Zionsville - A Quick Historical Overview
Located in the Eagle Creek valley of southeastern Boone County, the Town of Zionsville, Indiana was officially established in November of 1851.
Originally a stop on the railroad line, Zionsville grew throughout the 1900s into a feeder suburb of Indianapolis yet maintained its charming village atmosphere. Zionsville is one of the last towns in Indiana to have preserved its signature brick Main Street which also maintains its shops in original 1880s buildings.
For the past decades, Zionsville has been known as a desirable location for families due to its excellent school system, abundance of community activities & events and commitment to preserving its unique quality of life.
In 2007, Zionsville population has 10, 242 residents with an average household income of $89,630 (Indiana average is $47,448), one of the highest in Indiana.
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Zionsville Comprehensive Plan
The Zionsville 2020 Comprehensive Plan is an important and vital planning tool that our town has adopted to guide the growth and development of the Town of Zionsville, setting the vision for the Town for the next twenty years.
The Comprehensive Plan represents a guidebook for directing future growth in our community in the coming years.
Important components of the Town of Zionsville, its land use; essential services; transportation, and parks, are melded into a single, interlocking strategy to address the challenges facing the community and to build upon its many unique assets
To read the Zionsville Comprehensive Plan,
Zionsville Consolidation Expands Town Limits
As of January 2, 2010, Zionsville has grown to around 50 square miles (130 km2) when its government consolidated with Eagle Township and Union Township of Boone County.
Voters in the three areas passed a referendum Nov. 4, 2008 to institute the Plan of Government Reorganization. The town shares the Zionsville Community Schools district with the townships.
In May 2007, the legislative bodies of the three areas authorized a nine-member committee to craft a government plan in accordance with the Government Modernization Act (Ind. Code 36-1.5), which was enacted by the Indiana General Assembly in 2006. The entities sought a new government in southeastern Boone County for two reasons: 1) to lock in a border around Zionsville and the townships to prevent annexation from outside communities; 2) to gain control over land development planning and zoning from the Boone County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals.
The plan affects the structure of the Zionsville Plan Commission, Zionsville Board of Zoning Appeals and the Zionsville Town Council. The town council, specifically, will increase from five members to seven members.
Although the entire 50+ square-mile (130 km2) area will become incorporated Zionsville, residents will fall under two distinct taxation/service districts — urban and rural.
The urban district (the current Town of Zionsville) will maintain its Zionsville Police Department protection, as well as other municipal services like road maintenance.
The rural district (the current Eagle and Union township residents in unincorporated Zionsville) will continue to receive police protection from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, and will maintain all current services. Every two years, a panel will determine whether a property in the rural district shall be absorbed into the urban district.
The Eagle Township Advisory Board and Union Township Advisory Board will dissolve when the plan or reorganization goes into effect, and the Zionsville Town Council will take over the services they provide — like cemetery upkeep and resident assistance.
Zionsville, Indiana is the first significant Indiana town to use the Government Modernization Act to restructure its government.
To review the Zionsville Plan of Reorganization,
Zionsville Boundary Map