Council talks parking, new subdivision, Finch Creek TIF


The Noblesville Common Council met Sept. 10 at City Hall. Councilor Brian Ayer was absent. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., inside the council chambers on the second floor.

What happened: Councilor Chris Jensen provided an update from the council’s roads committee.

What it means: Jensen said there is a request for a proposal for the final design of Phase 1 of the Pleasant Street extension and expansion from 10th Street to River Road. In addition, he said Phase 3 of the Midland Trace Trail is nearly complete.

“If you drive down (Ind.) 32, you can see that trail connecting there at Hague Road, which is exciting and allows folks from the west side to make an entire loop using the newly built Levee Trail to get all the way north to the Wolfie’s area and then cross back over to Little Chicago Road and Hazel Dell Road and head south.”


What happened: The council introduced an ordinance amending a development plan for a Chick-fil-A restaurant at 14098 Bergen Blvd.

What it means: Petitioner and owner PB&J Prop Exchange, LLC, is requesting additional canopies and additional landscaping for its restaurant in the Saxony Corporate Campus.

Noblesville Development Services Manager Joyceann Yelton presented the ordinance.

“Chick-fil-A has employees that take orders while standing out in the weather, and this is one of the ways they have provided protection to those individuals,” she said.

Because the ordinance was only being introduced to the council, no action was taken.


What happened: The council introduced an ordinance proposing the amendment of city parking procedures.

What it means: Noblesville Police Dept. Chief Kevin Jowitt presented the ordinance.

“This has been a long time coming, but after a great deal of work, after a great deal of people, including some members of the council, the chamber of commerce, many businesses owners and many within city government, we have proposed changes to the parking ordinance, which has been in existence since 1989. We think we’re going to enhance the parking situation considerably.”

The proposal includes a revamped area of two-hour parking on the square and approximately one block beyond in each direction. Metered and free surface lots will remain the same, but perhaps the biggest shift outlined in the ordinance is a change of 19 blocks to free, unrestricted, on-street parking.

Because the ordinance was only being introduced to the council, no action was taken. A public hearing for the ordinance is set for Oct. 1. Read more in next week’s edition of Current in Noblesville.


What happened: Councilors heard a development presentation for the proposed Evergreen mixed-use project.

What it means: Evergreen is a proposed mixed-use project from Boomerang Development on approximately 269 acres along the north side Ind. 32/38, east of Presley Drive.

In August, the council approved the project’s development agreement. The project is set to create an industrial business park, commercial development, age-restricted multi-family housing, age-restricted duplex housing and single-family housing.

The Shafer Park development proposes 31 new homes at the southwest corner of 191st Street and Little Chicago Road. (Submitted photo)

What happened: Councilors heard introductory information for a proposed residential development, Shafer Park.

What it means: At the southwest corner of 191st Street and Little Chicago Road, plans for the Shafer Park Development propose bringing 3100 new one- and 1 1/2-story homes, with the incorporation of two existing homes, for a new subdivision aimed at empty nesters.

Proposed amenities include a fire pit area, fishing pier, multi-use trail and a naturalized detention pond. Matt Skelton, an attorney representing landowner Philip Shafer and Shafer Park LLC, presented the information and said the Shafer family has not committed to a specific homebuilder.

All homes are proposed to be a minimum of 1,800 square feet and will range in price from $300,000 to $450,000. Skelton said homes would be built in one phase and be ready for residents in late 2020.


What happened: The council voted in favor of a resolution declaring an economic development plan for the Noblesville Redevelopment Commission, establishing the Finch Creek Fieldhouse economic development area.

What it means: Andrew Murray, assistant director of economic development, presented the resolution.

“This is one of multiple statutory steps to create a new (tax increment financing) district,” Murray said. “This new TIF district will encompass the new Finch Creek Fieldhouse development, which is located on Boden Road, just south of 166th Street. We need to create the district to capture the increment that the project will generate, and then we will have obligated that to make certain incentive payments back to the developer per the 2017 development agreement.”

Councilors approved the resolution, 7-1, with councilor Mark Boice voting against it.


What happened: The council unanimously approved a 2020 meeting schedule for the Noblesville Common Council and the Board of Public Works.

What it means: The council and Board of Public Works will hold their regular meetings on the following dates in 2020: Jan 6, 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25, March 10 and 24, April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, June 9 and 23, July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25, Sept. 15 and 29, Oct. 13 and 27, Nov. 10 and 24 and Dec. 8 and 22.

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