MK Plan for Zoning Overlay

May 13th, 2015

The Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Plan is an instrument that will provide guidelines for residential and commercial redevelopment, advocate for a sustainable and attractive neighborhood, and promote the area’s unique and historic character.

This plan is also an update of, and replacement to, the Meridian Kessler Subarea Plan adopted by the Metropolitan Development Commission as a Comprehensive Plan segment on January 17, 1979 (79-CPS-R-003).

A comprehensive plan is required by state statute (Indiana Code 36-7-4-501 through 512) as a basis for zoning and must include objectives and policies for future land use development and development of public ways, places, land, structures and utilities.

This plan is also a guide for anyone making a decision about the use of a property. It is useful for property owners, developers, neighbors and neighborhood organizations, City staff and City boards and commissions. This plan will be used to evaluate rezoning applications, to project future population and employment concentrations, and prioritize capital improvements.

The study area for this plan is within Kessler Boulevard, the Monon Rail-Trail, 38th Street, Meridian Street and the Indianapolis Water Company Canal on the city’s northside.

Prior to 1900 the area that became Meridian Kessler was primarily farm fields and orchards. But as Indianapolis expanded through the first half of the 20th century the farms were platted and the plats were built out. As noted in the “Encyclopedia of Indianapolis”:

The emerging neighborhood had become a prestigious address for community and business leaders as well as for those aspiring to influence. The neighborhoods western edge boasted large homes, many of near mansion proportions, on sizable wooded lots. Homes became more modestly middle class toward the eastern edge where bungalows are predominant. Meridian Kessler also has a number of small apartment buildings located primarily along the major thoroughfares of 38th Street and College Avenue but also scattered along Washington Boulevard, Central Avenue, and Pennsylvania Street.

Commercial centers developed at 49th and Pennsylvania streets and along College Avenue at each major intersection to Kessler Boulevard, provide local residents with groceries, shops and service stations.

2 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. We welcome your comments. Please provide feedback on each section of the Draft of the MK Plan. Alternatively, please email us using the Contact page. Thanks!

  2. Hi. I like most of the details listed on the plan. However, I’m not sure why parking must be eliminated on each side of the street where the street is narrow. This street parking acts helps to act as a “yield street” which helps to slow vehicles down. I worry that banning parking on a side of a street will only help drivers travel faster.


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