Fishers aims to maintain development vision

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FISHERS, Ind.- Hoping to maintain the city's future plans, Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness and city leaders are proposing two new ordinances that would ensure any new development along the I-69 corridor around 106th and 116th streets stay in keeping with the city's vision. The ordinances would require and new development in those areas to first get approval from the city council.

"We want to make sure we get the type of development that befits our vision," said Mayor Scott Fadness (R). He says those areas are currently a patchwork of zoning regulations that date back to the mid-1980s.

"We want people to drive into Fishers and to think this is a community that's built with purpose and intent," said Fadness, "that has a true vision behind it, that has been executed well."

Despite adding another step for potential developers, Fadness doesn't think the ordinances will slow down or hamper new development.

"I think there might be a little apprehension by the landowners and the developers in that area, but I think when we talk to them and work through it and say 'Look, we're in partnership and you're building something the community can be proud of,' you're not going to be delayed in any way," said Fadness.

The ordinances will be discussed by the city planning commission on May 10. The city council will then vote on the ordinances at a later date.

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