Builder plans trailside community in Carmel

October 2, 2013
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M/I Homes of Indiana wants to build as many as four dozen homes on 15 acres of lakeside land along the Monon Greenway north of Interstate 465.

If Carmel officials approve a rezoning request, the heavily wooded property would become Monon Lake, a single-family development named for the body of water that comprises at least half the 34-acre site.

Preliminary plans call for 47 lots on two streets lining the lake’s western and northern shores; the highway is to its south and the Monon to its east. Trail access is a given.

The proposed lineup of one- and two-bedroom home plans—with names like Oasis, Retreat and Serenity—range in price from about $175,000 to $325,000 in other communities north of 96th, according to the builder’s website.

Land along the southern edge of the property would be dedicated to the city for a future connection between an improved 101st Street and an extended 96th Street.

Residential uses are allowed on the property now, but M/I is seeking to rezone it as a planned unit development. The common maneuver, which applies certain design standards to a project, requires City Council approval.

A decision likely is months away, since the proposal still must head to the Carmel-Clay Plan Commission for detailed review. The commission’s recommendation to council isn’t binding, but it’s usually heeded.

What’s your take on the potential for more trailside living in Carmel? Is the Monon really central Indiana’s version of beachfront property?

  • Yes it is
    A major bicycling publication states that Monon fronted property is a prime example of housing prices in the following graphic: You can see the development and for sure higher home prices when they are within close distance to a walking trail or bike lane. When i chose my place to live, the monon had one of the largest factors to do with it. It was the only good access on bike or foot around town. We now have bike lanes and more trails everywhere! I now find myself looking around the city for other places to live.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!