A plan to help improve the viability of downtown Zionsville took a major step forward as a draft was presented to a working group.
The downtown market study and parking analysis working group went through the plan Tuesday morning, June 24. Overall the group was pleased with how the plan came together and the strategies it offered to help downtown thrive.
"I thought it was excellent," said Charlie Edwards, who is heading the working group. "I think the comments we've made have translated really well into the document."
Group member Bob Goodman said he saw one "elephant in the room" that wasn't really addressed in the plan -- multi-family housing.
"I look back here, and I see lots of little pieces that say residential, self-parking and that stuff," he said. "I also know that whenever residential comes up, it never gets going. I think of that conversation about (multi-family housing) as always being very confrontational and all the sides not being together, which creates a very difficult position to take care of the development opportunities that we have.
"I see it mentioned but not addressed beyond saying that all these different entities have to get on the same page and be nice to one another. I'm not saying we all have to agree, but we can't always be a total obstructionist."
Edwards said the topic was addressed in the potential development typologies section, which outlines what types of development would make sense in specific areas in the Village.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.