February 5, 2024

Fatal crash review updates and controversial development project passed by council

A stream from the City-County Council meeting shows a packed house.

A stream from the City-County Council meeting shows a packed house.

The Indianapolis City-County Council held its monthly meeting Monday night and approved  controversial rezoning for a development project.

The approval was to redevelop a property in Nora, just north of Broad Ripple, was first proposed in 2021. The housing project received pushback at the time from community members who said it would add too much density and traffic.

The project was scaled back and reintroduced but still received opposition

Councilor Brienne Delaney was given credit for facilitating a compromise between the developer and the community.

“I want to thank both parties for working literally up until the last minute during this meeting to try to come to an agreement,” Delaney said.

A proposal to update the city’s fatal crash review process to add non-fatal crashes was also given final approval.

Councilor John Barth said the measure aims to improve pedestrian safety.

“This way holistic initiatives can be taken to reduce crashes ultimately making our city streets safer for everyone,” Barth said.

This summer the Department of Public Works will establish a process to determine which non-fatal crashes will be reviewed by the fatal crash team and start reviewing those next year.

The council also approved the appointment and reappointment of numerous city officials.

Contact WFYI city government and policy reporter Jill Sheridan at jsheridan@wfyi.org.

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