Fishers, IN – As development pressures grow along the I-69 corridor around the 106th and 116th street interchanges in Fishers, Mayor Scott Fadness wants to ensure what comes is aligned with the city’s vision for a corporate corridor. That is why he is proposing to slow things down and require any new development along I-69 at 106th and 116th streets, regardless of underlying zoning, go before the city council for approval.
“Our goal is not to fill up every piece of land as fast as we can. We do not want just any development. We want the right development.” said Fadness. “Our goal is to be thoughtful and intentional to encourage building the kind of environment our residents want, including trail connectivity and more entertainment amenities. Today’s businesses want the same.”
The land along I-69 around 106th and 116th streets has been zoned broadly commercial since the mid-1980’s with Planned Unit Developments that vary in architectural styles and permit building heights that range from two-story buildings up to the maximum height allowed by state law.
“It’s a fruit-salad of zoning that needs to be re-thought to provide a comprehensive look and unified goal for the overall corridor,” Fadness explained. “We have one shot at getting this right.”
Fadness has worked with the city council on this effort, reviewing the mix of zoning for this area at April’s city council work session. The Fishers 2040 comprehensive plan also shows this area as a key employment node, an important factor for the long-term fiscal health of the city.
“If a proposal comes before the city council that is aligned with our vision, then we will support it,” said John Weingardt, City Council President. “This is the right thing to do for our city’s future, and I look forward to working with Mayor Fadness and staff on the I-69 corporate corridor initiative.”
On May 10, the Fishers Plan Commission will conduct public hearings on the two ordinances proposed by Mayor Fadness’ administration:
• Ordinance for 106th Street area along I-69
• Ordinance for 116th Street area along I-69
If the plan commission makes a favorable recommendation on May 10, the city council could adopt the ordinances at their next regular meeting on May 16. The ordinances are temporary and will be in effect for 120 days upon adoption. During that time, the mayor and city council will get to work on a plan to address zoning conflicts.
“With Launch Fishers, the recent designation of our Certified Tech Park nearby and access to I-69 throughout this corridor, we have a real opportunity to create a unique place for office and entertainment development,” said Fadness.