Meridian Street Preservation Commission
The North Meridian Street Preservation Area
In 1971, the Meridian Street Preservation Act (Indiana Statute PL 260-1971) was passed. It requires any owner in the North Meridian Street Preservation Area (both Primary and Secondary Areas, click here to view boundary maps) secure the approval of the Meridian Street Preservation Commission (MSPC) for any proposed change in land use (rezoning) or zoning variance (see "Preservation Area Plan" below under Forms and Documents). In addition, the owners of properties on North Meridian Street (in the Primary Preservation Area) must have proposed modifications of exterior features of their house and property through construction, reconstruction, alteration or demolition approved by the MSPC prior to beginning any work [see the "Design Guidelines," the MSPC Chair, and your neighborhood organizations for guidance - see Reference Area below].
To get an overview of the application process to secure approval, refer to the "Application Approval Process Chart" which may be found under "Applications" below along with the written instructions for filing an application (see "Application Packet / Instructions"). The Commission hears and votes on these applications / petitions (see "Ballots" and the "State Statute IC-7-36-11.2" below in the resource area of this page).
The Commission consists of a nine-member board whose members are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Indianapolis and the Governor of Indiana to ensure that the Meridian Street Preservation Act is upheld. (Please note that Jonathan Hess replaced Mark Beebe, Spring 2016.) The Commission is chaired by a representative from the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development (see IC 36-7-11.2-19 through IC 36-7-11.2-26 of State Statute in resource area below for details). A representative from the State of Indiana Attorney General's Office serves as counsel. See "State IAC Rules Title 925" below for additional rules that have been adopted to help the Commission administer the State Statute and govern the procedures of the Commission, applicants, and interested parties (e.g., supporters and remonstrators of an application).
The Commission is scheduled to meet at 4:00PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Meridian Street United Methodist Church, 5500 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208; the hearing is located in the Conference Room on the first floor (no longer in the basement). Deadline for filing an application is 30 days before the meeting date (see the MSPC Hearing Schedule for dates of upcoming hearings and for dates that all documents are due from applicants).
Kathleen Blackham, Chair
Meridian Street Preservation Commission
200 East Washington Street, Suite 1842
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(Monday - Thursday; 6:30am - 5:00pm)
BTNA Land Use Committee
Neil Bloede, Chair
MKNA Land Use Committee
Eileen Hack, Chair
MSF Land Use Committee
Jason Sciortino, Co-Chair
(phone ) 317.372.4777
Susan Apple, Co-Chair
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