We need to change because our situation has changed.
Bogged down it a 1970s regulatory structure, Indy must evolve to meet the demands of our 21st century lives.
Changing the zoning ordinances and development regulations is necessary to keep pace with the changes in our lives. Changing the zoning ordinances and development regulations is necessary if Indianapolis is to become one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest.
When the zoning ordinances were last revised in a comprehensive manner was in the early 1970s; back then:
- Uni-Gov was brand new.
- Much of Indianapolis was undeveloped; the interstate system was still a "new idea".
- The automobile dominated patterns of new development since gas was 36 cents a gallon.
- The average size of new house was 1,400 sq. ft; average cost was $23,450; and energy costs were rarely considered.
- The manufacturing industry is where most people worked.
- The baby boom generation was just entering the workforce and the average life expectancy was 70 years.
- Technologically, LCD, virtual memory, floppy disks, and the DOS operating system were just invented.
Much has changed since then! But our ordinances haven't evolved from the "one size fits all" expectation of the seventies.