Carmel City Council Recap: Jan. 7
ACTION: Public Hearing, Rezoning of Property at 146th and Gray Rd.
WHAT IT MEANS: L & Q Realty, owners of 4.59 acres on the southeast corner of the intersection, requested rezoning from residential to business. The proposed development includes a 24/7 Ricker’s gas station and convenience store.
The plan includes a green space buffer between the station and nearby residents. “There’s more than a football field between this development and any adjacent neighbor,” stated L & Q’s lawyer Joe Scimia.
During a public hearing, several residents of Woodfield subdivision and adjacent properties requested a rejection of the rezoning. Many residents expressed concerns regarding road safety, water quality and property values.
Scimia suggested that residents have a history of rejecting proposals for this property. Woodfield Homeowners Association President Cesare Turrin disagreed and countered that residents are open to the city “approving development that does not negatively impact residential property values.”
WHAT’S NEXT: The ordinance has been assigned to the Land Use, Annexation & Economic Development Committee to be discussed at their Jan. 22 meeting.
ACTION: Public Hearing, Hunter’s Creek Streetlights
WHAT IT MEANS: An unresolved petition regarding the installation of Hunter’s Creek streetlights was referred to the Utilities, Transportation and Public Safety Committee. The committee’s first opportunity to discuss this issue will be during their Jan. 14 meeting.
During a public hearing at the Dec. 17 council meeting, Hunter’s Creek residents Rick Wright and Don Sentir requested the council reject this ordinance.
WHAT’S NEXT: The council will address this issue at the next meeting which will be rescheduled due to Martin Luther King Day. A public hearing has been scheduled and residents are invited to address the council at this city council meeting.
ACTION: Progress on Community Services Smartphone App
WHAT IT MEANS: Councilor Ron Carter expressed dissatisfaction with the pace of a project to create a community services website and app. Carter described an app that would allow residents to report concerns such as potholes or code violations using their smartphone.
WHAT’S NEXT: Carter encouraged Community Services to complete this project so that “quality of life (concerns) in the city get taken care of in a way that is efficient and effective.”