Wolf Run proposal receives unfavorable recommendation from Zionsville Plan Commission

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A plan to transform the former Wolf Run Golf Course into a neighborhood with hundreds of homes is heading to the Zionsville Town Council with an unfavorable recommendation from the Zionsville Plan Commission.

Commissioners voted unanimously against the Wolf Run rezoning request at their Feb. 20 meeting, citing a lack of updated plans and communication with nearby residents as reasons they couldn’t support the proposal.

“I’ve never seen (a proposed planned unit development) with this many levels of revisions three months into the process,” ZPC President David Franz said. “You’re not anywhere close to even having a document or any specifics built in. It’s troubling that it’s taken this long, and it’s almost like we’re starting over.”

Developer and property owner Stan Burton originally proposed a maximum of 360 single-family homes and mixed-use buildings with retail and offices or up to 200 multi-family housing units on 223 acres at the southwest corner of US 421 and SR 32. In January, Burton said he would remove the 12 acres of retail and apartment uses from the rezoning petition.

Jim Shinaver, an attorney speaking on behalf of Burton, asked the commission for a 60-day continuance so the project could be refined and technical questions answered. He said the next plans submitted to the town would include removing the mixed-used area from the rezoning request, eliminating an entrance on CR 900 E and adding one on SR 32, reducing the number of residential lots by 40 and adding a permanent open space buffer between the development and the Timber Wolf neighborhood, among other changes.

Attorney Mike Andreoli, speaking on behalf of remonstrators, urged the commission to vote against another continuance because Burton hadn’t submitted updated plans to the town since asking for a continuance at the January meeting.

“We keep coming, but we don’t seem to be getting anywhere,” he said.

The commission voted 6-1 to deny the continuance request before sending it to the town council with an unfavorable recommendation. The council is expected to discuss the project at its March 5 meeting.

After the meeting, Burton said he was “very disappointed” with the outcome. He said his team didn’t have sufficient time to make the many requested changes after the January meeting, as updated plans were due to the town only two weeks after that. 

“We’ve had numerous meetings with staff and with the mayor’s office, and they’d been wholly supportive up until a couple of weeks ago,” Burton said. “I don’t feel we were given the opportunity tonight, and subsequently the opportunity in April, to present really where we are after having listened to the plan commission, the town and the neighbors. We weren’t given the opportunity to present that plan.”


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