City Council Recap
Compiled by Karen Kennedy
What happened: Readings of the following ordinances: Support for the Arts Fund, Appropriation of Funds for the Purchase of Brookshire Swimming Facility, Regulation and Prohibition of Weapons in the City Limits, Amendment of the Noise Ordinance and Amendment of the Carmel Clay Comprehensive Plan.
What it means: All remain in their various committees.
What’s next: All will receive another reading at the next meeting.
What happened: The Range Line Road Overlay amendment was sustained.
What it means: The amendment has been back and forth several times between the council and the plan commission. The plan commission had assembled specific building height requirements for various sections of the downtown area. However, per the rules governing council meetings, Council President Rick Sharp pointed out that the council could not approve the plan commission’s proposal; they could only approve or deny what was on the agenda. So the current law will now state that buildings on Range Line Road must have a minimum height of 26 feet, but no longer have to have an occupied second floor.
What’s next: The plan commission’s proposal will be presented as a new proposed amendment, and will be presented again to the council in future meetings.
Other news: The council will select a new council president at the next council meeting Dec. 16.