Local landowners proposed a 24-lot Planned Unit Development, estimated between $400,000 and $500,000 per lot, just southwest of the Village at the July Zionsville Plan Commission meeting.
The proposed plans are on the same property as the site commonly known as the Zionsville Trailer Park, located at 410 S. Fourth St. The park currently has eight trailers and one home on the site, with the ability to accommodate up to 19 trailers, according to one landowner, Drew Heard.
Heard, along with Paul McCoy and Matt Price, in 2015 purchased 13 acres at 410 S. Fourth St. and 500 S. Main St. through M.A.P. 1861 Development LLC. Price said they extended the amount of notice required after they bought the property from Marcella Compton from a 30-day agreement to a 120-day agreement.
“We made a commitment to (Compton) and each of those residents that we would give them no less than 120 days notice,” Price said at the July meeting. “We have not given any type of official notification, but we have met with each of those residents in person and given them verbal notice that a change was coming.”
He added that there is no formal relocation plan other than to provide notice.
“I think the development looks really good but I’m concerned about where those people will end up,” plan commission member Mary Grabianowski said.
About 3 acres in the northwest part of the property, where the trailer park is located, would be developed.
The other 10 acres would remain undeveloped or available for connectivity to other planned public amenities. The current zoning for the 13 acres is Urban Residential Village (R-V) and Urban Residential Single Family Zoning District (R-SF-2).
“We want to make use of the green space that remains so it would be 10-plus acres of green space that remains,” Heard said.
He added they would be making an amenity of an existing pond.
“There certainly will be an emphasis on open space and outdoor living with the kind of residences we are looking at putting in there,” he said.
The plans also include proposed walking trails that would connect the development to the Village and the Rail Trail.
He said they would be targeting the empty-nester market, for those whose children have moved away, who want to move closer to the town center.
Access would be on South Fourth Street. The 24 lots would be single family dwelling units with a minimum lot-size of 8,000 square feet. Each would be two to three stories with driveway parking and an additional 24 spaces. Sigma Builders, of Carmel, is contracted for the project.
“As many people know there are flood conditions south of the trailer park, so we’re not progressing into the floodway, which is regulated by DNR,” Heard said. “We would just be working within the flood fringe.”
The density range for the Village Residential Land Use is four to five dwelling units per acre.
Resident John Tousley said he is a fan despite the density.
“It takes a lot of property out of the equation for future density,” he said.
Tousley said the three owners have communicated well with the residents.