What topics will the comprehensive plan address?

The comprehensive plan will cover topics such as economic development, land use, infrastructure, natural resources/environment, quality of life and housing.

What timeframe are we planning for?

The plan will look out 10-20 years.

Are there legal requirements for a comprehensive plan?

Yes, it is governed by Indiana Code 36-7-4.  The plan must contain a statement of objectives on future development, a statement of policy for land use development, and a statement of policy for the development of public ways, public places, public lands, public structure and public utilities.  The statute also provides a community the option of including more components in the plan to address unique local concerns.

Is there a difference between zoning and a comprehensive plan?

Yes.  The comprehensive plan is a policy document, but it is not binding.  It is enforced through the adoption or amendment of local development ordinances (such as zoning and subdivision ordinances).

Is a comprehensive plan only about managing growth?

No.  Even if a community is not growing, it still needs to manage the changes that happen over time.  Without a clear plan, change is managed with piecemeal decisions that are not always in the community’s long term best interests.

How is the planning work being funded?

The plan is being funded by a $40,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.  The City is providing a 10% local match.

Who approves the plan?

The plan will be presented to the Plan Commission for their review.  The Plan Commission needs to recommend approval of the plan to the City Council.  Final plan approval is by the City Council