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Major overhaul to city's zoning code takes effect

April 1, 2016

The city’s long-awaited update to its decades-old zoning code, known as Indy Rezone, went into effect on Friday.

Indy Rezone started five years ago and was funded by a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The new ordinance replaces a 1969 version and will help usher in a new era of modern, urbanized growth, city leaders said.

“The new ordinance allows our zoning code to catch up to our shared vision for the future of our community,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a prepared statement. “Indianapolis is a collection of vibrant, distinctive neighborhoods that will no longer be limited by an outdated code. The revisions include details designed to enhance quality of life for the entirety of our city.”

Updates to the zoning code cover a wide range of issues, including reduced parking requirements in certain situations, residential connections to commercial areas, higher density in mixed-use districts, and reduced zoning setbacks in compact areas.

The city’s Department of Metropolitan Development led the Indy Rezone initiative. Summaries of the changes can be found here.  

Read more about Indy Rezone in the April 6 issue of Indiana Lawyer.

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