Below is information from Citizen’s Energy Group about the STEP program coming to the 82nd & Westfield area. If you live in the area shown in the shaded portion of the map below, you are being switched from septic to city sewer.
CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER:
Sandy Shafer (Citizens) (317) 429-3981 email email@example.com
ENROLLMENT PERIOD: 30 days from yesterday, August 16 2016. After the 30 day period, you can enroll until approximately April 2017, but with an additional $500 fee per household.
OPTIONAL? No. Connection to the sewer system is mandatory, and the $2766 fee is required even if you opt to use your own contractor (which is roughly an additional $5000-15000/household).
More about Septic Elimination: DETAILS ABOUT STEP PROGRAM HERE
New Rate Information: CEGRatesPDF
A few notes from the meeting yesterday:
-Nobody from Citizens will ever come to your house requesting payment for anything. If anyone wearing a Citizens shirt or badge is at your home requesting payment – do not pay them; it is a scam. Very few reported instances like this have happened, but please be alert and let any elderly or shut-in neighbors know to never write a check to someone claiming to be from Citizens.
-Additional monthly electricity costs for running the grinder pump is about $2/month.
-See the second link above for information about the monthly sewage costs.
-If you choose to do the monthly payment plan rather than paying the full fee up front, the fees will be added to your monthly sewer bill. You will begin paying AFTER you are receiving service. If you sell your home before you have finished paying off the hook up fee, you are responsible for paying the balance (the balance may not be transferred to the new homeowner). Either you will continue paying on your monthly bill if you remain a Citizens customer, or you will work out another payment option with Citizens.
-Beginning in 2016, Citizens began implementing the low-pressure systems w/grinder pumps. This is a less expensive alternative to the traditional gravity systems that were previously installed. A big advantage of a low-pressure system is that trees, fences, gardens, etc… can mostly be preserved. The horizontal digging process is less invasive than trenching and there is more flexibility on where Citizens can put the lateral hook up to each home. Drawbacks to low pressure systems are the on-going maintenance requirement for the pump ($2,500 replacement cost) and the potential for electrical upgrade on a home (ie, 110v to 220v).
-There are pump maintenance contracts available that cost about what a typical HVAC maintenance contract would.
For all its wonderful assets (like great schools, mature trees, shopping and Monon Trail), Nora still has some of the greatest need for pedestrian infrastructure. A recent study maps Indianapolis’ missing pedestrian walkways (i.e., sidewalks and multi-use paths) and provides a tool to help identify where investment should be focused. It reveals the gaps in the pedestrian network and prioritizes each missing section based on proximity to destinations, population density, and demographic factors that may contribute to an area’s particular transit needs.
Note: The College Ave Trail from 86th St to 91st St, one of Indy’s highest ranked missing walkways, is nearing completion!
About the Map
Missing pedestrian walkway segments are color coded from low to high priority based on their proximity to available destinations, population density, and social indicators.
Using 2014 data of Indianapolis’ existing pedestrian network* as a reference (i.e., sidewalks and multi-use trails), missing walkway segments are mapped along primary and secondary arterial roads and collector streets that host major bus routes. The resulting map represent the gaps in the existing pedestrian network along the city’s main road corridors. Each missing walkway segment is then scored based its proximity to population density and social indicators (i.e., net social index concentrations). For example, segments shown in red (high priority) touch areas containing both high net population density and high scores for social indicators representing potential pedestrian infrastructure need, such as income, minority status, education, linguistic isolation, and age (2010 Census; 2013 ACS).
Additionally, missing walkway segments received scores for their proximity to 5- or 10-minute walk radius around destinations. Destinations include public libraries, college campuses, primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, museums, supermarkets, recreation facilities, greenways, parks, future Red Line bus rapid transit (BRT) stops, and city bus stops.
The scores for each segment are tallied and the results are used to rank the missing walkway segments from low to high in terms of their priority for future development.
Efforts are underway in Indianapolis to enhance walkability, as demonstrated by its recently adopted Complete Streets Ordinance and the Health By Design et.al. Indy WalkWays initiative. A large land area and limited budget require the City find tools and strategies to efficiently and effectively develop and maintain its infrastructure. This includes finding ways to prioritize the types of pedestrian infrastructure needed to enhance walkability, and the location of that infrastructure.
The map of Nora is part of a city-wide study of Indy’s Most Needed Pedestrian Walkways by Jill Saligoe-Simmel, Ph.D. Jill is a resident of Nora.
On September 26, 2015, the Nora Alliance held its first Nora 2021 meeting and collected dozens of comments on the community’s Liabilities, Assets, Needs and Desires (LAND). The top ten most cited ideas in each category were used to develop an online survey made available online throughout the month of October.
In all, 124 people responded to the online survey. The results, presented below, provide a ranking of community Assets, Liabilities, Needs and Desires. They will be used as input to planning future projects for Nora 2021. Comments to the survey were also gathered and will be used as input.
Great crosswalks send the message that people who walk are important.
Improving walkability doesn’t always have to mean significant infrastructure investment. An important part of a more walkable Nora is enhancing the pedestrian infrastructure that we already have. This includes maintaining crosswalks that allow pedestrians to safely and comfortably cross busy street traffic.
The Nora Alliance recently submitted a request to the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) for crosswalk maintenance. The request addresses immediate needs at 6 intersections in central Nora with high volume of pedestrians in substantial conflict with vehicular traffic. These are primarily existing crosswalks in need of paint marking maintenance and minor enhancements. Most are already signalized for pedestrians.
Monon Trail @ 86th St Crossing – Repainting the crosswalk for the Monon crossing at 86th St. This crosswalk is very heavily used. We request the width of the crosswalk be increased, if possible, to better accommodate the higher volume of people walking, riding bikes, skating, and wheelchairs often all crossing at the same time. Additionally, we request that new “piano key” (or diagonal) crosswalk lines be painted at the bank and shopping center parking lots ingress/egresses that crosses the trail.
86th St @ North Central High School – We request “piano key” style painting of the signalized crosswalks at 86th St (a main entrance to North Central HS), and adding crosswalk painting on the northside of 86th St.
Of course, maintaining existing crosswalks is just one piece of the bigger picture. Want a more walkable Nora? Join us on November 21 as we identify potential projects for the Nora community #NORA2021.
Construction is nearing completion on the College Avenue Trail! The project will provide a safe pedestrian off-street trail along this often congested section of College Avenue between 86th St. and 91st St. that currently has no sidewalks or shoulder.
Getting an off-street pedestrian trail or new sidewalks in a community can take years of hard work. Indeed, for the past 3- to 4- years several people in Nora have been advocating for an off-street trail along College Avenue between 86th Street and 91st Street. Some of the people spearheading the trail include George Robinson, former athletic director at First Baptist Church, Barry Wood, and members of Hope Church. It serves as an example of what community pro-active planning can achieve.
Early details on the project are provided by Benjamin Easley, Public Information Officer / Department of Public Works:
- The College Avenue Trail will be an off-street asphalt trail similar to the one on 91stStreet. The trail on 91st Street narrows down to a sidewalk at 91st/College
- There will be a crosswalk connection at the signal at 91st/College
- The College Ave trail will be on the west side of the road
- There will be pedestrian signals at 86th/College as well as 91st/College
Thanks to ReBuildIndy, DPW, and all the people involved in making this trail happen.
There is a community sidewalk dedication/celebration at First Baptist Church on November 22 at 11:30 – the public is welcome!
We kicked off the first NORA 2021 event with special guest acting Director of Metropolitan Development Department, City of Indianapolis, Brad Beaubien. Brad is an award-winning certified urban planner with a commitment to community service, a passion for vibrant communities, and a focus on community empowerment, planning and design policy, and plan integration.
Brad’s presentation (provided below) was the perfect set-up to the larger conversation of how we as a collective community can influence and shape the future of Nora.
Brad offered lots of insights into the management of this vast city of ours from a planning and physical space perspective, also providing a razor-sharp look at where shifts are taking place in demographics and market demand and how that relates to the physical characteristics of suburban communities like ours. He wrapped up by discussing some of the tools available for communities, showing us exactly who our competition is, and giving us a parting charge.
So What Do We Do?
Brad left us with the following food for thought as he described the challenges and tools available to preserve and enhance our community:
- City Government has very little funding for anything except maintenance. Our direct investment dollars are mostly limited to low and moderate income areas.
- Sidewalks are absolutely critical, but destinations to walk to are what make walkable communities.
- Private development is what builds neighborhoods and builds cities. Embrace it. Guide it. Leverage it.
- The only significant way City Government has to invest in neighborhood transformation is through value capture mechanisms like TIF.
- Put creative placemaking in everything you do. Suburbs were built to be the same. The future wants authentic.
- Economic Improvement Districts are the way to regain the local focus erased by Unigov.
Lastly, Brad left us with a parting charge as we consider the future for NORA 2021 and beyond:
- Value is created by demand, not supply.
- What the current and future market is demanding is changing.
- How can Nora evolve to respond to this change and grow its value?
Next Up: Placemaking
Your invited to join us at the next NORA 2021 Event, October 24, where we’ll focus on… placemaking!
At 7pm Thursday, October 1, 2015, the development called “Stonecrest” proposed for the southeast corner of 86th St and Meridian will be heard at the regularly scheduled public monthly meeting of the Nora-Northside Community Council, Inc. (NCC) Board of Directors. The meeting is in the Nora Library Auditorium.
This is a high profile proposal because the site at 86th Street and Meridian is an important gateway to Nora and the City. The site is designated as a “critical area” in the current comprehensive plan.
2015-ZON-059: Southeast corner of Meridian St. and 86th St. Stonecrest Senior Living seeks rezoning of 4.78 acres from the D-1 district to the D-P classification to provide for an assisted living facility with 30 memory care units, 55 assisted living units.
Many thanks to the crowd that gathered on Saturday morning at the Dean Evans Community & Education Center (WTSC) on Woodfield Crossing and 86th to discuss the future of the Nora community. We hope you came away feeling more informed, engaged and enthusiastic about the future of Nora within the city of Indianapolis. Thanks also to Washington Township Schools, Whole Foods and Brad Beaubien, for their gracious contributions.
The morning’s speaker, acting Director of City Planning, Brad Beaubien, was the perfect set-up to the larger conversation of how we as a collective community can influence and shape the future of Nora. See his full presentation here. Brad offered lots of insights into the management of this vast city of ours from a planning and physical space perspective, also providing a razor-sharp look at where shifts are taking place in demographics and market demand and how that relates to the physical characteristics of suburban communities like ours.
NORA 2021 is community-led planning focused on Nora’s future, and Brad gave us perspective to “play where the puck is going.”
The second half of the meeting participants provided fast-paced input to a community Liabilities, Assets, Needs and Desires (LAND) assessment. Click here to view the uncondensed list of ideas from the Sept 26 event.
On September 26th, a crowd that gathered at the Dean Evans Center (WTSC) on Woodfield Crossing and 86th Street to discuss the future of the Nora community. NORA 2021 is community-led planning focused on Nora’s future. The morning’s speaker, acting Director of City Planning, Brad Beaubien, was the perfect set-up to the larger conversation of how we as a collective community can influence and shape the future of Nora (view Brad’s presentation).
Nora Community Priorities Survey
The second half of the meeting participants provided fast-paced input to a community Liabilities, Assets, Needs and Desires (LAND) assessment. That input will feed the planning process and is provided below.
We want to know your priorities! Please click the button below and provide YOUR FEEDBACK (a brief survey of 4 questions).
THIS SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED. VIEW THE RESULTS.
Summary and Tally of All Responses
We collected and recorded every comment submitted on colored index cards during our group exercise, a Liabilities, Assets, Needs and Desires (LAND) analysis. On the asset side of the ledger, many comments revolved around the great neighborhoods and the amenity of the Monon Trail. On a related note, many of the desires centered on connecting those neighborhoods in a safe manner to one another and to the trail and capitalizing on the trail with more focused, ‘trail-oriented’ development as seen in some recent projects.
|Liabilities -weaknesses within the community, and within the context of the City and region, that we should remain aware of and mitigate as possible|
86th (and Westfield, College at times) clogged, unsafe
Aging and subpar apartment stock.
Weak sense of community across cultural, generational lines
Limited pedestrian-friendly areas
Lack of an understood ‘center’ or ‘focus’
History of favor toward strip mall format of development
Lack of identity
Lack of control or input over development
Poor infrastructure: sewers, streets, noise abatement, streetlights, street, street services
|Assets – the individuals, associations, and institutions in our community, as well as its physical characteristics–the land, buildings and infrastructure upon which the community rests|
St. Vincent Hospital, IU North: proximity
465 proximity and accessibility by car to highway system
Target (not Walmart)
Jordan Y, FBA Athletics, et al.
Cultural, generational diversity
Washington Township Schools
Neighborhood character defined by mature trees
Shopping nearby; grocery choices
|Needs – gaps in our human capital, as well as the physical the land, buildings and infrastructure upon which the community rests.|
Identity, branding, placemaking
Walkable streets, crosswalks and parking lots
Center or focus of village
Access to Monon from neighborhoods/Connectivity
Developers who will maintain, build value
Public areas, parks
Efficient alternate transportation options
Basic services: noise, sewers, streetlights. Attention from city
Integration of diverse population into fabric of community life
|Desires – our aspirations as individuals, associations and institutions in our community. A positive statement of things you envision for your community.|
Safe, efficient connections to Monon Trail; especially 91st St.
Improved infrastructure: sound(465), sewer, streets and sidewalks.
Public gathering place or center
Passable 86th St for foot and bike traffic
Improved transportation options
Reimagined retail – less strip, chain-based stand-alones (switch: form-based code)
Big, identifiable Nora event
Strong, positive, open neighborhood groups
Parks, preservation, conservation
Strong identity as a place of Indy’s future
|Car-centric design of Keystone Crossing. Keystone Ave “wall” only passable by car.|
|Limited interaction between the diversity that exists. (Overwhelmingly caucasian at community meetings).|
|Public transit could be more integrated into landscape.|
|Slim on public park land.|
|Lack of proactive planning|
|Traffic on 86th St.|
|Lack of specialty shops|
|Too many fast food joints|
|Not walkable enough|
|Long term residents|
|Elementary school not as desirable as it was at one time|
|Crowed streets: 86th, Westfield|
|Large number of apartments, not desirable for home values|
|Too many apartments, some of which are not well maintained|
|9 large complexes between Westfield and College (91st to 96th)|
|No type of housing like zero lot lines i.e. Walden Pond at 99th St. and Westfield|
|Lack of sidewalks|
|Not enough parkland, greenspace|
|traffic on 86th St.|
|traffic on Westfield, 91st|
|real sense of community is lacking|
|conflict in development and building plans between city and residents|
|lack of sidewalks|
|lack of city services: water, sewer, street lights|
|poor traffic planning, streets, signals|
|noise from interstate|
|walkability – sidewalks|
|schools, tipped over to|
|lack of alternative transportation options|
|negative & ignorant attitudes toward immigrants, refugees (reference: many success stories)|
|lack of sidewalks, bikability, walkabiltiy|
|ineffective public transit|
|lack of sidewalks|
|lack of center|
|walkability and bikability|
|traffic on 86th St.|
|strip mall format|
|crosswalks on 86th|
|lack of ability to direct the form of commercial development|
|lack of identity|
|lack of physical space|
|lack of ped infrastructure|
|too much rental density, too little home density|
|lack of leadership|
|no one to engage city, developers|
|growth limitations due to age, size|
|strip mall aspect|
|declining school performance|
|glut of apartments|
|condition of roads, streets|
|run down apartments|
|No center attraction other than a strip mall|
|minimal street lighting|
|lower standards in schools teaching to lowest common denominator (ESL students)|
|land availability for new growth|
|lack of walkability south of 86th(nora)|
|lack of parks|
|apartments too prominent|
|strip mall format|
|lack of city center|
|Traffic on 86th St. (good for my business)|
|Proximity of St. Vincent|
|86th St. corridor|
|the foundation of a heart of nora (high probability of success)|
|Economic power: income|
|restaurants and businesses|
|Ease of commute|
|character of homes|
|target plus local shops|
|character, not cookie-cutter|
|medical access: Meridian + St V|
|Some unique retail|
|Target instead of Wal Mart|
|Proximity to 465|
|First Baptist Athletics, Dynamo|
|Local business, retail|
|Vibrant, engaged neighborhoods|
|Cultural, generational diversity|
|trees and neighborhood character|
|increasing restaurant options|
|accessibililty to Indpls and suburbs|
|accessibility north and south by bike on Monon|
|diversity of housing stock|
|sidewalk on 86th St.|
|diversity of neighborhoods, ages|
|Proximity of restaurant options|
|Wash Twp Schools|
|Location, proximity to shopping, dining|
|trees and wildlife (ecotherapy)|
|proximity to downtown and interstate|
|close to, but removed from highway|
|Hospitals close by|
|Variety of industries|
|Reasonable retail/business base|
|NCC, Nora Alliance|
|Convenient to 465|
|long term residents|
|shopping nearby; keystone at the crossing|
|private and public schools|
|homes often in wooded areas, large lots|
|good home value|
|close to everything|
|First Baptist sports|
|abundance off grocery options|
|Fashion mall, commons|
|Plenty of grocery options|
|Lots of housing options|
|active community involvement|
|single family homes|
|quick stop shopping|
|Access to Monon Trail (from neighborhoods)|
|Soundproof wall on 465|
|ability to walk across 86th|
|traffic on 86th|
|promotion of hidden jewel that is Nora|
|Additional school (charter or cfi)|
|Developers who will maintain or create value|
|Better traffic flow|
|city water, sewers|
|flood abatement in n’hoods next to 465|
|public areas: parks and other spaces|
|improvements in alternative transportation|
|sidewalks and crosswalks|
|sidewalks, streetlights, city water and sewer across the board|
|improved traffic flow on 86th|
|noise reduction from i465|
|improved drainage from i465|
|need improved stoplights on 86th/haverstick|
|footwalk to monon from neighborhoods (91st/Haverstick)|
|more effective partnership w city|
|plan for streets and infrastructure|
|guided development of residential and commercial|
|defined plan of physical environment e.g. where should the apartments be|
|Identity, branding, placemaking|
|definitions of acceptable levels of rental density|
|maintenance of high quality schools|
|maintenance of our existing infrastructure/Monon|
|safe pedestrian access on thoroughfares|
|reliable city services|
|better traffic flow|
|better walking access to points of interest|
|walkability, safety – (along 91st St.)|
|infrastructure (sewer, updated power)|
|connectivity between neighborhoods|
|refugee population integration|
|refugee population integration|
|need to have feeling of safety|
|91st St for ‘local only’|
|Monon trail – haverstick to westfield|
|fewer lights, more roundabouts|
|crosswalk for NC|
|no more retail business development between Keystone and Westfield Blvd (northside of 86th)|
|community center/hub focused place for community functions|
|sound barrier from 465|
|public transportation improvements|
|better communication (newspaper?); what’s going on at the Y, St Lukes, WTSC?|
|guided, cooperative development|
|small homes (like walden) (96th behind Sherwood Forest, 86th and Haverstick)|
|monon overpass on 86th|
|form based code (as opposed to zoning code by use)|
|identifiable event as “Nora” event|
|Strong neighborhood groups that are open and positive|
|preserve and encourage economic diversity|
|access to monon trail from neighborhoods|
|non-commercial civic plaza|
|sidewalk connectivity – library to North Central; n’hoods to trail|
|development that is pedestrian oriented; oriented toward trail|
|redevelopment of nora center (Marsh)|
|public transit downtown – improved|
|fewer chains; more local/unique businesses|
|parks for children|
|more complete infrastructure|
|a gathering place|
|community events and space|
|more culturally inclusive events|
|better inter-city transit|