More than 360 new single-family homes could be built on 155 acres between Thompson Road and Edgewood Avenue by a local builder looking to create two subdivisions on the far-southeast side of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis-based Westport Homes Inc. plans to ask the city’s Metropolitan Development Commission for approval Wednesday to rezone two tracts of land for two separate projects near Wanamaker. Together, the developments would create about 364 single-family lots.
According to public documents, one development would be along the southwest corner of Hickory and East Thompson Roads’ intersections with Southeastern Avenue. That subdivision, called Fields at New Bethel, would have around 179 homes on 75.5 acres, though original plans called for about 204 homes.
The Fields at New Bethel is expected to have an average lot size of 9,410 square feet, or nearly 0.22 acres. The minimum lot size would be around 7,200 square feet, or 0.17 acres. The neighborhood would include sidewalks along all streets, nearly a half-a-mile of walking paths and five acres of ponds.
The other project, Edgewood Farms, would be north of East Edgewood Avenue—directly southwest of the Fields subdivision—and would have 185 homes on nearly 80 acres. Earlier plans called for about 196 homes.
Edgewood Farms would feature an average lot size similar to that of Fields, at 9,221 square feet, or 0.21 acres. Similarly, its minimum lot size would be about 7,200 square feet. Edgewood would feature extensive common areas and park space—about 25.6 acres. It would also have about 6.3 acres of ponds and a walking path of more than three-quarters of a mile.
Both projects are expected to connect into another Westport-built subdivision along East Thompson and South Franklin roads called the Village at New Bethel. The projects will include shared roads with existing or planned roads extending into the new developments.
Homes in the Village at New Bethel range from about 1,564 square feet to 3,395 square feet, with prices starting around $208,000.
The under-construction subdivision will feature about 275 parcels in its first phase, but another 133 homes are planned for 34 acres of undeveloped agricultural land to the south, according to separate plat-related documents filed with the city. Those plans have been approved by the city’s Plat Committee, but have not yet gone before the hearing examiner.
Locally-based Shoopman Homes also has a 100-unit development called The Village of (not at) New Bethel directly north of Westport’s subdivision that has three lots remaining. The unaffiliated developments are connected to one another by the north-south New Bethel Boulevard.
Both projects up for approval this week are currently zoned D-A, or dwelling agricultural, but approval from the MDC would change that designation to D-4, for single-family residential neighborhoods.
City staff is recommending the MDC approve the developments, subject to certain conditions.
Each would require a traffic study be submitted within 60 days of the commission’s approval. The city’s Department of Public Works would have to approve the studies’ findings before road construction could begin.
For the Edgewood project, the city also asked for a 60-foot right-of-way designation along East Edgewood Avenue and a new pedestrian path within any easements.
The rezones will require final approval from City-County Council, if approved by the MDC.
A representative for Westport referred all questions about the three projects to the builder’s parent company, Texas-based D.R. Horton. A representative for D.R. Horton did not respond to an email requesting comment.
The firm—which bills itself as America’s largest homebuilder—is listed on both rezoning applications, under the name D.R. Horton – Indiana LLC.