By Jimmy Feichtner
A Zionsville Plan Commission meeting was held Aug. 18. Commissioners discussed a petition approval of a primary plat and development plan for future subdivision Hidden Pines off S.R. 421, and a development plan modification approval for the future Lids headquarters off 106th St.
With Lids set to build their headquarters here in town, talks about the building’s appearance have been ongoing. While the plan commission approved Lids’ original design in February, Dillon Construction, the company responsible for the building’s completion, has since made unapproved modifications.
“We gave [Dillon] approval in February for building. We were very disappointed in what we saw what [Dillon] had done subsequent to our approval. That’s really why we’re here tonight,” said commission president Allan Rachles.
Failing to inform the plan commission of the building’s changes left many members concerned and disappointed with Dillon Construction’s lack of communication.
“In all the years that I’ve been on this commission, and also the Boone County Commission, this is the first time I’ve ever seen, of this magnitude, the discrepancy of what is approved and what is actually being put into the ground at this point in time,” said commission vice president Jay Parks.
The plan commission made it clear that this type of lack of communication will not always be tolerated in future projects.
“We wanted to make sure that going forward applicants for development here respect the prerogatives of the Plan Commission because we represent the town, and that didn’t happen here,” Rachles said.
Despite the changes in design, the plan commission approved the development plan modifications.
The primary plat and development plan for Hidden Pines was also approved, but concerns over the removal of trees on the shared border of The Willows and the new development had some homeowners worried. The trees currently provide Willows’ homeowners coverage from the future site of Hidden Pines, but some of those trees will be removed.