Indianapolis Zoning Ordinance Approved To Boost Transit-Oriented Development

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The changes aim to support and improve walkability, housing diversity and connectivity along bus rapid transit lines.  - FILE: WFYI

The changes aim to support and improve walkability, housing diversity and connectivity along bus rapid transit lines.

FILE: WFYI

A zoning ordinance targeting transit-oriented development in Indianapolis was approved on Wednesday. The changes aim to support and improve walkability, housing diversity and connectivity along bus rapid transit lines and other areas.

One of these lines is the Purple Line connecting the city center to the Far Eastside and Lawrence. Councilor-County La Keisha Jackson (D) said she was excited about what the ordinance could mean for residents.

“For many communities of color in Indianapolis, a lack of mobility has translated into a lack of“ upward mobility. ”This ordinance creates a symbiotic relationship that can help bring the two into neighborhoods like District 14 that have long been been cut off from the economic growth of our downtown core, ”Jackson said in a written statement.

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The Metropolitan Development Commission unanimously approved the changes and the changes will take effect on November 1.

The adopted amendments include:

  • Recalibrate lot and yard standards in residential neighborhoods in Marion County to support and encourage the development of infill housing;
  • Revise the development standards for mixed-use neighborhoods in order to promote commercial and neighborhood development;
  • Adding design standards that support walking, improved streetscapes, and better residential and commercial design;
  • A range of housing types that will promote greater housing diversity and affordability.

Contact the WFYI city government and political reporter Jill Sheridan at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @JillASheridan.

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