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Update the ordinances, regulations and design practices to be more sustainable and to improve Indy residents’ quality of life providing the foundation for redevelopment into vibrant communities.

The Indy Rezone work plan is a dual-track approach:
1) Review of development regulations from a county-wide perspective using topical taskforces, and
2) Review zoning and building regulations from a localized, neighborhood level using 3 consecutive prototype areas to address their situation-specific issues.
The three prototype areas are: Smart Growth District (SGD), University Heights Village (UHV), and East 10th Street corridor. The successful facets of these prototype Neighborhood Invigoration Initiatives will be replicated after the grant award period throughout the county in areas that are in a similar situation.
At the county-wide level, six task forces will be formed to review these topics:

1.    Residential Development
2.    Non-Residential Development (Commercial, Industrial, Special Uses, Mixed Use, TOD)
3.    Parking & Streets
4.    Process & Administration of Development
5.    Wellfield & Gravel-Sand-Borrow & Flood Control
6.    Signs

These topical taskforces will learn, share, react, suggest, and respond to development regulations affecting their particular focus; the topical taskforces will also gain instructive feedback from the efforts in the 3 prototypes areas.
Overseeing the taskforces and the prototype area efforts will be a Steering Committee that listens, learns, and provides policy directives for the Core Team, and champions the project.
The topical taskforces will include community leaders, elected officials, topical experts, industry representatives and neighborhood representatives as well as representation from agencies within city government that exert considerable influence over the development regulations.  At a minimum, these include: The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement, IndyGo (the local transit company).

Specifically, Indy Rezone will be successful upon presentation of amendments for adoption that:

§ require minimum densities

§ allow more mixed use opportunities

§ require less area devoted to parking

§ regulate how water edges are ‘developed’

§ require the removal of current encroachment upon water edges

§ require more natural filtration of surface water

§ evaluate waste stream and improve recycling

§ require multi-modal connectivity

§ redevelop areas to be pedestrian-friendly

   Pedestrian-friendly requires changes to:

ü Setbacks, including establishing build-to lines

ü road widths requirements

ü road configurations

ü sidewalk requirements

ü streetscape infrastructure requirements

ü landscaping requirements

ü sign limitations

ü establishing form and relationship standards of the buildings to the street

Final proposals will be prepared and sent for adoption by MDC and the City-County Council, as well as other appropriate boards.


Background Information

2010 HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant: Indy Rezone Grant narrative  13 pages


Work Diagram for Indy Rezone


Information on our Built Environment


Intern Application Packet


More good works 

Office of Sustainability