The primary function of the Current Planning section of the Division of Planning, Department of Metropolitan Development, is to support the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC), and the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), by evaluating and administering approximately one thousand land use petitions annually. This includes support to other decision-making bodies functioning under the authority of the MDC, including the Hearing Examiner, Hearing Officer, and the Plat Committee.
The Current Planning staff also provides staff support for the town councils and variance boards of the excluded cities of Beech Grove, Lawrence, and Speedway.
The professional planners and support staff of the Current Planning office are a valuable resource to citizens, developers, and neighborhood organizations.
Additional functions of the section include: subdivision administration, zoning ordinance revision, and maintaining all Marion County zoning base maps.
APPLICATIONS & FORMSONLINE ZONING RESEARCH
The presence of an orange sign means that the property owner is applying for permission to develop the property in a way that requires a land use petition to be filed. To find out what is proposed for the site that you saw the sign located on, try using the on-line tool: Citizen Access Portal
Scroll down and select "Search cases" under the Planning/Historic Preservation box. Start by entering the address for the location on which you saw the sign. Choose the case you are interested in by clicking on the Petition Number. Details about the petition such as the type of petition, hearing date and assigned staff planner are available. Once you know the hearing date, check out:
If you would like more information, contact the staff planner assigned to the petition by referring to the directory: Current Planning Staff or calling (317) 327-5155.
In Marion County-Indianapolis, there are several different types of land use petitions; to learn about the different types, click ‘Land Use Petitions’. To learn about the steps and process of each of these petitions, click ‘Petition Processes’.
Regional Center Design Guidelines
The Indianapolis Regional Center Design Guidelines Assistant provide a community standard for urban design in the Regional Center. Building upon local heritage and character, the Guidelines encourage creativity, interest, and variety in the built environment.
Rules of Procedure
Metropolitan Development Commissioneffective Jul 1, 2014
MDC Rules (47 pages)
Fee Schedule for Filing Fees and Improvement Location Permits (9 pages)
Index to the Rules (2 pages)
Statement of CovenantsStatement of Commitments
Modification or Termination
Commitments for Variance or Special Exception
Open Occupancy and Equal Opportunity commitment
Appendix - Address Guidelines and Standards (21 pages)
Appendix - Manual for Supplemental Review Process (14 pages)
MDC Rules (47 pages)
Statement of Covenants
Board of Zoning Appeals
City-County Building200 E. Washington St.Suite 1842Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel: (317) 327-5155
HOURS: 8am to 5pm
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EPA's Green Infrastructure Series
New Zoning Ordinance webinars