2021 Annual Report

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Community and Economic Development


Public Safety


Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship


Parks and Recreation


Community Enrichment and Engagement


Public Works




Town Council


Boards and Commissions


Looking Into 2022

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TOWN OF ZIONSVILLE 1100 West Oak Street Zionsville, IN 46077 www.zionsville-in.gov

Dear Zionsville, We are pleased to provide you with the Town of Zionsville annual report. Last year, we identified seven initiatives planned for 2021. Thanks to the work of the dedicated Town of Zionsville team, we have made significant progress with each. First, after months of community engagement, the Zionsville Gateway Area plan was adopted by the Plan Commission and Town Council. Addressing this stagnant and underutilized area was a prime reason I ran for mayor. The gateway into our town should be a crown jewel of Zionsville, leading people to our picturesque brick street, and all the wonderful businesses that line it. Momentum is finally happening. We launched the Zoning Code Rewrite to modernize our zoning and development regulations. The updated town code will ensure an environment desirable for high-quality development projects. In 2021, we did more to enhance our quality of life and commit to “a town within a park.” We met with advocates, potential funders and recreation organizations to explore options for bringing a community recreation center to Zionsville. With the leadership and commitment of local volunteers, the Zionsville Parks Foundation launched and is actively soliciting donations and pursuing grants to support parks programming and development. Community Enrichment Grants gave local non-profits new opportunities for innovation that directly add to the vibrant culture of our town. We began implementing Zionsville’s first Climate Action Plan, taking steps to lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce our impact on the environment. Finally, with the opening of the Municipal Action Center, customers walk into Town Hall and interact with local government in a convenient, straightforward, transparent way. We have realigned how we help constituents by utilizing a customer-centric focus, which has been well received. You will see more details and other successes on the pages ahead. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, as a town, we never stopped working for you. We look forward to continued progress and success as a team in the coming year.

Mayor Emily Styron

COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The Community Development Department provides development services to our 68 square mile community. The inspections team reviews plans, manages planning functions and issues permits. The planning team provides support for the Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals and other boards and commissions. Even with the pandemic, the department saw momentum with economic development and quality of place initiatives. Groundbreaking of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) On May 18, Mayor Emily Styron and Town of Zionsville officials joined Governor Holcomb and the RLL team for a groundbreaking ceremony at Creekside Corporate Park. The company is investing more than $20 million to build and equip the 100,000-square-foot state-of-the-art racing headquarters in Creekside Corporate Park. The global headquarters will create up to 73 new jobs by the end of 2024.

endering of the R future RLL global headquarters at Creekside Corporate Park

Groundbreaking and celebration May 2021 2

Zionsville Gateway Area (ZGA)    After calling on the community to help strategically re-invent the gateway into the village business district, we released the ZGA final study (adopted December 20, 2021). This study is a whole-community serving, authentically Zionsville approach that brings together a menu of options for our downtown.

ZGA FEATURES: Greenspace




300 new jobs


$3.3 million in yearly income tax revenue

Commercial, residential and mixed-use development Other amenities that are both water- and trail-oriented

400,000 square feet of buildings $500,000 in yearly assessed value

One of the many listening sessions for the Zionsville Gateway Area

The boundary of the Zionsville Gateway Area 3

Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) Grant



The Town of Zionsville joined three counties – Hamilton, Madison and Marion – and the cities of Carmel, Noblesville, Fishers, Westfield, Anderson, Indianapolis and McCordsville to apply for Governor Holcomb’s READI planning grant. In December 2021, the White River Regional Opportunity Initiative was awarded a $20 million READI grant. We submitted the ZGA project for the READI program – a plan that will attract, develop and retain talent in Zionsville by enhancing quality of place and investing in smart economic development.

20 million grant awarded to the White River Regional $ Opportunity Initiative

Wayfinding Master Plan Utilizing what was heard during the survey that launched in 2020, the Town worked with consultants and designed a signage design concept for Zionsville. The coordinated signage program will encourage residents and visitors to go the distance and discover all the amenities, shopping and dining experiences Zionsville offers. In 2022, Overley-Worman Park will feature the initial installation of the new signage.

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76% of wayfinding survey respondents said the signage designs reflect Zionsville’s sense of place

Zoning Code Re-write   We took steps to modernize the Town’s zoning and development regulations with a goal to create a user-friendly zoning ordinance. We met with constituents where they are — 110 participants joined four listening sessions throughout every corner of town. The team continues to study the material to create a draft of future development standards.


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 30+ new retail, financial, medical, commercial and professional services to Zionsville $100,000 in grants awarded through the Zionsville Architectural Review Committee’s (ZARC) Downtown Facade Rehabilitation program


PERMITTING 13% increase in value of commercial construction 27% increase in new commercial permits 33% increase in building/site inspections 37% increase in commercial permits issued 58% increase in issuance of zoning code violation notices

A rendering of COhatch (75 N. Main). COhatch was one of the local businesses that received a façade grant from the Zionsville Architecture Review Committee


PUBLIC SAFETY Zionsville Police Department (ZPD) officers continued to focus on developing partnerships with all citizens, neighborhood organizations, businesses and schools through community meetings, neighborhood roll calls and foot and bicycle patrols in our parks and on our trails. Our dedication to duty reflects the highest ideals and standards of law enforcement and care for those we serve. Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) The ZPD continued its work to attain the law enforcement accreditation through CALEA. During this process, all aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, management controls, operations and support services are examined. This is an important part of ZPD’s goal to deliver the high level of service and professionalism our community has come to expect.

Citizens Academy participants practice fingerprint recovery techniques


Bike patrol officer Nic Ruby cycles on the Rail Trail

Gun Crimes Task Force ZPD joined the Indiana Gun Crimes Task Force – a partnership with Boone, Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson and Shelby counties – to trace illegally obtained guns or ballistic evidence to solve gun-related crimes. The interagency collaboration focuses on the collection, management and analysis of crime gun evidence and data. Chief Michael Spears was appointed to the task force’s executive board.

Use of Force Review Board Because of professionalism and training, the ZPD has very few use of force incidents (none in 2020 and three in 2021). Besides its role in reviewing use of force incidents, the Use of Force Review Board is involved in discussions of use of force incidents in other jurisdictions and contemporary matters relative to police-community relationships. They participate in ride-alongs with officers and are invited to departmental training sessions.










The REACH Unit was formed as a co-responder behavioral health unit to assist citizens. Officers focus on public safety, mental health and personal and community wellness to reduce the risk of injury for first responders and individuals in crisis, reduce and prevent crime, maximize selfsufficiency and improve quality of life. In 2021, the REACH Unit assisted 26 individuals.


REACH Unit (Resources, Evaluating, Assisting in Community Health)




School Resource Officer Elizabeth Frost with a student at Zionsville Middle School

Officers participate in traffic stop training 7


ZPD IN 2021 7 promotions of officers 23 participants in Citizen’s Police Academy 5,358 hours of professional and technical training (125% increase from 2020) 14,399 calls for service (14% decrease from 2020)

Mayor Emily Styron, Chief Michael Spears and Captain Drake Sterling swear in officer Brandon Pounds, one of the six officers hired in 2021


With COVID-19, the increase in call volume and the effects of sickness and contact tracing, 2021 was a challenging year for the men and women of the Zionsville Fire Department (ZFD). Firefighters stepped up in every way to make sure the same pre-COVID level of service was available during COVID. In 2021, firefighters responded to almost 25% more EMS calls. The department also had a busy year performing many non-emergency activities. Members continue to train and prepare themselves to provide the highest quality of emergency services to our community. National Association of EMT (NAEMT) Training Center Certification This year the Zionsville Fire Department became certified as an authorized NAEMT Training Center. This certification allows the department to teach a variety of nationally recognized courses for both EMTs and paramedics based on the latest best practices in emergency medical care.

Lieutenant Scott Peters engages with local students to talk to them about fire safety

Firefighters participating in live fire training


Fire and Building Code Training To prepare for the increase in new construction, fire inspectors traveled to the National Fire Academy in Maryland to take a week-long Plan Review for Fire and Life Safety class. National Fire Academy classes are accredited and provided at no cost to attendees or their fire department.

Weather Radio Blitz In partnership with Boone County Emergency Management, we worked to keep residents safe during a severe weather emergency. The earlier the warning, the better the outcome. We installed over 40 weather radios and nearly 60 smoke alarms and helped ensure 45 families and homes are safer through home safety checks.


ZFD IN 2021 2 promotions of firefighters to engineers 15 participants in Citizen’s Fire Academy 110 public education events 1,726 patient contacts 2,153 inspections 16,586 training hours completed 2,553 calls for service (10% increase from 2020)

Firefighters participating in live fire training


ZFD’s Santa during the annual driver familiarization training event

SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP The Town of Zionsville’s long-time commitment to the environment can be found across many departments. Through the seasonal brush and limb collection, the Department of Public Works takes all brush collected to be recycled into mulch. Leaves collected during leaf collection are also recycled. Recycling receptacles were installed at four of our parks and at community events like the Farmers Market. Two compost collection sites were added to our community gardens for green waste from plots to be composted and utilized to enrich the soil. 2021 Green Project of the Year A focus on sustainability and conservation resulted in Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AIM) awarding the Town of Zionsville the 2021 Green Project of the Year. We were recognized for numerous green and sustainable initiatives: the Climate Action Plan, a curbside composting program and the promotion of solar to residents.

Zionsville Parks Department installs a compost crib collection site near one of the garden plots.

Department of Public Works crews during the annual leaf collection service


Climate Action Plan In 2021, the Town of Zionsville adopted Zionsville’s first Climate Action Plan, a plan that takes on ambitious community-wide efforts to start mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Zionsville’s plan was developed with support from the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute’s (ERI) Resilience Cohort.

Partnership with Earth Mama Compost As part of the Climate Action Plan, we partnered with Earth Mama Compost to offer residents special pricing for curbside compost pickup. Earth Mama Compost is a local woman-owned business providing fee-based curbside compost to residents. This partnership offers residents an easy and affordable way to reduce waste.


COMPOSTING STATS 247 Zionsville residents signed up with Earth Mama Compost 66,000 pounds of compostable waste material collected in Zionsville by Earth Mama Compost 23.77 metric tons of CO2e diverted (calculated through the Indiana University ERI CIVIC workbook)


CLEAN Communities Pilot Site The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) selected Zionsville as one of six communities to pilot updates to the CLEAN Communities program. To continue the momentum, we hosted a Climate Fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Tox Drop In the fall, we partnered with the Boone County Solid Waste Management District to host a tox drop collection. A total of 483 vehicles came through with 11.33 tons of household hazardous waste and 6.26 tons of electronics collected and recycled or properly disposed of.

Mayor Emily Styron with Climate Fellow Sarah Congress and four Zionsville Community High School students who are part of the Clean Team


PARKS AND RECREATION The Parks and Recreation Department consists of a small team that provides nature-based education and recreational programming, operates a nine-hole golf course, maintains park amenities and provides stewardship to 500+ acres of parkland. In 2021, we reimagined our program services to provide more outdoor recreation opportunities. That included more options during the week, programs for all ages and spectacular programs that the town has never had before. Enter Winterfest. For nearly one month, Mulberry Fields Park transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, programming and live performances. Recreation is fundamentally important to families and adds to our quality of life.


Carpenter Nature Preserve In the summer of 2020, Mayor Emily Styron toured the property formerly known as Wolf Run Golf Club. She later contacted two Zionsville residents with a love for nature, Jim and Nancy Carpenter, and together, thought of a new vision for the property. The Carpenters purchased what is now Carpenter Nature Preserve and have taken the role of interim owners of the property. In 2021, the Town entered into an agreement with the Carpenters: while the Town identifies funding sources to purchase the property, the Carpenters will repurpose and preserve the land. This year the Carpenters worked with Town leadership on the potential development of a park and nature center concept.


216 acres to be added to our parks system with the future Carpenter Nature Preserve – Zionsville’s largest park yet

Jim and Nancy Carpenter


Parks Foundation One of Mayor Emily Styron’s goals coming into office was to develop a foundation that focuses on conserving and enhancing green spaces and raising funds for green spaces for future generations. This year the Zionsville Parks Foundation received its 501(c)(3) status. Led by local citizens, the Parks Foundation exists to preserve, enhance and grow a thriving system of parks and programs. LEARN MORE AND DONATE www.zparksfoundation.org

Rail Trail Expansion We began construction on the expansion and widening of the southern portion of the Big-4 Rail Trail. Along with this trail expansion, a pedestrian bridge was installed at Overley-Worman Park to connect pedestrians from the trail to the future park. Combined with the future northern extension, a total of two miles will be added to the Big-4 Rail Trail once complete, making the trail just over five miles long.

Events Besides Winterfest, new traditions were created in town – Barns and Brews and Magical Park Digital Playground. In partnership with the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, we added a StoryWalk to Elm Street Green. Long-standing traditions like Creekfest, Trick or Trees and the Tails on the Trails dog walking event had record attendance.

The new pedestrian bridge connecting the southern portion of the Big-4 Rail Trail to Overley-Worman Park Volunteers pick up trash in Eagle Creek at the annual Creekfest event


Capital Projects Additions to Heritage Trail Park include expanded parking, a multipurpose pathway, dog park drinking fountains, new sidewalks and an accessible playground. At Starkey Park, we began replacing the SP-3 wooden stairs with a new set of dog-friendly stairs. We resurfaced the tennis courts at Lions Park and added a dedicated pickleball court. Zionsville Golf Course closed in the fall for an overhaul of the cart path system, replacing worn pavement and adjusting grades for safety, comfort and improved play.

Zionsville Nature Center (ZNC) Moves In partnership with the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, the ZNC moved to the first floor of the library and began offering additional educational opportunities to residents. This location has also allowed ZNC to be open during the weekdays and for expanded hours.


NATURE CENTER STATS 237 ZNC programs 3,944 program attendees 8,635 visitors (440% increase from 2020 and 71% increase in 2019 pre-COVID)

Sheila the bearded dragon

Heritage Trail Park accessible playground and pathway/parking additions Zionsville Golf Course 17

On March 8, 2021, we held a groundbreaking event at Overley-Worman Park.

VOLUNTEER WITH US! www.zionsville-in.gov/parkvolunteer


THANK YOU to our more than 250 volunteers who stepped up in our parks and put in 540 hours of maintenance.

PARKS AND RECREATION EVENTS STATS 136 attendees at Barns and Brews Lecture Series and $1,387 donated to Maplelawn Farmstead 224 Magic Park Digital Playground downloads with over 560 visitors 5,608 skaters at Winterfest 2,070 participants in Winterfest programming 19,000 Winterfest webpage visits $27,000 program fees collected


MAINTENANCE STATS 41 hours of professional training 70 hours of invasive species management 234 hours of landscape maintenance $36,721 dedicated to contracted services for invasive species management


ZIONSVILLE GOLF COURSE STATS $500,000+ in revenue – record year! 18,940 rounds of golf played


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ENRICHMENT Mayor Emily Styron came into office with a vision for Zionsville Town Hall: she wanted to see customers interacting with local government in a more easy, transparent and straightforward manner. This vision came to life with the Municipal Action Center (MAC) opening in the fall of 2021. It is a single place where residents and businesses can request services, get information or give feedback. The 46.5 combined years of experience among the MAC pros has served the community in many ways. Community Enrichment Grants With the launch of the Community Enrichment Grant program, funding went toward a diverse mix of projects that promote Zionsville – equipping the bookmobile, an irrigation line, the first phases of an updated historic report, novel initiatives at the farmers market, educating high school seniors and more.

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13 local non-profits awarded Community Enrichment Grants $120,000 infused into the community through the Community Enrichment Grant program

As part of the Zionsville Community Enrichment Grant program, the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library received a $15,000 grant for the Bookmobile 19

Citizen-Led Advisory Groups Mayor Emily Styron formed a Perry Township Advisory Council and the Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee (PMAC) to give residents a strong voice in their local government. The Perry Township Advisory Council discussed tropics such as sanitary sewer connection and improved broadband and PMAC advocated for crosswalks at specific locations.

Lana Funkhouser Day and Tree Dedication The Town received its 20-year Tree City designation and commemorated this achievement by proclaiming April 28, 2021 as Lana Funkhouser Day. Lana is remembered as a town servant and a catalyst in local efforts to sustain the natural environment. Working with the People of Zionsville for the Aesthetics of Zionsville (PZAZ), a tree was planted in Lana’s honor and memorialized with a dedication plaque in the Town Hall Plaza.


PUBLIC WORKS The Department of Public Works (DPW) consists of six divisions responsible for a diverse range of services from the construction and maintenance of sewers, storm drains and roads; implementation and oversight of capital improvement projects and permitted work within the public right-of-way; traffic engineering and maintenance; managing a fleet of vehicles and equipment; and environmental stewardship efforts. North-South Connector The North-South Connector project, a project in the Town’s transportation plan since 1983, opened in September 2021 with the ribbon cutting of the new Marysville Road. Two new roundabouts were part of this project. With the residential growth on the west side of town, the North-South Connector opens a new corridor in town and alleviates traffic from other areas.

Ribbon cutting of the new Marysville Road with Town Councilor Jason Plunkett, resident Mike Steele, resident Jena Humphreys, Mayor Emily Styron, former Mayor Tim Haak, DPW Director Lance Lantz, Town Councilor Bryan Traylor, Town Councilor Josh Garrett


New Hires For the first time the Town of Zionsville hired two staff engineers, enhancing internal and external project coordination and operational efficiencies. As a result of these hires, we saved $180,000 in engineering costs.

Crosswalks After hearing requests for additional crosswalks in town, Mayor Emily Styron established the Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee (PMAC). PMAC evaluates crosswalks and focuses on making town walkways accessible for all. DPW worked with PMAC and created a three-tiered data-centric approach to evaluating the need for crosswalks. At the end of 2021, Town Council voted to add a crosswalk to CR 975 East and Oak Ridge Drive, adding significant network connectivity to our sidewalk system.

Sewer Projects Routine sewer pipe replacements and upgrades were made to the Irishman’s Run force main and Clifden Pond force main, increasing capacity in those portions of the system.


DPW crews filling potholes in town

Kim Rohr, Laboratory Manager/Operator, treats water at the Wastewater Plant


STREETS STATS 8.7 miles of roads resurfaced 8.6 miles of roadways cracksealed 16 ADA curb transition ramps added 40 curb transition ramps upgraded


1,064 lineal feet of sidewalks replaced or repaired (41% increase from 2020) STORMWATER STATS 39 storm sewer structures repaired 243 stormwater permit related inspections 264 Stormwater Individual Lot Permits 10,451 lineal feet of new storm sewer pipe


1,020 self-monitoring inspections reviewed ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP STATS 16 streetlights converted to LED 89.79 tons of debris from street sweeping 153.42 tons of heavy trash 175 tons of brush and limb


2,241 tons of leaves WASTEWATER STATS 1 new regional lift station 404.1 million gallons of water treated 36,296 lineal feet of new sanitary sewer main 23

ADMINISTRATION Local government administration consists of Finance, Human Resources (HR), Information Technology (IT), Municipal Relations and Communications. This team works to ensure Zionsville remains a safe, forwardthinking, collaborative and vibrant town for residents, businesses, visitors and Town employees. Finance Mayor Emily Styron introduced a balanced budget of $32.5 million. For the first time, we are developing a revenue and expense plan to create a forward-looking, multi-year budget from a revenue, expense and cash standpoint. This process will anticipate trends beyond 18 months and establish a five-year capital improvement plan for each department.


2022 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS 64% to public safety priorities (fire, police and public works) $7 million allocated for street repairs 4% payroll increase to Town employees $67,215 provided for those in need of shelter and utilities • $15,998 for COVID-related assistance • $51,217 for non-COVID assistance $3,201,115.90 received from the American Rescue Plan Act through the federal government. Town Administration and Town Council will work together to establish a spending plan for these dollars. The second part of this funding will come in 2022.


Human Resources HR led the Town’s transition to a new payroll and time and attendance software, streamlining existing processes. A compensation study was developed based on relevant and current market data that will provide a framework for making compensation decisions now and in the future. We established the Peer Wellness and Engagement Committee to provide a holistic approach to culture-focused initiatives.

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17 unique recruitment campaigns with 334 applicants 37 new hires 207 employees

Information Technology IT continued to support secure remote work needs due to COVID. Network upgrades were completed to improve network security and physical security upgrades are scheduled to be completed in early 2022. Audio/visual system and camera upgrades were completed early in 2021. Remote participants can now interact with public meetings that are streamed live on YouTube and social media.

Municipal Relations Coordination The Municipal Relations Coordinator acts as a liaison between the Administration, Town Council, boards and committees and constituents. In 2021, we coordinated safe and transparent public meeting processes as we navigated the pandemic. Maintaining all constituent interest applications for various boards and committees enables us to assist in facilitating new appointments from the community and engage residents in local government.


134 public information requests processed


Communications The Public Information Officer serves as the primary media relations representative and uses proactive, two-way communication to ensure all levels of Town communication accurately and effectively promote Town and Mayoral initiatives, priorities, services and safety updates. In 2021, we wrote, designed and mailed two magazine publications to all residences in Zionsville and launched the mailing of quarterly postcards with timely updates.

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Winterfest fun at Mulberry Fields Park





Get ready to lace up a pair of skates and make your way to our new outdoor ice skating rink on crisp winter days and nights. Winterfest will take place this December 10 through January 2 at Mulberry Fields Park with ice skating, food vendors, a holiday village, sledding and more. Tickets will be available for purchase on-site.

More information: www.zionsville-in.gov/winterfest










Fall 2021



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS + CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES When turning back your clocks this fall, ZFD reminds you to change your smoke alarm batteries, too!


Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year.



Small Business Saturday is November 27th! CELEBRATE WITH SALES + SELFIES ALL DAY





Our Street Department crews drive leaf vacuum trucks through town in the fall. Just follow these simple steps to help keep them moving efficiently:

Safety is a shared responsibility, whether you’re driving or on foot or bike.

Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk.

Look out for bikers and skateboarders crossing the street faster than others.

Please move your leaves into long narrow piles right up against the curb. The vacuum’s hose won’t reach farther into your yard.

Drivers yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Be aware of each other.

Wait until people have crossed at least one lane past yours before going.

LEAVES ONLY. Remove all sticks, pine cones, gravel, etc. that could clog things up.

Never pass vehicles stopped or slowing down at a crosswalk.

Use extra caution when traveling at night or in poor weather.

More on crosswalk safety: IC 9-21-8-36, “Traffic control signals not in operation”




Park your vehicles off the street, if possible, so the trucks can get to the curbs easily and clear more yards faster.

This service runs throughout the fall so you don’t have to wait and prep all at once. There is no designated pickup day or regular schedule for your neighborhood.


TOWN COUNCIL The past year remained a busy one for the Zionsville Town Council as we continued to work initiatives to better enable Zionsville to attract economic development investment and continue to make Zionsville the preeminent location to eat, shop and live. The most important task of the Council in any year is to adopt an annual budget. In 2020, the Council turned a $6 million proposed budget deficit into a balanced budget which enabled our town to weather tough challenges through the pandemic. The Council’s fiscal discipline continued in 2021 as we passed another balanced budget while continuing to invest in our community. Infrastructure remains a priority for the Council. This included financially supporting the construction of a roundabout at 800 East & Oak Street as well as the expansion of a downtown parking lot at the site of the former PNC building. Pedestrian traffic was also assisted with the acceptance of Holliday Road from the County for a future trail and funding the first recommendation for a new crosswalk at CR 975 East and Oak Ridge Drive. We also continue to spend time on long-term projects such as the wastewater capacity study ensuring future needs are met as Zionsville grows. The Council was an active participant in the Gateway Study which evaluated the entrance to downtown. We approved a new bond for the Hussey-Mayfield Library system that will create a second branch. That bond maintains current tax levels which ensures no tax increase for residents, always a priority for this Council. Economic development is the engine that will support our future needs for services. This past year saw us approve commercial projects for Appaloosa Crossing retail center, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and the HUB Phase 2 which adds to our growing inventory of distribution space along Interstate 65. We have much to be thankful for and proud of as a town after a challenging 2021 following the pandemic and look forward to 2022 and beyond.

Josh Garrett 2021 Zionsville Town Council President 27

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS The leadership and direction provided by the Town of Zionsville could not be accomplished without the dedicated community members who offer their time as appointed members of our boards, commissions and committees. Below is a snapshot of the work of our 30+ boards and commissions. Board of Police Commissioners The Board of Police Commissioners is responsible for oversight of the policies and personnel management for the Zionsville Police Department. In 2021, the board approved the hiring of six police officers, seven promotions and updates to policies and procedures within the department.

Community Development Corporation (CDC) The CDC awards funds to for-profit and not-for-profit entities via the Redevelopment Commission in the interest of and for the betterment of Zionsville. In 2021, the CDC supported local businesses, and those impacted by COVID-19, and awarded $115,000.

Economic Redevelopment Commission (RDC) The RDC studies, selects and acquires economic development areas or areas needing redevelopment. In 2021, the RDC reviewed grant requests from the CDC and awarded funding in support of their recommendations. The RDC also reviewed and approved the development agreement with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, reviewed various development proposals for available lots in Creekside Corporate Park and facilitated the bond issuance with Appaloosa Crossing.

Board of Parks and Recreation The Zionsville Board of Parks and Recreation oversees the development and maintenance of parks and recreation. In 2021, several members of the Park Board served on a stakeholders group for the Carpenter Nature Preserve Master Plan committee and were involved in planning the amenities at Overley-Worman Park.


Plan Commission The Plan Commission develops and recommends to the legislative body a plan for the future of the community with a focus on establishing quality development and quality of life for Zionsville. This year the Plan Commission unanimously recommended petitions to adopt the Town of Zionsville Draft Airport Strategic Land Use Plan and the Town of Zionsville Draft Gateway Study into the Comprehensive Plan.

Other boards and commissions: Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) Climate Action Plan Steering Committee Economic Development Commission (EDC) Economic Redevelopment Authority Non-Discriminatory Practices Review Committee Park and Road Impact Fee Review Board Pathways Committee Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee People of Zionsville for the Aesthetics of Zionsville (PZAZ) Perry Township Advisory Council Safety Board Zionsville Architecture Review Committee (ZARC) Zionsville Community Enrichment Grant Committee


LOOKING INTO 2022 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT With the Zionsville Gateway Area plan approved by the Zionsville Plan Commission and Zionsville Town Council, we will begin infrastructure planning and design. In 2022, we will also complete a traffic study. PARKS FIVE-YEAR MASTER PLAN Zionsville Parks and Recreation will begin planning for the next Five-Year Master Plan (2023-2027). This process invites the public to voice what they most want to see in their park system as we plan for the next five years. CARPENTER NATURE PRESERVE PLANNING Town leadership is working with Nancy and Jim Carpenter, owners of Carpenter Nature Preserve, to create a new park and nature sanctuary for Zionsville. In 2022, the Parks Department will involve the public in the planning process of this new park. OVERLEY-WORMAN PARK OPENING With the installation of a pedestrian bridge and playground shelters, progress was made on Overley-Worman Park. Opening in 2022, this park will feature both active and passive recreational activities. See the plans online at www.overleywormanpark.com.


RAIL TRAIL EXPANSION The Zionsville segment of the Big-4 Rail Trail is set to complete next year with the southern expansion and trailhead, northern expansion and trail widening. Once complete, Zionsville will enjoy a widened Rail Trail ready to connect to our neighboring communities. TREE CANOPY ASSESSMENT Zionsville is partnering with IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute and will work with a McKinney Climate Fellow to complete a tree canopy assessment and a climate-resilient tree planting plan. PERRY TOWNSHIP LAND USE PLAN With the current plan more than 10 years old and the significant growth and changes occurring in Perry Township, the Zionsville Community and Economic Development Department will update the Perry Township Land Use Plan. This will be an important step for engaging Perry Township residents. OAK STREET ROUNDABOUT PRELIMINARY WORK To build upon the recently completed roundabout on Oak Street at CR 850 East (Cooper Road), a nearly identical roundabout is planned at the intersection of Oak Street and CR 800 East (Kissel Road) with preliminary construction work occurring in 2022. This project will eliminate the existing traffic signal and improve traffic flow.


TOWN ADMINISTRATION Mayor Emily Styron estyron@zionsville-in.gov Deputy Mayor Julie Johns-Cole jjohns-cole@zionsville-in.gov Michael Spears Police Chief mspears@zionsville-in.gov James VanGorder Fire Chief jvangorder@zionsville-in.gov Wayne DeLong Community and Economic Development Director wdelong@zionsville-in.gov Jarod Logsdon Parks and Recreation Superintendent jlogsdon@zionsville-in.gov Lance Lantz Public Works Director llantz@zionsville-in.gov Jo Kiel Human Resources Director jkiel@zionsville-in.gov Joe Rust Information Technology Director jrust@zionsville-in.gov Amy Lacy Municipal Relations Coordinator alacy@zionsville-in.gov 32

Amanda Vela Public Information Officer avela@zionsville-in.gov Finance & Records To be announced

TOWN COUNCIL Jason Plunkett President, District 2 jplunkett@zionsville-in.gov Brad Burk Vice President, At-Large bburk@zionsville-in.gov Alexander Choi At-Large achoi@zionsville-in.gov Bryan Traylor District 1 btraylor@zionsville-in.gov Craig Melton District 3 cmelton@zionsville-in.gov Joe Culp District 4 jculp@zionsville-in.gov Josh Garrett District 5 jgarrett@zionsville-in.gov

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