrastructure, but certain aspects that typically go along with land use petitions (such as streets, connections to sanity services, drainage, etc.) come under infrastructure review.  Land use petitions can be filed at the Current Planning office, Room 1821, City County Building, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have questions on how to obtain forms, how to complete the materials required to file the petition(s), fees, etc, call Current Planning's main desk at (317)327-5155.

Current Planning provides the following types of land use petitions, and administers the petition process, which culminates in the approval or denial of the petition request(s). A description of each type of petition is provided below. These petitions are applications to permit changes in land use, site development standards, or the legal establishment of existing uses.

  1. Rezoning Petitions: in which a petitioner files a request to rezone a parcel, to permit different land uses.
  2. Variance of Use Petitions: in which a petitioner files a request to vary from the uses permitted by the current zoning of a parcel.
  3. Variance of Development Standards Petitions: in which the petitioner files a request to vary from development standards required and associated with the current zoning of a parcel. (for example, not meeting the required setbacks, building height, parking requirements, etc)
  4. Special Exception Petitions: in which the petitioner files a request to permit a certain special use on a parcel, under specific circumstances, as permitted by the applicable zoning ordinance. Types of Special Exceptions include: manufactured housing, religious, commercial, and industrial.
  5. Approval Petitions: in which a petitioner files a request to provide for development in a unique zoning district, such as a park or hospital district or the Regional Center (downtown) district.
  6. Approval Petitions: in which a petitioner files a request to provide for a modification of commitments or conditions, design, or site plan, approved under a previous petition for a parcel.
  7. Plat Petitions: in which a petitioner files a request to subdivide land into lots for development.
  8. Vacation Petitions: in which a petitioner files a request to vacate and existing plat or to remove a public right-of-way from public control (such as any portion of a public alley or street).

A full explanation of permitted land uses and required development standards can be obtained by reviewing the zoning code. The Municipal Code for Indianapolis/Marion County is also available.