Housing & Neighborhoods

Housing & Neighborhoods Chapter

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Housing and Neighborhoods Summary of Proposed Updates as of 4/1/2021

The following is a list of updates and revisions to the Fishers 2040 plan proposed during the 5-year update effort, based on the current draft document.

Major Changes

1. Priority Future Actions. The following actions for Housing and Neighborhoods were identified during the update process by the housing subcommittee and steering committee as priorities for future implementation.

Promoting housing diversity, affordability, and needs of changing demographics

  • 2.2.1. Form a housing task force that analyzes housing needs in the City of Fishers and broader housing trends, and makes recommendations to address needs and opportunities. (NEW)
  • 2.2.2. Evaluate current method of plan review and explore how to improve the system to encourage innovative housing and neighborhood design.
  • 4.2.1. Organize an education effort on affordable housing including needs for various demographics, housing types, and City programs. Target messages to the general community as well as potential housing developers. (NEW)
  • 4.2.2. Update the UDO to define a broader range of alternative housing types such as duplexes, triplexes, accessory dwelling units, garage apartments etc. and expand where these types are permitted. (NEW)
  • 4.2.3. Identify feasible incentives to promote development of “Missing Middle Housing” types, affordable or workforce housing, as well as ADA and accessible housing units. (NEW)
  • 4.2.4. Revise the UDO to address and encourage universal design options for aging in place, such as wide doorways, no step entryways and single story living.
  • 4.2.5. In the development review process for new neighborhoods, encourage the integration of a variety of different types and price points of housing so that someone can afford to live in Fishers starting out and stay until retirement. (NEW)

Supporting revitalization and upkeep of existing neighborhoods

  • 3.1.9. Expand the matching grant program or establish separate grant programs to fund home repairs, including exterior repairs for owner occupied and rental properties; to developers to provide new affordable housing or to renovate existing housing that meets affordability criteria; and to retrofitting of existing housing for ADA or universal access. (NEW)
  • 3.1.10. Work with HOA’s, homeowners, and landlords to identify needs in existing neighborhoods and create programming or resources for maintenance and revitalization of neighborhoods. (NEW)
  • • 3.1.11. Form a rental and landlord registry to help monitor property conditions to make sure that rental properties are being properly maintained. (NEW)

Minor Changes

Page Change Type Description
33 Text removed Key findings and initiatives that mention need for updating standards (now complete) 
and creating an architectural review committee
34-36 Text updates - current facts added Updated current state of housing section with new demographic datapoints (see red text.
38-42 Text Updates – Actions Action items were revised to indicate status and remove duplicates. 
Several new actions have been added based on this 5-year update.