FISHERS, Ind. --If you considered community development a dating game, then the town of Fishers would be guilty of having a certain “type.”
To keep up with an explosion of new developments like Top Golf and IKEA, the towns council has approved a new zoning designation or “Employment Node" for the area near 116th Street and I-69, where IKEA has just broken ground.
Essentially the council will act as a filter for businesses wanting to set up shop in the area.
“I look at this as if we just want to have a seat at the table and have our team here in the city of fishers sit down with these folks and make sure we do what’s best for our community and best for our citizens,” Council President John Weingardt said.
Generally wherever IKEA goes, tons of retail and restaurants tend to follow, hoping to cash in on the crowds the mega retailer bring in. Because the council is predicting the same thing to happen in Fishers, they want to be the gatekeepers of what goes where.
“We want to make sure this property develops properly,” Weingardt said
The new designation favors office buildings and business parks with the area and forces any would be standalone restaurant and retailers to get special approval.
Restaurants and retailers can be placed inside of future office buildings, but only if it’s limited to 15% of the building. A restaurant or retailer can occupy up to 30% of a building, but only if the building is a part of a larger development and the restaurant/retailer takes up less than 30 percent of that development.
"It’s not discouraging retail. We just want what we feel is the right kind of retail," Weingardt said.