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Jim and Nancy Carpenter purchased the land in 2021 and have been a partner to the Town of Zionsville in the effort of this project. The preserve is appraised at $6,020,000. The Carpenters have agreed to sell the property to the Town of Zionsville for $4,520,000. To acquire the Carpenter Nature Preserve, the Parks and Recreation Department is requesting a bond not to exceed $5.5 million.
The Parks and Recreation Department is requesting a bond not to exceed $5.5 million - $4.55 million toward acquisition/closing costs and the remainder toward engineering, surveys and construction documents for phase one of construction.
The Parks and Recreation Department has been nominated for:
Each grant is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and requires deed restriction or conservation easements to be placed within the preserve. This is a common practice with IDNR-issued grants. The restriction terms are in line with previous IDNR grants awarded to the Parks Department and complement the vision for the Carpenter Nature Preserve.
Next Level Conservation Trust grant
The Next Level Conservation Trust grant (NLCT) is an IDNR program developed to reimburse communities for the preservation and protection of historic, recreational and ecologically important sites. The Town must own the preserve in order to be eligible to receive reimbursement and must open the preserve as a public facility within a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, a conservation easement would be placed on 173 acres of the preserve at the time of reimbursement. This conservation easement perpetually runs with the land and ensures the preserve will remain natural, protected and enhanced with recreational opportunities as listed in the application. This conservation easement will prohibit subdivision of the preserve and exclude residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial use. Approximately 42 acres of the 200+ acre preserve will remain outside of the conservation easement area to allow for the development of a future nature center, public/private White Oaks Common multi-use space and maintenance facility.
Land and Water Conservation Fund grant
The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant (LWCF) is a federal program that is administered by the IDNR for the acquisition and development of recreation sites. This grant is a reimbursement for actual construction costs and would require phase one of construction to be complete and the preserve to be open to the public within three years of grant execution. Additionally, a deed restriction would be placed on the preserve at the closeout of the grant. This restriction provides legal protection for the site to remain a public park. More information on the deed restriction parameters can be found here. Approximately fifteen acres will remain outside of the deed-restricted area to allow for the development of the public/private White Oaks Common multi-use space and maintenance facility.
Indiana Stream and Wetland Mitigation Program (INSWMP)
The Indiana Stream and Wetland Mitigation Program (INSWMP) is an IDNR program established to offer developers the opportunity to purchase stream mitigation credits that are applied to alternative project sites for restoration work. A mitigation plan is developed by IDNR for project sites and is peer-reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers. More information can be found here. This program would provide mitigation and restoration work along 25 acres of the preserve along Eagle Creek and develop a 10-year maintenance fund for upkeep. A conservation easement would be placed on approximately 25 acres of the preserve within 50 feet of each side of Eagle Creek as it runs through the preserve upon program agreement. This restriction prohibits alteration or disturbance of mitigation work and subdivision of the preserve within the conservation easement. It excludes residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial use.
During the January 18, 2023 Parks Board meeting, the board unanimously approved a declaratory resolution of preliminary determination to issue bonds. During the February 8, 2023 Parks Board meeting, public hearings were held for the bond request and additional appropriation for the acquisition and phase 1 development of the Carpenter Nature Preserve. Several resolutions were passed as a result by the Park Board and the vote to issue a Carpenter Nature Preserve bond not to exceed $5.5 million will be before the Zionsville Town Council during the April 10, 2023 meeting.
If you would like to share input or get involved, please attend the upcoming Town Council meeting on April 10 at 7 p.m. at Zionsville Town Hall. You may also contact your Town Council representative.
Flock Safety license plate readers capture the rear of the vehicle and do not measure speed.
Data is stored for 30 days and there is no retention past that.
Cameras are only accessible by law enforcement (not HOAs, businesses or Flock Safety employees). HOA cameras are private, and the HOA camera administrator has access to their camera(s) only.
Law enforcement can access data when they have “reasonable suspicion.” There are strict guidelines on how and why officers can access data. Flock Safety will proactively scan the data for stolen vehicle searches and alert law enforcement if a positive ID is made.
Flock Safety will alert police through a “Hot List” if a stolen vehicle, missing persons vehicle or any vehicle that was used in a crime is detected on the camera. By alerting officers of stolen vehicles and wanted persons, officers may be able to prevent a stop crime before it occurs.
“A zoning ordinance divides a jurisdiction of a local government into districts or zones. Within the zones, the ordinance regulates how the land is used, the intensity or density of uses, the bulk of buildings on the land, parking, building materials, and other aspects of land use and construction.
The ordinance contains both written regulations and a zoning map, which may both be amended by the local legislative body.” (Chapter 8 of the Citizen Planner Guide; Indiana Planning Association)
A “form-based” code is a set of adopted rules that determine how a city, town, or neighborhood should look and feel. Unlike a typical zoning ordinance, a form-based code emphasizes the importance of building types, shapes, and materials more than how a building would be used. A form-based code places a higher priority on a building’s appearance than its function. The purpose of a form-based code is to create an attractive environment that preserves and promotes a community’s character.
You can find information about the 2021 charette process here.
Outdoor Sales (food trucks and the like) would continue to be approved through the Special Event Permit process.
To further clarify this type of use, Staff has proposed an update to add to the next draft of the proposed Zoning Ordinance update Section 4.02 “Table of Permitted Uses” the “Outdoor Sales use. This use would be allowed in all MU and I zoning districts as a SPECIAL EXCEPTION USE.
Indiana is a “Right to Farm” state. If your farm can adhere to the statutes outlined below, you may continue to farm your land.
Per Indiana Code : § 32-30-6-1; 32-30-6-3; 32-30-6-9 (2005):
To further solidify this use, Staff has proposed an update to add back into the next draft of the proposed Zoning Ordinance update Section 4.02 “Table of Permitted Uses” the Agricultural use, previously referred to as “Farm." This use would be allowed BY RIGHT in all zoning districts EXCEPT AZ.
As far as signage on a work vehicle (said vehicle is typically seen in a residential area): It isn’t prohibited, nor is it called out to be required to get a sign permit. It is also distinguished through definitions as not being a prohibited type.
… (E) Portable signs, including, but not limited to: a-or t -frame signs; signs on trailer frames; menu and sandwich board signs; balloon signs; wind signs; umbrellas used for advertising; and, signs attached to or painted on a vehicle parked and visible from the public right-of-way; provided, however, a vehicle which is used in the normal day-to-day operation of the business shall not be considered a portable sign;
New Definition: SECTION 10.02 Sign Types
…(24) VEHICLE SIGN. A sign, painted or otherwise, attached to an operable vehicle that is regularly used and moved, including signs on a truck trailer. A Vehicle Sign does not constitute a Transported Sign.
Though the town’s current zoning code has been modified through the years, it has not been thoroughly reviewed or updated since inception. The town administration believes it is time to replace the current code with a modern set of development standards that emphasizes the importance of architectural form in a modern format. The proposed code is designed to be more easily understood, consistent with current state and federal statutes, and reflect contemporary zoning practices.
The two codes will not run simultaneously. The new code will replace the old one. The town will reference the old code when a pre-existing development is entitled to the previous rules. New developments will be subject to the new rules.
The proposed zoning code is unrelated to the Rural to Urban Service transition process. The rules that regulate the Rural and Urban Service Districts are separate from the town’s zoning regulations.
The early stages of preparing the form-based code included a series of public participation meetings (i.e., workshops or “charrettes”) conducted throughout the town. The meetings were designed to solicit and understand the community’s desires regarding the future development of Zionsville. The consultant utilized the comments obtained in these meetings to write the proposed code. Similarly, the public hearing process for adopting the code will invite community comments. Ultimately, the decision of whether to adopt the code will rest with the town council in a public meeting.
The following citations are not being updated with this specific code update. Please see below for references to current Noise, Drainage & Stormwater standards.
This section is a direct copy paste from the original code. Planned Unit Developments (PUD) are each a unique, stand alone zoning that has specific standards crafted for each specific PUD rezoning. Buffer yard standards are crafted in just the same unique way during the rezone process of the PUD.
Staff will take this under advisement. Please note that Staff will be keeping a list of most current recommended/prohibited species as a stand alone document to supplement this “frozen in time” list per Section 9.10 (B) and (D) [page 225]
Yes, electronics are accepted.
Yes, mattresses are accepted.
No, cans of paint are not accepted. Latex paint is non-toxic and should be allowed to dry out until it is non-liquid (cat litter helps). Once dried out, place it in a trash bag in your residential curbside trash. Oil-based paint is accepted during the semi-annual Tox Drop Collection events hosted by the Boone County Solid Waste Management District.
Permitted dog fobs are set to deactivate on the dog permit anniversary date or based on vaccination expiration, whichever occurs first. If your fob is not working, one or more of your vaccination records have likely expired. If your vaccination records are current, it may be time to renew your permit.
New vaccine records can be uploaded to your dog park permit application on the Opengov registration site.
If your membership has expired, please visit MyRec, create an account and purchase a new membership via this site.
If you have trouble uploading your documents, please contact Bonnie Black for further assistance. Once records are received, your fob will be reactivated to your next vaccine expiration or permit anniversary, whichever is first. Dog park registration support is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on holidays.
Upon registration, DAPP or DHPP combination (distemper, hepatitis/adenovirus, parvovirus and parainfluenza), Bordetella and Rabies vaccinations are required along with a negative stool sample.
New dogs can be registered within your dog park permit application online. You can upload vaccine records and a photo similar to your original registration. Once payment is received, we will mail a dog tag for your new family member can begin enjoying the park.
Dogs must be at least 4 months old, current on vaccinations and without parasites to be approved.
Children ages 7 and under are not allowed. Children ages 8 - 15 must be accompanied by an adult permit holder.
To report maintenance repairs, contact Zionsville Parks & Recreation at 317-733-2273. To report an emergency or incident call 317-873-5967 or 911.
Find the Prority trash/recycling calendar and more information here.
Homeowners are generally allowed and encouraged to plant street trees, which are trees planted in the strip between sidewalk and curb. However, such plantings must be in compliance with Town of Zionsville regulations. These are available here.
The Zionsville Parks & Recreation Department offers a list of recommended trees for Zionsville. Please note that Zionsville requires a permit for planting street trees, but it is a simple matter to obtain this permit. You should know what you are planning to plant, have your utilities marked (call 8-1-1 for this free service), choose the locations for your trees and then apply for the permit. The Town will need to confirm that your planting location is not too close to utility or drainage lines. Please note that the utility marking service will not detect your sprinkler system. Any sprinkler lines that will be affected by tree planting are the homeowner’s responsibility. After the trees have been planted, they are technically the property of the town, since Zionsville owns the curb strip land. This means that if a tree dies after the warranty has expired, you can request that the town replace it. However, this will undoubtedly be a low priority for the town, and it may take them years to get to it.
Please call the DPW main line at 317-873-4544 and notify the department of the specific address or location. Sidewalks located in the public right-of-way are chosen for repair or replacement based on their priority listing and condition rating and will be repaired on an on-going basis as budgeted by DPW.
The Town does not clear snow from pathways or sidewalks as this responsibility legally falls to the abutting property owners. By Title V, Chapter 53, §53.16 of the Town code, abutting property owners are required to remove snow, ice and debris from any sidewalk or pathway that passes along their property (front/side/rear) to a minimum width of four feet by noon of the second day after a snowfall. This minimum width was included so those living along wider pathways are not burdened more than those living along a narrower sidewalk. The Town is simply not staffed or equipped to routinely clear snow from all the pathways and sidewalks.
Zionsville Parks & Recreation Department does not clear trails unless there is accumulation of three inches of snow or more. The department does not work overtime, with the exception of Level 1 priorities:
The department does not salt trails due to the effects on the environment (salt affects water quality when it washes into lakes and streams and seeps into groundwater) and fiscal impact.
Neighborhood Watch is an organized effort between citizens and the police to prevent crime and improve the quality of life within neighborhood groups. In cooperation with the Zionsville Police Department, neighbors work to safeguard each other’s homes and reduce the risk of crime in their community.
Block Captains support the Coordinator by communicating with residents in their immediate area. The number of Block Captains that a Watch has is determined by the size of the Watch. Block Captains’ primary duties are to share information with the Watch members and to assist the Coordinator with events and meetings.
A Neighborhood Watch typically consists of the Police Liaison, a Coordinator, Block Captains, and Watch members, but the program can be customized to meet the specific needs of the neighborhood. Regardless, the success of Neighborhood Watch depends on each group and/or member to be alert and communicate with each other.
The Police Liaison is a Zionsville Police Department member assigned to the Neighborhood Watch Program.
The Coordinator is a neighborhood member who serves as the liaison between the neighborhood and the police department. The Coordinator is also responsible for the sharing of information with the Block Captains.
Block Captains communicate with the watch members who live on their respective blocks or areas.
Watch members live in the neighborhood and make a commitment to remain aware and vigilant of suspicious and possible criminal activity. Watch members serve as the “eyes and ears” of the Neighborhood Watch.
The fundamental purpose of Neighborhood Watch is to prevent crime by increasing member’s awareness. Zionsville Police Department will provide strategies and techniques to prepare watch members to be observant to possible suspicious or criminal activity. Members are expected to pay attention to what goes on in their neighborhood, to recognize suspicious activity, and to report it to the police. Additionally, members may work with the Block Captains and the Coordinator to solve neighborhood problems or participate in organized events.
Initially, the Coordinator will work with the Block Captains to plan a start-up meeting. The Coordinator is responsible for creating and maintaining a Neighborhood Watch phone tree (a list of the names and telephone numbers of all participating members). Coordinators should hold at least one Neighborhood Watch meeting each year, although more frequent gatherings are encouraged. The Zionsville Police Department will assist with the agenda and attend the Neighborhood Watch meetings.
The Police Liaison’s role is to provide the Neighborhood Watch with the information and tools for success in implementing and maintaining a strong Neighborhood Watch program. The Police Liaison will attend meetings and be available for the Neighborhood Watch if any issues or questions arise. Lastly, the Police Liaison will relay neighborhood concerns to other Zionsville Police Department members to ensure that criminal patrols are focused and responsive to the concerns of the Neighborhood Watch.
Neighborhoods interested in a Watch Program should talk amongst themselves to gauge interest and feasibility. Once the neighborhood has determined their interest in a Watch Program, contact Captain Drake Sterling at email@example.com or 317-873-5967 ext. 9923.
In 2019, the Zionsville Town Council approved a parks bond to complete the Rail Trail corridor by extensions south from Eagle Creek to Zionsville Road and north from Heritage Trail Park to 400 S. In 2021, the Parks Department was awarded the Next Level Trails grant for $1.8 million to assist with the active extension projects as well as a southern trailhead facility. With this award, the Department and Park Board had the opportunity to evaluate the condition of the existing Rail Trail corridor and begin plans for replacement and improvement.
This widening project has long been part of the Town’s plans for many years and is in fact in the 2018-2022 Parks Master Plan. The study was produced by REA with input from Town administration, Town Council, Parks Board, Parks and Recreation Department, and residents. View the Parks Master Plan (2018-2022) here. This widening will improve the user experience and trail safety as more cyclists, runners, strollers, dogs and pedestrians enjoy our regional trail.
We have shared information about this project in the Town and Parks newsletters, in a postcard to all Zionsville residents, and on our website and social media. We have emailed stakeholders directly, including the schools. To stay updated on this project, follow our project website, sign up for our Parks newsletter and follow us on social media.
The widening project was divided into two phases to allow public access in inactive segments throughout the project (see our project website for information about the phases). Construction barricades and project signage are placed at each entrance to closed sections and are not open to the public.
Phase 1 of the widening project began in January 2023 and will continue through the spring. Once complete, the segment of the trail will be reopened to the public and phase 2 will begin.
As stewards of our parkland, the Parks and Recreation Department must balance conservation and development with the needs of our growing community. For the Rail Trail widening project, clearing limits are set at the minimum distance to minimize disturbance. Contractors are instructed to only clear materials necessary to allow equipment to operate in an effective manner. This clearing also minimizes future pavement upheaval, increases the longevity of the asphalt and prolongs the need for future disturbance.
While we attempt to minimize disturbance in all projects, the clearing associated with the Rail Trail widening provides an opportunity to address dead and dying hazard trees, removes invasive woody and noxious species and allows the proliferation of native wildflowers and saplings to return.
During phase 1, the Rail Trail will be closed north of Mulberry Street. If a parent or guardian approves, during phase 1 students may use the pathway along Whitestown Road as an alternative route to access PVE.
Redistricting is the process cities and towns go through periodically to determine district boundaries for Council districts. This determines which constituents are represented by respective Council members based on their residential addresses within the Town of Zionsville. Zionsville has five Council districts and two at-large Council seats.
Redistricting is required by law to be completed at least every 10 years, following certification of federal census data.
Pursuant to Indiana Code section 36-4-6-3, a council district map has to divide the city/town into districts that:
(1) are composed of contiguous territory,
(2) are reasonably compact,
(3) do not cross precinct boundary lines, except in specified circumstances; and
(4) contain, as nearly as possible, equal population.
A proposed new council district map is considered by the Town Council with public comment received on the topic. Following the public comment period, the Town Council can vote to adopt a new map for the districts, which would be effective for 2023 primary and general elections. The new districts have to be adopted before November 2022.
Although state law does allow for the Town to require connection of properties located within 300 feet of a sewer main, the Town is currently developing these sewer extensions with the intent to allow connection by adjacent properties to be optional.
Property owners will be responsible for hiring a plumbing contractor to install a grinder pump unit to serve their home as well as the pipes from the home to the grinder unit and from the grinder unit to the main in the street; also to decommission the existing septic tank. We have contacted some local contractors and are being told this cost would likely be in the range of $15,000 to $20,000 which is similar to the cost of installing a new septic system. Note that every property will be different so owners should contact contractors to get actual quotes. Additionally, a $4,000 sewer availability and $25 permit fee will need to be paid to the Town at the time of connection.
The Town will be responsible for maintaining the sewer main along the street. Property owners will be responsible for owning and maintaining the grinder pump unit and piping up to the point of connection to the main sewer.
There will be some disturbance to the existing streets however, this should be minimized as we anticipate most of the pipes to be installed by directional boring. This construction method should also allow for most of the street trees and landscaping along the roadway to stay in place.
Small diameter pressure sewers can be installed at a much lower cost and with much less disturbance than gravity sewers. This will allow sewers to be installed into the planned areas in a much shorter timeframe and will allow the Town to make it optional for property owners to connect. Please review the presentation made to the Town Council on Aug. 2, 2021 for additional information.
The new sewer mains are anticipated to be installed along the streets for the following reasons:
The Town is not generating a list of contractors, so as not to endorse any providers over others. Similar to other home improvement work, we are suggesting that property owners contact local licensed plumbers and get multiple quotes for the work. If they do not do that kind of work, they may be able to refer you to someone who can. We have heard that some contractors may be distributing flyers in the neighborhoods to advertise their services. As to whether one contractor can complete the work - that will depend on the capabilities of each company.
Individual service drops are not being installed by the Town; only the main. Part of the homeowner’s installation will include tapping the new lateral into the main. The installation will need to be completed per the Town’s grinder pump lateral installation detail (S-17) which can be obtained on the Town website within the wastewater construction standards.
Per the Boone County Health Department, the construction or full replacement of a septic system will not be permitted once sanitary sewer service is available. The approval of minor repairs to existing systems will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
There is no deadline for homeowners. Connections can occur whenever the homeowner decides in the future.
As the ends of cul-de-sacs or “bulbs” are very low speed and very low volume, the target condition for snow removal is to be “passable” and not snow-free. It has been the long-standing policy of the DPW to only plow these bulbs when they accumulate more than 3”, which is a standard benchmark in the field of municipal snow plowing. With approximately 200 of these across town and within Zionsville’s jurisdiction, it takes a minimum of 60 man-hours to clear them all, which is almost as much time as it takes to fully plow the 112 miles of Zionsville’s roadway responsibilities. The clearing of cul-de-sac bulbs can be destructive on both equipment and property. Trucks clearing cul-de-sac bulbs must constantly shift from forward to reverse and back repeatedly, which is very hard on transmissions and shortens the life of the equipment. Since the snow is cleared in a circular, or radiant manner by pushing snow from the center of the bulb to and around the edges, it often results in damage to yards when the plows ride up and over the curbs and dig into the turf or landscaping, which must then be repaired in the spring. For this reason, there are as many residents who ask the Town of Zionsville NOT to clear their bulbs as there are those who request it. In many cases, when homes are densely placed around a bulb, there is no room to place snow in a location that doesn’t block mailboxes or driveways. In these situations, snow must be pulled to the center of the bulb into a mound, and often must be hauled away if significant additional snow is in the forecast. This task can add up to 30 more man-hours to load and haul snow to a disposal site. For the above reasons, the Town will take universal and equitable actions only to keep cul-de-sac bulbs passable, and not snow-free. Whenever the school or post office makes us aware of any difficulties they encounter due to winter weather, DPW will take the necessary actions to correct the condition and ensure passable conditions.
Keeping the streets free of parked cars is extremely beneficial. Additionally, do not throw snow cleared from sidewalks and driveways into the street. This is too concentrated for the salt to work effectively and these areas will tend to refreeze quickly creating icy spots on the roads. Also, whenever practical locate trash cans a few extra feet from the street to avoid disturbance caused by snow being cast from the plows.
Please contact the Zionsville Street Department with any specific questions. Public safety is our primary goal, and we ask that during the snowy winter season, everyone understand that there are certain inherent problems associated with snow removal beyond the plain nuisance of it all.
You must appear in Court on the date and time indicated at the bottom of the ticket. If you plead "Not Guilty" at that time a trial date will be set for you at a later date, usually the following month. Trials are held one evening per month at 6 p.m. The officer is required to appear for the trial date.
Continuances must be arranged and approved by the Court at least 5 days before your scheduled Court date. Defendants must contact the Court in writing or by mail. You are allowed one continuance.
If you have had no moving violations anywhere within the last 2 years and no major violations (i.e.: OWI, Driving While Suspended) or suspensions with the last 5, you probably qualify for the program. You do not need to contact the court for an application. Your ticket will automatically be processed and reviewed by the Prosecutor’s office to determine if you qualify.
If you do, information and paperwork will be sent to you. If you think you are interested and you think you qualify, you do not need to do anything. Simply wait to pay your ticket until you receive the information by mail and follow instructions at that time.
Please note: the deferral program is not free or nor does it lower cost. The fee for a Local Ordinance Violation or State Infraction Deferral is $252.50. For State Infractions contact the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office. For more information, click here.
The Town's new trash/recycling provider is Priority. The new collection schedule for residents in the urban service district began on April 10, 2023. Your trash/recycling service day may have changed. If you have not yet received the mailer from Priority, you can view the digital mailer here.
You have your own private contract with a trash/recycling provider and your schedule remains as is.
Town Council approved an ordinance establishing the trash/recycling fees with the new service provider, Priority. The rates are:
With the implementation of automated arms, bags are NOT allowed outside of the cart. Bags outside of the cart (including yard waste bags) will not be collected.
DPW offers a bi-annual Brush and Limb Collection service for residents in the urban service district. Outside of this service, we advocate for residents to take their brush and limbs to GreenCycle. GreenCycle accepts the material for free to be composted.
Boone County Solid Waste Management District offers information about composting and yard waste.
Should you need another cart, one can be purchased directly from Priority at www.PriorityWaste.com or you can call 855-WASTE-65 (855-927-8365).
You will keep your current recycling cart. Priority will provide stickers to affix to your recycling cart.
This image shows the materials that are accepted at the facility Priority uses:
Priority has shared with us that the best practice for residents is to NOT place anything out that has liquid remaining in the object. Dump out the liquids and rinse out the material to minimize the total liquid placed into the garbage truck. When compacted, trucks create 40,000 pounds+ of force and the squeeze that occurs will draw out all the liquid from the material which can potentially seep out.
You can contact Priority directly.
Phone: 855-WASTE-65 (855-927-8365)