Indianapolis-Marion County, IN, Code of Ordinances

Updated January 2020


Table of Contents

Complete Streets

The consolidated city-county’s streets, sidewalks, and public ways code establishes a commitment to complete streets (§43-201 et seq.). Provisions address definition of complete streets, complete streets policy, scope of complete streets applicability, exceptions, design standards, performance measures, and implementation and reporting.

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

The city’s code of ordinances outlines requirements for projects in most zoning districts through a “Green Factor” criteria system and offers stormwater credits for the use of green infrastructure tactics. It outlines a process for calculating a property’s “green factor” and complying to standards set out in a Green Infrastructure Supplemental Document (§744.509). The code of ordinances describes the process for allocating stormwater credits to both residential and non-residential property owners who implement tactics including rain gardens, on-site stormwater storage, and vegetated filter strips (§676-303).

Zoning Reform and Code Writing

The consolidated city-county adopted a new unified development code in 2015 (Chapters 740–744). It includes a mix of use-based and form-based zoning standards. It defines and regulates uses based on broad categories, with select specific use types, and includes use-specific standards to minimize reliance on discretionary use permits. It is richly illustrated and uses tables to organize use permissions and dimensional standards.

Its purpose statements address implementing local and regional plans; improving the number and quality of housing and transportation options, global economic competitiveness, and neighborhoods; protecting and improving property values; promoting the development redevelopment of vacant properties; promoting development and redevelopment that reduces crime; promoting development and redevelopment patterns that reduce automobile trips and offer increased opportunities for efficient public transit service; protecting and enhancing tree cover; ensuring that parking is adequate but not excessive and that the design and construction of parking areas utilizes low-impact development techniques (§740-102).

Indianapolis city, IN

2010 Population: 820,445

2010 Population Density: 2,269.98/square mile

Marion, IN

2010 Population: 903,393

2010 Population Density: 2,279.58/square mile