Central Indiana Trail-Oriented Development


There are many trails (greenways) in Central Indiana: the Monon Trail, Nickel Plate Trail, Fall Creek Trail, Pennsy Trail, B&O Trail, and Midland Trace Trail are some of the well-known regional trails. Many smaller trails are planned or developed throughout Central Indiana. Some of the trails have well-defined development nodes that are vibrant and successful (Broad Ripple, Carmel Midtown and Art & Design District, Nickel Plate District in Fishers), while other areas have not been able to develop commercial/mixed-used areas that embrace the trail or are on the cusp of being able to do so, but not there currently. The intention of this plan is to identify success factors for Trail Oriented Development (TrOD), potential nodes on the existing/planned trail network, potential development guidelines, and potential tools for overcoming identified obstacles to success. The geography for the plan will be the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). Proposing new trails is not anticipated and will be part of other projects by the IMPO and local communities.

Speaker Event

The third event in the 2023 IMPO Speaker Series focused on trail-oriented development and featured Clyde Higgs, CEO of Atlanta Beltline. 

Project Milestones

  • January 2023 Project Kickoff
  • April 2023 Open House
  • April 2023 Community Survey
  • June 2023 Develop Design Guidelines
  • July 2023 Open House
  • July 2023 Conceptual Node Development
  • July 2023 Community Survey
  • December 2023 Plan Development (In Progress)
  • February 2024 Target Plan Completion
  • April 2024 Plan Adoption

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To reach staff with questions or comments, contact the project manager:

Rose Scovel