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INDIANA BOROUGH REPEALS OVERLAY ZONE
Council member resigns

7/3/2013

The Indiana Borough Council came to a dramatic decision on the Traditional Neighborhood Development overlay zone at last night’s meeting.  Council repealed the ordinance by an 8-3 vote. Only council members Richard Thorell, Julie Adcock and Peter Broad voted against striking down the overlay zone and all of its associated guidelines.


Indiana's overlay zone concept permitted high-density student housing units near the IUP campus to be built over existing zoning lines, specifically the R-2 Residential Zone.  That put new high-volume student housing units among family homes, causing some residents to be upset that their neighborhood was being infringed upon.  During public comment before the vote last night, some homeowners asked council to consinder the impact of high-density housing on their homes and property values.  Meanwhile, a developer for the 13th Street nd Oakland Avenue project said that indecision was hindering investors. 

 

Also last night, council member Tom Shively of the Second Ward resigned. Council now has 30 days to replace him and intends to at the next council meeting in July. Solicitor Wayne Kablack said that both Shively and Bill Simmons, who resigned earlier this year, left with enough time for names to be put on the November ballot.

 


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