• Brownsburg’s Proposed Zoning Ordinance Update Now Online

    January 20, 2011 No comments

    Interested citizens may now review the Town of Brownsburg’s proposed zoning ordinance update. The 284-page document, Zoning Ordinance Draft C, is available on the Town website, www.brownsburg.org.

    The Town’s Plan Commission is taking a comprehensive look at the zoning ordinance from a legal perspective, ensuring that the ordinance is consistent with Indiana statutes, constitutional issues, and recent court decisions. As a part of the review, the Town also wanted to determine if there were circumstances not adequately addressed in the existing ordinance.

    Proposed zoning changes include:

    • Residential Estate (RE) district that permits the creation of large estate style lots;

    • Traditional Residential (TR) district to address pre-1960s residential lots that are considered nonconforming under the current ordinance;

    • Urban Commercial (UC) district to permit a mix of retail, office, and residential uses and encourage urban style development associated with a downtown;

    • Neighborhood Commercial (NC) district to address the specific needs of a transitional area between residential neighborhoods and commercial districts; and

    • Institutional (IS) district to move government, schools, and religious facilities out of residential districts and into a district that addresses the unique development characteristics of each.

    A revised zoning map must also be included as a result of district name changes. In most scenarios the Town has attempted to place properties into a zoning district that is compatible with the current use of the properties.

    To determine how one’s property is classified, see the zoning map draft online at www.brownsburg.org/egov/docs/12887003198260.pdf.

    The Planning & Building Department is offering one-on-one meetings for citizens with individual concerns or questions on Wednesday, January 26 from noon to 4 p.m. and Friday, January 28 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Residents or business owners may schedule a 15-minute time slot by emailing Planning Director Todd Barker at tbarker@brownsburg.org.

    The Plan Commission will receive and review additional comments on the proposed zoning ordinance changes at its special meeting scheduled for February 7, with a final draft anticipated in mid-February.

    The Plan Commission regularly meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Brownsburg Town Hall, 61 N. Green Street.

    The meetings are open to the public.

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