MK Plan for Zoning Overlay

May 13th, 2015
Residential Areas and Institutions

Single-family housing is the predominant land use in Meridian Kessler. The density of the single-family housing varies widely throughout the neighborhood and frequently varies widely within a single block.

Multi-family housing is mostly found along 38th Street although apartments are dotted throughout the neighborhood. Churches, schools and other institutions are also found scattered throughout the neighborhood.

Given the historic mixing of densities in the neighborhood, the number of units per acre is less important to the ongoing stability of the neighborhood than maintaining the forms and character of the current development.

The general goal of this plan is to maintain the existing housing stock and discourage demolitions.

However, some change over time is to be expected. New technologies and demographic trends will affect how people will adapt their homes to their needs and wants.   Some homes will fall prey to disasters, poor maintenance or functional obsolescence. In instances of redevelopment, new construction should conform to the existing development patterns of the neighborhood.



New development should consider the characteristics of the parcels across the neighborhood, but be particularly attuned to the characteristics of the parcels in the immediate vicinity. Among the characteristics to consider are:

  • The neighborhood is laid out as a grid and thus enjoys full connectiveness among its parts. Cul-de-sacs are nearly non-existent and dead end streets are anomalous except along the Monon.
  • Lots are generally rectangular with a narrow end fronting the street.
  • Through lots (lots that face paralleling streets to the front and back) are not characteristic.
  • On blocks with a mix of lot sizes, the larger lots are typically on the north/south streets and the smaller lots on the east/west streets.
  • Similarly-sized lots are typically found in groups, although there are some exceptions to this.
  • Institutions are found at intersections and not mid-block.



New homes and institutions or additions to existing structures should consider the characteristics of structures across the neighborhood, but be particularly attuned to the characteristics of the homes or institutions in the immediate vicinity.

Setbacks and placement of a home upon its lot generally vary within a narrow range along any given block. New construction or additions should be within that range.

Structures should be compatible with other homes in height, size, building orientation, building shapes, amount and placement of fenestration, and materials.

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