Zionsville Times Sentinel

January 1, 2014

Big development names pop up in 2013

By Matt Werner Times Sentinel Writer
Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — This past year saw a lot of big names pop up in regard to development -- including FedEx, Pittman and Wal-Mart.

While Fed-Ex and Pittman were both approved, Wal-Mart was denied, yet again, by the town's Board of Zoning Appeals.


Many Zionsville residents were up in arms when Wal-Mart filed plans to construct a 156,621-square-foot store that would sit on nearly 23 acres along Michigan Road, south of Bennett Parkway and east of Andrade Drive.

Wal-Mart was no stranger to Zionsville after proposing a building seven years ago, which was not approved by the council. The council later adopted a "big box" zoning ordinance to limit the maximum floor area of retail buildings and integrated centers. After being denied again in 2008, Wal-Mart filed a lawsuit against the plan commission, which is still pending.

Wal-Mart appeared before the Board of Zoning Appeals in February to receive a variance from the big box ordinance, which limits the maximum size of an integrated center to 125,000 square feet.

More than 150 residents showed up at town hall for the meeting, and most everyone in attendance was against the project.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.