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The Old Northside Land Use Committee

The Old Northside Neighborhood Association created a Land Use Committee (LUC) to review all Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness or Authorization within the neighborhood which require an IHPC hearing.  

After an applicant files with IHPC, the LUC reviews the filing and discusses the perspectives of the applicant, neighbors, and The Old Northside. When this process is complete, a recommendation is forwarded to the Old Northside Neighborhood Association Board of Directors to determine its course of action. 

IHPC applicants are encouraged to meet with the LUC before submitting an application to IHPC. This allows the LUC to assist applicants and facilitate the process.

Anyone interested in meeting with the Land Use Committee should contact Brian Rule, LUC Chair, for additional information.

Land Use Committee Meetings and Membership

The Old Northside LUC typically meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church (1559 Central Avenue). All are invited to attend, and any member of The Old Northside Neighborhood Association is welcome to serve on the committee.

IHPC - COAs - Applications to be heard

Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission - Proposals 

* Please note that these properties are OUTSIDE of the ONS as well as OUTSIDE the IHPC district.

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About IHPC

In 1967, the Indiana General Assembly enacted IC 36-7-11.1, establishing and empowering the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission to preserve the character and fabric of historically significant areas and structures for all present and future citizens of Marion County, Indiana. IHPC accomplishes this task by protecting areas through local designation and technical assistance on restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures or areas.

IHPC is a nine-member, mayoral-appointed board with design and zoning review jurisdiction over the locally designated historic and conservation districts. Since 1976, IHPC has had a professional staff that functions as a division of the Department of Metropolitan Development of the City of Indianapolis. IHPC provides design and zoning review and approval for locally designated historic districts, conservation areas, and individually designated properties. IHPC holds monthly public hearings to issue Certificates of Appropriateness (COA), Rezonings, and Variances for work to be done in historic areas. The Commission usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in Room 120 of the City-County Building (200 E. Washington Street).

IHPC staff is available to the public to provide technical information about the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Staff members can also provide design assistance and information about properties in Indianapolis historic districts and throughout Marion County.


The Old Northside Historic Preservation Plan

All property in The Old Northside must be developed and maintained in accordance with The ONS Historic Preservation Plan. (22MB.pdf)

Printed copies are available for $20.00 from the ONSNA Treasurer.

Historic Preservation

In 1978, The Old Northside was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district. Soon after, the City of Indianapolis adopted The Old Northside Historic Preservation Plan which serves as the basis for the legal designation of The Old Northside as an "historic area of Indianapolis-Marion County," and gives the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission authority to exercise "historic area review" over all design, demolition, and exterior appearance changes happening in the area.


What This Means 
  • All property in The Old Northside must be developed and maintained in accordance with its Historic Preservation Plan.
  • IHPC guidelines govern the exterior appearance of all properties in The Old Northside, regardless of age, including colors, building materials, and landscaping. 
  • All exterior modifications must be sensitive to the historical nature of the area and be approved by IHPC before work commences, or fines and penalties may be assessed. 
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