Land Use Plan



2016 Land Use Plan Update: Countywide Update
The full update to the countywide Comprehensive Land Use Plan is beginning in November of 2016. Stay tuned and be sure to sign up to join the Plan 2020 email list (below) to receive updates!

2015 Land Use Plan Update: TOD Strategic Plan
The 2015 update was the adoption of the Red Line Transit Oriented Development (TOD)Strategic Plan. Download the plan.

The Marion County Land Use Plan is one element of the Comprehensive Plan for Indianapolis and Marion County.  The update of the Land Use Plan is part of the broader Plan 2020 Initiative and is guided by the Plan 2020 Bicentennial Agenda.  The plan is required by state statute as a basis for zoning and must include objectives and policies for future land use development.  It is a policy document, not law, designed to promote the orderly development and redevelopment of the county.

Planning Process

The planning process is expected to take 14 to 18 months beginning in late 2016, although this timeline is flexible.

Key elements of the process include:

  • Listening Sessions:  Between December 2016 and April 2017, listening sessions were conducted by Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocates at existing meetings of registered community organizations and by DMD staff for organizational partners representing voices typically under-represented in planning processes.  Online participation was also offered.  Learn more about the listening sessions.
  • Land Use Guidelines Design:  A technical phase where city planners develop the classification system, known as the Land Use Pattern Book, by which we’ll define land use categories, based on values coming from the Bicentennial Agenda and the Listening Sessions.
  • People’s Planning Academy: A series of workshops providing participants the necessary skillset to become resident planners and participate in the land use mapping phase of the plan process.
  • Land Use Mapping: Application of the land use guidelines to maps by graduates of the People’s Planning Academy, resulting in maps of land uses that guide what types of development are desired in different types of locations.
  • Public Review:  A traditional public review of the final land use map and supporting document.