Carmel council approves Jackson’s Grant expansion, beekeeping standards 

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The Carmel City Council met Aug. 17 to vote on an expansion for the Jackson’s Grant neighborhood, a beekeeping ordinance and a refinancing resolution, among other matters. Councilor Sue Finkam did not attend the meeting because she is in quarantine after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis in her family.

What happened: The council voted 5-3 to rezone 20 acres for an expansion of the Jackson’s Grant neighborhood to include townhomes, single-family homes and a commercial node on the northwest corner of 116th Street and Spring Mill Road.

What it means: The proposal by Republic Development, which also developed the existing portions of the Jackson’s Grant neighborhood, generated hundreds of letters and emails from citizens on both sides of the issue, although more responses were from residents against the project than for it. Councilors Tony Green, Tim Hannon and Miles Nelson voted against the expansion.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved an ordinance to establish beekeeping standards.

What it means: The city’s Dept. of Community Services developed the ordinance as a result of increased beekeeping activity in Carmel in recent years. It sets standards for numbers of hives, maximum hive sizes, hive placement and other matters. The ordinance is based on a similar one recently approved in Fishers.

 

What happened: The council unanimously approved a resolution refinancing certain 2012 and 2014 bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates.

What it means: By refinancing the bonds, the city expects to save $19 million in interest payments over the repayment term. The length of the terms and amount of principal will not change.


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