MK Plan for Zoning Overlay

May 13th, 2015
Land Use Plan

This plan is a guide for anyone making a decision about the use of a property within the study area.


Land Use Recommendations

Land use within Meridian Kessler has been generally stable for many decades. However some parts of the neighborhood are seeing interest in conversion from one land use to another. For example, the popularity of the neighborhood has caused interest in expansion of its commercial nodes. Another example is the conversion of the Monon from a rail line to a rail trail, which has turned an industrial amenity into a residential and commercial amenity. This change is influencing redevelopment along the eastern edge of the neighborhood.

It is the goal of this plan to find harmonious ways to fit new development into the existing fabric of the neighborhood.

Land Use and Development Recommendations and Actions for the neighborhood in general:

  • Any new structures should be consistent with the setbacks, height, style, material, and mass of the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Chain link fencing should be discouraged.
  • Signage near residences should not be internally illuminated.
  • Parking lots should be landscaped and screened.
  • Appropriate trash containers should be provided on non-residential properties.
  • Evening and weekend hours should be limited for commercial uses adjacent to residences.
  • Landscaping and green space should be installed throughout the neighborhood, with particular attention paid to the commercial nodes along College Avenue.
  • Uses that would serve the youth of the neighborhood should be provided.


Land Use Categories

The Land Use map recommends a land use for each parcel in the study area. This recommendation is modified if the parcel is within an overlay district (see below).   The recommendation will also be modified if the site is located in a Critical Area (see page 18).

Land use categories used on the map broadly define development by type of use (for example: residential, commercial, or industrial) and intensity of use (for example, number of employees or amount of traffic generated). This assignment represents the most appropriate and desirable use for the parcel

The plan’s land use categories are:

Living Districts, which include a mix of residential types, public facilities, parks and limited, small-scale and low-intensity retail development

  • Estate Residential
  • Traditional Neighborhood

Mixed-Use Districts, which contain a substantial mix of retail, residential, public facilities, institutions, parks, and low-intensity industrial uses

  • Urban Mixed-Use
  • Village Mixed-Use

Working Districts, which contain a mix of employment-generating uses, public facilities, and parks

  • Office Commercial Uses

Other Land Uses, which are single-use areas that may be found between or within the districts above

  • Park
  • Linear Park
  • Regional Special Use



Overlay modifiers are thematic or issue-oriented districts that change the recommendations of the underlying base typology. Overlays do not stand on their own, but work in conjunction with the base typology.

  • Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ES)
  • Wellfield Protection (WP)
  • Transit-oriented District (TOD)
  • Residential Corridor Reserve (RR)


These categories are described in more detail in Appendix B.

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