Summary of the Lawrence Village at the Fort Master Plan

Lawrence Village at the Fort is Designed as Three Districts.


Historic District

  • Would be a great location for residential & live/work office environments
  • Buildings along Birtz should be brought to street edge
  • Building heights along Birtz should not exceed four stories
  • Parking should be in the rear
  • Shared parking should be considered for Historic District and Mule Barn area.
  • On-street parking should be under the control of a Business Improvement District, FHRA, or umbrella organization
  • Should consider parking and automobile reduction incentives such as permit parking, on-street meters (with revenue returned to the community), homeowners association car pools, and opportunity for home owners to “lease” unused parking spaces
  • The intersection of Otis Ave. and Post Rd. is critical for a gateway.
  • Area surrounding the ravine presents an excellent location for town homes which would overlook the park-like setting

Lawrence Village Center District

  • 56th Street has 22,000 – 25,000 cars/trucks traveling on it daily
  • In its current state as a “highway-like” thoroughfare, 56th St. will not support the Village’s desire for a walkable community
  • The master plan requires a strong streetscape and signage system on 56th Street to both slow traffic and direct users inward toward the development area.
  • Along 56th Street buildings should not exceed five stories in height.
  • Building along the Civic Plaza should not exceed seven stories in height.
  • Urban residential in this district should not exceed four stories in height.

College Park District

  • Includes Ivy Tech and the YMCA
  • Long-term, the plan shows St. Mary’s Child Center staying at the Fort, yet not in their current facility.
  • Could be a possible area in which to relocate St. Mary’s Child Center
  • Would be a great area for a neighborhood park, which could also be a small amphitheatre in a park-like setting
  • Preferred land use includes residential apartments, townhomes and/or condos.
  • Area west of Benjamin Court Apts calls for a “flex” learning building which could be for Ivy Tech support, child care and other learning uses.
  • The flex building height should not exceed eight stories.
  • Buildings surrounding the neighborhood park should not exceed eight stories.
  • Building height for urban residential townhomes in this district should not exceed four stories.

Summary Information

  • Each interior street should be “multi-modal” in nature, accommodating automobiles, bicycles, walking and utilities.
  • The corner of 56th St and Post at DFAS is an underutilized corner. Understanding security concerns, there exists opportunities for park spacek, development or public art elements.
  • As the success of the Lawrence Village Center evolves, the potential for redevelopment and infill in the area of the southwest corner of the property is possible and should follow a similar urban design.
  • The area where Primo is should be utilized as a well-designed area for an entertainment complex or larger retailer.

A Planned Urban Development (PUD) is a Legal Document Outlining All Covenants and Standards.


General Site Planning Standards

  • A suburban-style approach to development places parking in front of buildings, detaching building edges from public streets.
  • The primary role of parking, though, will be to the rear or sides of buildings.

Drainage & Erosion Standards

  • Because much of the Village area drains through the state park and into Fall Creek, the drainage plan calls for certain controls which we look at as an opportunity to implement value-added “water features.”
  • The master plan calls for standards to ensure that the proposed development can coexist with the park.
  • Examples of features for drainage and erosion include rain gardens, green roofs, bio-swales, and porous pavement surfaces.

Utilities Standards

  • The master plan calls for utilities beneath the surface, hidden from view or at the back of buildings.
  • “Green” utility solutions are encouraged such as solar panels, localized wind turbines and other sustainable utilities.

Lighting Standards

  • The master plan calls for lighting that is designed for safety, functionality, and environment enhancements.
  • Standard street lights are the same ones currently used throughout the Fort.
  • Lighting should always be pointed downward.
  • Signs with lighted interiors shall have a dark background.
  • Signs without interior lighting shall be lit from the top down.

Parking and Loading: Off Street Standards

  • Two parking spaces are required for each residential unit of two bedrooms or more.
  • One parking space is required for each residential unit of one bedroom or less.
  • One public bicycle space is required for every five residential units.
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of five parking spaces are required for each 1,000 square feet of non-residential building.
  • Five public bicycle spaces are required for every 100 automobiles parking spaces in non-residential projects.
  • All off-street parking spaces must meet ADA and City requirements for quantity, quality and location.

Parking Lot Standards

  • Landscaped areas are required within parking lots in order to minimize heat island effect, reduce surface runoff, and improve site appearance.
  • The area of landscaping required is based on the total number of parking spaces provided and type of parking surface used.
  • To encourage carpooling, a minimum of one carpool space or 5% of the total provided parking spaces shall be provided and shall be located closest to the main entrance of the building.
  • At least one of the following items is strongly encouraged to be used in the off-street parking lot: porous pavement, natural drainage swale, rain garden.
  • To reduce glare and prevent light trespass onto streets and adjacent properties, all lighting shall be fully shielded with opaque material.

Service Area Standards

  • Solid waste facilities (dumpsters), recycling facilities and loading docks shall be placed at the rear or side of buildings away from public view.
  • Screening is required to prevent direct views of these areas.
  • It is the responsibility of the owner or owner’s association to ensure that no garbage overflows the containers.
  • Every development project must have access to a central recycling receptacle.
  • Consolidation of service areas is encouraged as long as it doesn’t exceed 450 from each user.
  • Loading and unloading is encouraged during low pedestrian activity periods.
  • ATM’s within the village (not on 56th Street) must be walk up only unless attached to primary buildings.
  • Storage or sale of personal equipment or vehicles is not allowed unless approved by the ARC.

Landscape Standards

  • Prior to any development a full tree inventory must be conducted and submitted with the site plan for review by the ARC.
  • Where reasonable, healthy trees on-site should not be removed.
  • All areas of a development not occupied by buildings, parking, or other improvements shall be intensively planted with trees, shrubs, group cover and/or turf.
  • All landscape materials must be selected from a list of plant materials on file with the FHRA.
  • There are strict standards for building landscaping at the base of buildings. Window boxes, planters and hanging baskets are encouraged in areas where landscaping can’t be installed because of proximity to a street or parking lot.
  • Landscape lighting can be pointed up as long as care is taken to ensure lighting is shielded.
  • It is recommended that lighting to be off from 12 midnight through 6 a.m.

Signage Standards

  • All signage is subject to review by the ARC.
  • Wayfinding and general street signage for the overall development is the responsibility of the FHRA.
  • Pylon or large pole signs are not permitted in the Village.
  • Billboard signs are not permitted in the Village.
  • Political and real estate signs are allowed with restrictions.