Village Voice 08 2017: August

Letter from the President

Dear Neighbors,

It is hard to believe that August is already here and that most of the schools are back in session! What a quick summer! It was great seeing you at the VRA meeting in July. The developers from the Trailer Park development presented their plans. Their plan was presented at the July Plan Commission meeting and has been continued to the August meeting. Thank you to those who showed up to the VRA meeting to learn more about the development.

The rezoning of the 200 West properties was also presented to the Planning Commission. The town is proposing the rezoning from B-2 and B-3 to Village Business District. This has also been continued to the August 21st Plan Commission meeting.

Coming up in September, the VRA will be hosting our annual block party. For the first time ever, the VRA picnic will have a sponsor! This year it is sponsored by Halcomb Singler Law Firm. A huge thanks to Halcomb Singler for their generous donation! The block party will be taking place on September 16 th at 6:00p.m. on the residential side of Main Street. Everyone that lives in the Village is invited (whether you are a member of the VRA or not)! We will be providing hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers. Please bring a side dish or dessert. This is a great time to catch up with neighbors. I hope to see you there!

If you’re interested in helping with this event, we are looking for volunteers to help pass out flyers to homes. Please e-mail me at if you’re able to help. Set up begins at 5:00pm. Please come early if you’re able to help with setting up.

Lastly, the search for our next VRA President continues. I will be stepping down as president for 2018. Please contact me if you’re interested in the position. It is a great way to make an impact and influence decisions that are made in your town!

Our next VRA meeting will be taking place on September 26th at 7:30pm. I am looking forward to seeing you at the picnic and at the meeting!

Town Council Insights

Village pocket neighborhood proposed, 200 West development abandoned

I was very pleased to see the declaration by the Mayor proclaiming July 17th as “Jean Apple Day." I was impressed with the many contributions Jean has made to the Village and our Town including co-founding the
VRA, establishing the 
Lamplighter Award, serving as President of the Zionsville Historical Society, and many other notable positions. She is a great example of some of many efforts made by Zionsville residents to make our Town a better place to live. Special thanks to Pat Long for pointing out Jean’s accomplishments and upcoming move so she could be recognized for her efforts.

I attended the special VRA meeting last Wednesday (July 12th) to learn more about the proposed pocket neighborhood in the trailer park located within the Village limits. It seems like it is a well-thought plan by concerned residents looking to build a buffer to any development that will occur on the southwest corner of Sycamore and Main Street. I came away from the meeting optimistic about what will be constructed, both in terms of economic viability and how it will blend with the existing Village architecture and feel.

Speaking of development, I’ve been told that the 200 West development proposal has been abandoned. The purchase option on the land has expired with the land owner ending her relationship with the developer of that property, Randy Green. There is still a request in front of the Zionsville Planning Commission to re-zone that property into “Village Business District” and I’m hoping that is passed and put in front of the Council within the next few months. Any new development proposed would be secondary to this request and could not be grandfathered in under the current zoning, assuming the change was considered and passed.

Pop-up Farmer's Market in Boone Village
Every Wednesday thru Sept. 27 (5-8p)

Great news! Area residents now have one more produce option thanks to the Pop-Up Farmer's Market in Boone Village. Feedback from concerned residents in light of the newly vacant Marsh was met with action by the merchants of Boone Village. Every Wednesday night through September 27, locals can visit the market from 5:00-8:00p to replenish their fruits, veggies and meats. 

What's more, on August 2, The Caring Center (from Lebanon) will be on hand to collect new and gently used school clothing, canned food and household items.

Aug 3: Keynote Addressing Community / Youth Support

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