The Zionsville Plan Commission met Feb. 19 at Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W Oak St. Among items discussed were a car dealership and a new Hoosier Village entrance.
What happened: The commission unanimously approved a development plan to begin construction of an approximately 28,000-square-foot building at 10890 Bennett Pkwy.
What it means: The plans are for a car dealership, Indy Wholesale Direct, on a 2-acre site in Zionsville’s Bennett Technology Park. The commission deemed the dealership consistent with the rest of the area, zoned for office research and technology. Representatives of the business and developer agreed to keep all vehicles indoors and described the business as a “low-key operation.” The development plan includes building materials compatible with the surrounding area, a calculation of stormwater runoff and provisions for current and future vehicle traffic.
What happened: The commission unanimously approved a development plan by BHI Senior Living, owners of Hoosier Village Senior Living Community. The plan includes construction of a new entryway to the community on Zionsville Road and two new Hoosier Village amenities: a greenhouse and pet care center.
What it means: Hoosier Village plans to improve its nearly 110-acre site with a new formal entry on Zionsville Road, a 600-square-foot guardhouse, 700-square-foot greenhouse and 700-square-foot pet care station. Hoosier Village residents have reportedly asked for a greenhouse and pet care facility.
The plan includes coordination of stormwater and sewers as well as management of additional traffic from the new entrance.
What happened: Plan commission members discussed updating Zionsville’s zoning ordinances, including revisions to fees and notice requirements.
What it means: Zoning ordinance updates could include modifications to the requirements of subdivision announcement signage, releasing zoning restrictions in the Eagle Village area and re-working filing fees.
Plan Commission President Wayne DeLong said the Board of Zoning Appeals filing fees would be under review. Town officials are considering shifting the burden of filing notice off the developers and onto the town, in an effort to provide more transparency and better notice.
Some of the discussion stemmed from a previous Jan. 22 Plan Commission meeting, where John Tousley, a former president of Zionsville Village Residents Association, asked for more transparency from town officials, including clearer rules for giving notice of construction.