By Sadie Hunter
The Noblesville Common Council met for a regular meeting Aug. 9 in the Noblesville City Hall Council Chambers. The council’s next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at city hall, 16 S. 10th St., Noblesville.
What happened: The council approved an ordinance for a proposed maintenance building on the Riverview Health campus at 395 Westfield Rd., Noblesville.
Why it matters: The multi-level maintenance facility would sit behind the existing hospital, on the south side, with utility space, loading docks, garages and more.
What’s next: The council approved the ordinance by a 7-0-2 vote. Councilor Megan Wiles recused herself from voting as an employee of Riverview Health, and Council President Greg O’Connor was absent from the meeting.
What happened: The council approved (8-0) an ordinance making an amendment to the city’s Promenade Planned Development to allow for a new micro hospital at 6139 Promenade Shops Boulevard.
Why it matters: The overall mixed-use development at the northeast corner of Ind. 32 and Little Chicago Road was laid out by the city and adopted in 2006. Currently, just one business sits within the PUD, a CVS Pharmacy.
What’s next: The 17,000-square-foot micro hospital will be one of two to be completed in Noblesville, one of which is currently under construction at 146th Street and Ind. 37.
What happened: The council approved an ordinance (8-0) for amendments to the city’s unified development ordinance.
Why it matters: The text amendments make changes to or add to definitions for zoning applications and approvals, subdivision procedures, site design and improvement standards, zoning district uses, general regulation, off-street parking and loading, signage and more.
What happened: The council approved a preliminary resolution for the acquisition of real estate at Ind. 32 and Hague Road.
Why it matters: The city has preliminarily approved the purchase of 22 acres on the land south of the intersection for projects, namely for potential future thoroughfare and alternative transportation projects.
What’s next: The council will vote on a confirmatory resolution at its Aug. 23 meeting.
What happened: The council approved (8-0) a preliminary resolution designating a cultural arts district within the city.
Why it matters: The city’s economic development department has been working to establish a cultural arts district with the Indiana Arts Commission. The Noblesville Arts Council was formed in 2013 after, in 2008, the Indiana Arts Commission became authorized to grant cultural district designation to municipal governments. The NAC is represented by 19 different area organizations, made up of artists, art organizations, city and county government, local businesses, local economic development groups, local schools and the library. Over the past year, the NAC has developed the Noblesville Cultural Arts Blueprint, a 10-year master plan designed to complement the city’s comprehensive master plan.