Rezone allows Fishers church expansion


An expansion plan for Traders Point Christian Church in Fishers can move forward following a Feb. 19 Fishers City Council vote approving a rezone for 5.67 acres next to the existing church facility at 12648 E. 116th St.

The rezone allows the church to add another building and expand parking. Before the council’s vote, Planning Director Ross Hilleary said that although the Plan Commission recommended approval, there had been concerns raised by neighbors regarding noise from the church.

“Neighbors were informed to reach out to the church with any noise complaints first,” Hilleary said. “If they feel like they were not being heard, staff recommend that they reach out to them. Since Feb. 7, and confirmed today by (Police) Chief Ed Gebhart, we have received no noise complaints. Staff feels that there is open dialogue between the neighbors and the church.”

He said the expansion should reduce noise for surrounding neighbors.

“(Church officials) confirmed with staff as well as the residents there that, with the new construction, they’d make sure that the sanctuary was highly insulated and a different construction material would be used,” he said.

The council unanimously approved the rezone.

Also during the Feb. 19 meeting, the council honored Assistant Police Chief Luke Gannon for 25 years of service with the Fishers Police Department; approved an update to the community’s long-range “Fishers 2040” plan; and increased the fees charged for copies of police videos to better reflect the cost of staff time.

The next Fishers City Council meeting is at 7 p.m. March 18 at Launch Fishers, 12175 Visionary Way.