Carmel City Council Approves Flora PUD and Presents Full Plan Update • Current Edition

The site plan for the Flora on Spring Mill residential development project. (Image taken from filings with the City of Carmel)

The Carmel City Council met on April 18 to vote on Flora’s planned unity development, hold a public hearing on proposed updates to the comprehensive plan and more.

What happened: The council voted 5 to 3 to approve the Flora Planned Unit Development District.

What this means: Flora, a new subdivision developed by Pittman Partners and Onyx + East on Spring Mill Road just north of I-465, will have 129 units including townhouses, duplexes and single-family homes on 18 acres. Councilors Miles Nelson, Tim Hannon and Tony Green voted against the PUD, which replaces the old S-2 residential zoning with a plan developed specifically for the site.

And after: Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

What happened: The council presented a resolution to adopt the updated global Carmel plan and held a public hearing on the document.

What this means: The Global Plan, which is updated approximately every ten years, provides non-binding guidelines for development or redevelopment throughout Carmel. Concerns raised at the public hearing included light pollution, increased density and the lack of response from municipal authorities to some of the public comments. The city continues to seek public comment on the plan, which can be viewed at carmelcomprehensiveplan.com.

And after: The council’s land use committee will discuss the plan before sending it back to the full council for a vote. A reunion date has not been announced at press time.

What happened: The council approved several amendments to its parking ordinance.

What this means: Among the changes is the addition of a vehicle sticker for employees of merchants near Carmel Clay schools that allows them to park on public roads where it is otherwise prohibited within 2,500 feet of a CCS campus. . Other amendments made minor adjustments to accommodate changes in state law.

What happened: The board voted to reappoint Shannon Minnaar to the Carmel Cable and Telecommunications Commission.

What this means: The commission reviews the operations of the cable franchise holder, recommends rate changes to city council, and serves as liaison for the cable franchise. The Mayor of Carmel, City Council, Carmel Clay Public Library Board, Carmel Clay Schools Board, and OneZone Chamber of Commerce each appoint one member to the commission.

And after: Minnaar’s term will expire on March 31, 2024.