Plan Commission: What does it do?


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By Sophie Pappas

A crucial part of any growing town is planning and building new sites and reconstructing existing ones. This is where the Plan Commission comes into play for the town of Zionsville.

“We are a pretty busy community,” Zionsville’s Director of Planning Wayne DeLong said. “And the Plan Commission is a reflection of that.”

This commission is made up of locals whose interests include everything from building permits to fire and safety codes.

Last year, the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Plan Commission filed a total of 63 permits in the town’s TIF district.

“We have seen more than $6 million in investments into the TIF district,” DeLong said. “All of this growth and change is wonderful for Zionsville.”

At the Jan. 22 Zionsville Plan Commission meeting the first item of business was to elect the 2014 members of the commission. Longtime president Allan Rachles was re-elected, along with vice president Jay Parks (for his second term).

Commissioners Larry Jones, Dave Franz and Larry Mitchell will also continue in their roles. Wayne Haynes has stepped down and will be replaced by Josh Peter. Carol Sparks Drake will continue as Plan Commission attorney and DeLong will continue as the group’s secretary.

“If you compare us to equally robust towns you can see how Zionsville fits in as a busy place with lots of good planning going on,” DeLong said.

Also at the meeting, the commission approved plans for refurbishing the Burger King at Interstate 65 in Whitestown, and plans for an updated Main Street building, which will become a community center and ice cream shop.

The commission has historically met every third Wednesday of the month, but according to Rachles this will change after this month.

“We will meet on Mondays after February,” he said at the meeting.


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