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Indy Rezone is in effect!

The new Consolidated Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance, created by the Indy Rezone project, is now the effective zoning ordinance for Indianapolis-Marion County. 

Download the latest (May 21, 2018) fully bookmarked PDF which includes hot links: 
What's inside:
Chapter 740.    General Provisions
Purpose, Definitions, Performance Standards, Compact and Metro Context Areas, Nonconformities, Permits, Enforcement   

Chapter 741.    Subdivision Regulations   
Approval Procedures, Surety/Bonding, Design Standards, Replats, Vacations

Chapter 742.    Districts   
Primary Districts: Dwelling, Commercial, Mixed-Use, CBD, Industrial, Development Plan Districts (HD, PK, UQ, SZ), Special Use, Historic Preservation   
Secondary Districts: Regional Center, Flood Control, Wellfield Protection, Airspace, Gravel, Sand, And Borrow

Chapter 743.    Uses & Use-Specific Standards   
Use Table
Use-Specific Standards: Spacing of Uses; Residential Uses; Public, Institutional, Religious, And Civic Uses; Agricultural, Animal Related, And Food Production Uses; Commercial and Industrial Uses; Accessory and Temporary Uses

Chapter 744.    Development Standards
Lot & Building Dimensions, Stream Protection Corridors, Access and Connectivity, Sidewalks, Parking, Loading, Drive-Through Stacking Spaces, Landscaping, Heritage Trees, Screening of Facilities, Green Factor, Fences, Lighting, Underground Utilities, Sign Regulations
Handy Excerpts (PDF on 8.5 x 11) ​Pages
Home Occupations 3
Secondary Dwelling Unit 7
Table 744-201-2: Dimensional Stds for D-6 through D-11 ​2
Table 744-201-3: Dimensional Stds for Commercial districts ​2
Table 744-201-4: Dimensional Stds for Mixed Use districts ​1
Table 744-201-5: Dimensional Stds for CBD ​1
Table 744-201-6: Dimensional Stds for Industrial districts ​1

Green Factor

The Green Factor a new and unique, score-based code requirement that integrates landscaping with stormwater management techniques and other sustainable efforts. This scoring system gives many choices to meet the code – not a one size fits all. Landscaping plays an important role in how development looks and functions. Well-designed landscaping can:
  • Improve the look and feel of a neighborhood
  • Reduce stormwater runoff
  • Clean and filter stormwater
  • Cool during heat waves
  • Reduce greenhouse gasses and improve air quality
  • Provide habitat for birds and beneficial insects
  • Decrease crime

Indy's landscaping truly becomes GREEN Infrastructure!

If your project is required to meet the Green Factor (over 2 acres in size and disturbing 0.5 acre or more), you must reach a minimum score established by the zoning ordinance: .30 for new development and .22 for redevelopment/ additions.
A “menu” of various features are available to use to meet the Green Factor, including green roofs, rain gardens, vegetated walls, native trees and shrubs, planting along the sidewalk, creating a food garden or using permeable or photocatalytic cement. Depending how an area is developed, it can be counted multiple times in the Green Factor calculation!
Download Indianapolis' Green Infrastructure Supplemental Document 2016 (220 pages)
Information about Stormwater Credits and User Rates may be helpful too.

Download the Green Factor table in Excel
Download Specification Drawings, courtesy of the Urban Tree Foundation


TRAINING on the New Ordinance

While the new ordinance is more user friendly than ever with hundreds of tables and illustrations, there's always a learning curve. We hope to make that curve as short as possible with these training webinars which were filmed during staff's training sessions.
The following VIDEO sessions are currently available through Channel 16's On-Demand library under Special Events and on YouTube.

Taking the New Ordinance on the Road

Various organizations have requested informational presentations about the new ordinance. Below are some of the presentation materials:
Near North Development Area - focus on redevelopment -25 slides
Broad Ripple Village Association - Overview & Mixed Use districts -66 slides
Urban Land Institute, Indiana chapter
Little Flower - 15 slides
LISC FOCUS group - 24 slides
INRC trainings: Fundamentals -41 slides
INRC trainings: Landscaping -39 slides
INRC trainings: Parking -43 slides
Handy card listing Zoning Districts -designed for 2-sided printing 
Benefits of Trees in Indianapolis flyer - 2 page flyer


What are the changes?

The 2015 adopted Consolidated Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance represents thousands of changes, however several accomplishments merit highlighting 
Since initial adoption, three amendments have been made to the Indy Rezone Consolidated Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance:
Amendment to the Sign Regulations (Sec. 744-900 plus definitions) for content-neutrality - 2015-AO-004; G.O. 72, 2015; 11/30/15
Adoption of new FEMA floodplain maps and floodplain regulations (Sec.742-203 plus definitions) - 2016-AO-001; G.O. 11, 2016; 4/11/16
Adoption of revised language in floodplain regulations to accommodate FEMA (Sec.742-203 plus definitions) - 2016-AO-002; G.O. 15, 2016; 5/9/16
Amended Ord. regarding commercial vehicles, recreational vehicles and outdoor seasonal produce sales.
Amended Ord.--Technical Corrections and Clarifications

Development Regulations are more than just zoning.
To accomplish the needed objective, sometimes other policies, codes, guidelines, or procedures need to change or be developed. Below are documents that are currently in a working draft stage and will be finalized in the months following ordinance adoption.

Indianapolis Selected Plant List - DRAFT

Indianapolis Prohibited Plant List - DRAFT

  Recommended Practices for Traffic Calming in Subdivisions -DRAFT

Comments regarding these documents are being accepted. Simply fill-in this convenient form