Department of Metropolitan Development

  • Business Growth & Startups
  • Design
  • Neighborhoods
  • Resilience
  • Third Places
  • Transportation
  • Industrial Renewal

Website
www.indy.gov/DMD

Primary Contact
Brad Beaubien
Administrator for Long-Range Planning
Contact via email

Mission statement

The City of Indianapolis’ Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) exists to promote community and economic development and perform city planning, zoning, and redevelopment activities for Marion County.

Actions

Actions are activities derived from the Plan 2020 planning process that a partner has committed to implement.

Department of Metropolitan Development is working on the following actions:

Neighborhoods

Strategy

Implement a planning and public policy strategy to identify locations and guide the development of new neighborhood nodes and villages.

Action

Conduct a development suitability analysis to determine where village potential exists, including market demand, parcel size and availability, viability of adjacent neighborhoods, and non-residential land uses

Start Date:

January 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

Neighborhoods

Strategy

Implement a planning and public policy strategy to identify locations and guide the development of new neighborhood nodes and villages.

Action

Establish “complete community” criteria to meet the daily living needs of residents, including: walkability, mixed-use, and a range of housing types (affordability)

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2018

Progress

0%

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Neighborhoods

Strategy

Implement a planning and public policy strategy to identify locations and guide the development of new neighborhood nodes and villages.

Action

Determine and adopt adequate public facilities and minimum public service and design standards for villages and neighborhood nodes -such as pedestrian infrastructure, public lighting, streetscape amenities, public space, transit connections, and crime prevention through environmental design

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2018

Progress

0%

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Neighborhoods

Strategy

Implement a planning and public policy strategy to identify locations and guide the development of new neighborhood nodes and villages.

Action

Propose Economic Investment Districts (EID) for each existing and proposed village and node to help finance infrastructure improvements, operation and maintenance

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

10%

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Status on February 25, 2017
DMD is currently working with two community village partners who have inquired about baseline data to evaluate the potential and structure of EIDs.
Neighborhoods

Strategy

Implement a housing investment strategy focused on entrepreneurship, such as artists, makers, and other early-career entrepreneurs.

Action

Identify areas best suited to acquire properties in a concentrated area

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

10%

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Status on February 6, 2017
Internal data analysis underway
Neighborhoods

Strategy

Implement a housing investment strategy focused on entrepreneurship, such as artists, makers, and other early-career entrepreneurs.

Action

Explore a homesteading program, coupled with loan and incentive programs, in “branded” creative neighborhoods accessible to villages

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%

Neighborhoods

Strategy

Implement a housing investment strategy focused on entrepreneurship, such as artists, makers, and other early-career entrepreneurs.

Action

Utilize anchor institutions or community partners to provide programming, support space, or support services that complement each creative neighborhood

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

10%

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Status on January 1, 2016
DMD provided support, in the form of a CDBG investment, in Big Car's headquarters and Tube Factory in the Garfield Park neighborhood. This arts-based community development organization plans include artist-in-residence housing, a community gallery, and neighborhood arts programming.
Neighborhoods

Strategy

Provide private market confidence through leading and sustained public investment and commitment.

Action

Expand Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) eligibility for dense mixed-use housing, through designation of Community-Based Development Organizations (CBDO)

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%

Neighborhoods

Strategy

Provide private market confidence through leading and sustained public investment and commitment.

Action

Target and layer investment of federal development funds, including CDBG, HOME, Low-income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), and New Market Tax Credits

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

75%

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Status on February 6, 2017
Beginning in the 2018 funding round, DMD will target CDBG and HOME in one or two areas through its LIFT Indy initiative
Neighborhoods

Strategy

Provide private market confidence through leading and sustained public investment and commitment.

Action

Promote establishment of Economic Improvement Districts (EID) to improve village core governance and provide support for management and enhancement of public spaces and value-enhancing public services

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

25%

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Status on February 6, 2017
Woodruff Place is first district. Currently providing analysis support to two other neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods

Strategy

Provide private market confidence through leading and sustained public investment and commitment.

Action

Identify targeted neighborhoods for the new county-wide housing strategy

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

10%

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Status on February 6, 2017
In process of on-boarding consultant team to develop Neighborhood Investment Strategy.
Neighborhoods

Strategy

Provide private market confidence through leading and sustained public investment and commitment.

Action

Implement a strategy where all existing schools have sidewalks or biking pathways leading to and from the school to the surrounding neighborhood

Start Date:

May 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

10%

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Status on February 6, 2017
Adopted Walkways Pedestrian Plan, which considered destinations like school in funding priorities
Neighborhoods

Strategy

Provide private market confidence through leading and sustained public investment and commitment.

Action

Develop and publish a set of school siting criteria

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2018

Progress

0%

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Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Align transportation planning with industrial renewal efforts by accounting for freight (truck and rail) by looking at capacity constraints and modal disconnects (e.g. more frequent and longer freight trains producing more at-grade crossing delays)

Start Date:

January 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%

Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

5%

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Status on February 28, 2017
Funding has been secured for the Transportation Integration Plan process, which will begin in 2Q 2017
Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Develop implementation process that requires coordination between DMD, DPW, DCE, IndyGo, Blue Indy, Indy Parks and other internal city agencies and municipal corporations to assure best use analysis and leveraging of investments

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

10%

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Status on February 6, 2017
DMD's Transportation Integration Planner has started to convene transportation-integration meetings of cross-departmental staff to begin improving inter-departmental coordination. Transportation Integration Plan process will begin 2Q 2017.
Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Incorporate current, pending and future regional pedestrian plan, freight plan, bike connectivity plan, greenways plan, and IndyConnect into thoroughfare plan and other city technical plans as identified in Plan 2020

Start Date:

December 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

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Status on February 6, 2017
Transportation Integration Plan process will begin Q2 2017.
Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Consider utilities coordination and multimodal infrastructure improvement as part of construction timeline

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Coordinate all modes of transportation to create interconnected system, including BlueIndy, Bike Share, etc

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

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Status on February 6, 2017
Transportation Integration Plan process will begin Q2 2017.
Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Integrate Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) into land use planning system

Start Date:

September 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

20%

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Status on January 1, 2016
In addition to the Red Line TOD Strategic Plan, which provides a TOD policy overlay on top of existing plans along the Red Line rapid transit line, DMD staff are working on a TOD overlay to be incorporated into a new land use classification system that will be a part of the Plan 2020 update to the county-wide land use plan.
Transportation

Strategy

Establish protocol for cross-departmental coordination.

Action

Plan and rezone MU-3 and MU-4 mixed-use zoning districts

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

25%

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Status on February 6, 2017
In partnership with the International Marketplace Coalition, DMD is developing the model plan and model process for establishing a new MU-3/4 zoning district for a portion of the International Marketplace. This will provide DMD staff with the model to replicate this new tool, provided by the new IndyRezone zoning ordinance, in other places around Indy. In addition to IMC, DMD is beginning to work on two mixed use districts around the Methodist Hospital Campus.
Resilience

Strategy

Develop a resiliency master plan to guide governing agencies and services.

Action

Complete and implement a county-wide Resiliency Master Plan

Start Date:

January 1, 2017

Completion Date:

December 31, 2018

Progress

0%

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Resilience

Strategy

Incentivize and reinforce sustainability/livability in the private sector.

Action

Identify ways to make “invisible” things “visible” through real time reporting on local health indicators (IndyVitals)

Start Date:

July 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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Status on February 6, 2017
IndyVitals launched at indyvitals.org, with health data including birth health, health insurance coverage, food access, bicycle/pedestrian automobile crashes, and crime. DMD and partners continue to pursue funding and new partnerships to integrate additional data into the system.
Industrial Renewal

Strategy

Create greater local capacity to lead economic growth and development in urban neighborhoods in order to put into productive use underutilized space including brownfields.

Action

Identify/create lead entity responsible for assembling and remediating (as necessary) vacant industrial space

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

20%

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Status on February 6, 2017
DMD Implementation Partner, RenewIndy, is moving into Comm/Industrial land. DMD acquired RCA Plant for Land Bank.
Business Growth & Startups

Strategy

Spur business growth through implementing place based investment in innovation zones and entrepreneurship districts.

Action

Identify place-based innovation and entrepreneurship districts

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

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Status on January 12, 2016
One of the first steps for completing this action step will be to identify a lead entity for each zone/district
Industrial Renewal

Strategy

Create greater local capacity to lead economic growth and development in urban neighborhoods in order to put into productive use underutilized space including brownfields.

Action

Identify and pursue federal funds that will bolster manufacturing re-use and innovation in Indianapolis

Start Date:

September 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

15%

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Status on February 6, 2017
DMD led GM Stamping Plan reuse study, supported partner NEAR in getting EPA Brownfield planning grant for RCA Plant site.
Business Growth & Startups

Strategy

Spur business growth through implementing place based investment in innovation zones and entrepreneurship districts.

Action

Use planning and zoning tools to support and enable innovation zones and entrepreneurship district

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

Third Places

Strategy

Take inventory of and maintain a list of third spaces within neighborhoods.

Action

Conduct a public places gap analysis and create an action plan

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

10%

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Status on February 6, 2017
A Plan 2020 Bicentennial Fellow project developed a model for conducting this analysis.
Third Places

Strategy

Take inventory of and maintain a list of third spaces within neighborhoods.

Action

Develop criteria for siting a new 3rd place and ways to designate an existing place as a 3rd place

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

Design

Strategy

Engage the private sector to become committed to a culture of exceptional quality and design.

Action

Building off of the Regional Center Design Guidelines, develop a process by which districts may opt-in to minimum design standards for all residential and commercial development

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2017

Progress

0%

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Status on February 6, 2017
DMD will be working to update and upgrade the existing Infill Housing Guidelines document and create a parallel Neighborhood Commercial Guidelines document to be part of an opt-in overlay as part of the new land use planning system that will be part of the Plan 2020 update to the countywide land use plan. Implementation of this system will be in a future phase of the land use plan. DMD partnering with River West Great Place on pilot project to explore design guidelines.
Design

Strategy

Engage the private sector to become committed to a culture of exceptional quality and design.

Action

Establish an urban design action team to review everything that is awarded DMD funding (HOME, CDBG and TIF) for its design

Start Date:

August 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2016

Progress

50%

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Status on November 1, 2015
An urban-design action team was established in the fall of 2015 to perform design review on all projects DMD supports through its CDBG and HOME programs, and this requirement is part of all 2016-funded contracts.