The Land Use Group of Service monitors proposed development in the SRA area to promote responsible planning as designated by the city of Indianapolis. According to the recently updated Comprehensive Land Use Plan of Marion County, a large portion of the Mud Creek Valley has been designated “Rural or Estate Neighborhood” - thanks to the valuable input from SRA and the community to make that designation happen.
In addition, the Lawrence Township Comprehensive Land Use Plan is a valuable guide to our approach to land use monitoring and advocacy. It states in part that we should, within this critical area and to the greatest extent possible:
Protect the aquifer & our city’s drinking water
Protect the wetlands
Protect the woodlands
Keep development densities to no more than 1 unit per acre
Avoid soil erosion by minimally developing, if at all, the slopes of the Valley
Protect Mud Creek & its flood fringe
Preserve open space
Promote designated Urban Conservation
Closely scrutinize development
Our areas of focus regarding land use in the Mud Creek Valley include:
Storm water management
Poorly draining soils that can be unfavorable for development in certain areas
Encouraging successful and appropriate development rather than creating damage that is costly and difficult to repair
Sewer overflow controls
Protection of the Mud Creek Conservancy Land Trust Easement
Protecting Mud Creek and adjacent flood plain, flood fringe and wetland areas
This Group is actively seeking volunteers with expertise and interest in land use and zoning issues.
To learn more about our area conservation lands, please visit our friends and partners at Mud Creek Conservancy.