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West Side Update- June 19, 2024

Updated: Jun 19

City Council Update 6/19

Hi neighbors! After each meeting, you can find need-to-knows, news updates, and upcoming events on this blog! Take a look below and stay informed on what’s happening in our city! This month, we had a short yet productive meeting!

Mayoral Updates

The Mayor updated the city on the ongoing US Swimming Olympic Trials in Indianapolis and celebrated qualifiers who hail from the City of Carmel. The Mayor also advocated for the creation of the position of a Chief Infrastructure Officer for the City of Carmel.

Committee Updates

The Carmel Redevelopment Commission provided more exciting updates to projects happening all around Carmel. You can find more details on these projects here.

Ordinances and Resolutions

The Council approved Ordinance D-2710-24 with a vote of 9-0. This ordinance authorizes the issuance of TIF bonds for financing the development of the Gramercy Project. This revised plan also addresses the concerns of the neighboring residents of Hunter’s Glenn. 

The Council heard a first reading of Ordinance Z-690-24 on use-specific standards for non-dwelling, short-term rentals such as pools, backyards, accessory buildings, or other structures. This will now be heard and considered by the Land Use and Special Studies Committee. 

The Council introduced and disapproved Ordinance Z-691-24 with a vote of 0-9. This ordinance would have added an additional section to the Jackson’s Grant Village development plan to establish a day-care facility. While I will always promote the need for greater daycare facilities in Carmel and fight for their inclusion, this plan would have extended developers far more land than they had initially asked for in their proposal. This was one of the most difficult votes I have encountered thus far on the council. It conflicted my missions to keep developers honest and my belief that Carmel families have a right to the best care possible for their children. We have left the door open for better daycare facilities throughout Carmel and it is my hope that this will push developers to take childcare into consideration in their initial proposals and not leave it as an afterthought when building our city. 

Community Involvement Opportunities

  • Next City Council Meeting: July 1st at 6pm in City Hall

  • Land Use and Special Studies Committee Meeting: June 26th at 5:30pm in the Carmel Clay Public Library in Meeting Room C

There are many exciting things going on in Carmel for the summer!

CarmelFest is just around the corner! Join us July 3-4 in downtown Carmel for fireworks, food, and fun for the whole family. You can also purchase ride tickets ahead of time and check out all the festival has to offer on the CarmelFest website.

Movies are being shown twice a week at Midtown Plaza on the large video screen for families and children to enjoy! The next showings are "Wish" this Thurs at 6pm and "Elemental" next Tues and Thurs at 6pm! The full schedule for the showings can be found here.

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra begins their Summer Concert series at Coxhall Gardens. Their first is the Summer Solstice concert on June 21st that features community performances ahead of the Orchestra by Mr Daniel Sings, The Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Kathak Dance Academy, Dhol Indian Dumming & Chinese Performing Group featuring Peter Kirkwood.

The Carmel Fountain Square Committee is hosting a Summer Family Concert Series at the Gazebo (1 Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032)! Concerts are held every Wednesday at 7pm! We look forward to seeing you there! More information can be found here.

The City has partnered with Blockhouse Studios to bring the unique experience of architectural projection to Carmel at the Palladium! The projections occur every Thursday through Sunday and run every 30 minutes starting at 9pm with the last projection beginning at 11pm! The full details can be found here!

That’s all from me on this fine Wednesday! Remember, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please reach out to me. I’m always here to listen and advocate for you. If you wish to review the details of our city meeting, the recording is available here, and the meeting agenda is available here! If you’d like to attend a city council meeting, committee hearing, or other council events, please visit our website for the calendar!

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