City's Corporate Campus Adopts New Guidelines

City's Corporate Campus Adopts New Guidelines

City’s Corporate Campus Adopts New Guidelines

May 24, 2002 - The Noblesville Ledger

By: Katherine Lewis

NOBLESVILLE – The plan commission will modify some guidelines for structures within the corporate campus after a local development firm created some guidelines the staff thought were more suitable to the area.

The commission is allowing Republic Development Corp. to change its commercial project located on 280 acres on the north side of the Indiana 238/Interstate 69 interchange.

Lot widths will be reduced from 300 to 200 feet, new landscaping guidelines will be used and building height will be increased from 35 to 40 feet.

The city’s planning staff supported the changes and said the corporate campus could adopt some of the modifications Republic had suggested, as well.

But not everyone was happy about the new guidelines. Commissioner Neil Thompson spoke out against changing the plans so quickly after they had been established.

“We spent many hours developing a workable format,” he said. “But you want to turn around in the first couple of opportunities and drop the standards across the board. I don’t have any problem with the projects, but I don’t think we should drop the bar until we know who we’re playing with.”

Republic spokesman Richard Arnos said many hours were spent reviewing plans with the city’s planning staff and suggested the master plan should continue to evolve.

In the end, the board conceded to Arnos’ points and unanimously approved the changes to his plan.