Dear Members of INASLA,
Two issues of public importance have arisen in recent weeks that the Executive Committee of INASLA has acted upon. In both cases, a letter of support has been written on behalf of the chapter. Information about both issues is being provided to you. You are welcome and encouraged, as an individual, as a landscape architect, as a business owner, or as however you'd like to present yourself, to communicate your feelings as well in the form of a letter, email, etc.
Terrestrial Invasive Plant Rule
After years in development, a rule has been drafted by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) that would ban the sale in Indiana of highly invasive plants (as identified by the Indiana Invasive Plant Advisory Committee and submitted to the Indiana Invasive Species Council). The rule has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review. Unfortunately, it has been "stuck" there for an extensive period of time - too long of a period of time. INASLA has sent a letter to Governor Holcomb encouraging him to see that this rule is
"unstuck" and moved forward. You are encouraged to do the same. Talking points for a letter of support of the rule are attached along with a copy of the letter already submitted by INASLA leadership.
Rethink 65/70 Coalition
INDOT has released plans for improvements to Interstates 65 and 70 as they pass through downtown Indianapolis. This includes the northeast split. Their plans essentially widen the existing highways. While not disputing that improvements are necessary, the Rethink 65/70 Coalition is asking that alternative plans be considered. The Coalition sees this as an incredible opportunity to create something that enhances the city while still meeting transportation needs. Other cities facing similar challenges have found thoughtful solutions that Indianapolis can emulate. INASLA has joined the Rethink 65/70 Coalition which also includes AIA Indianapolis, Indiana Landmarks, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Downtown Indy and a variety of city neighborhoods, businesses, organizations, citizens and civic leaders. You are encouraged to contact Mayor Hogsett, Governor Holcomb, Indianapolis City Councilors, and Indiana State Legislators expressing your support of the Coalition. Attached is information that will assist in letter writing. Please visit the Coalition website at www.rethink65-70.org.
Working on your behalf,
The Executive Committee of INASLA