Land Use Plan Update Process

Planning Process

The planning process began in late 2016 and is expected to be complete in 2018 and is designed to allow residents to engage in the element or elements of the process they are most interested in through both organized, in-person events as well as online, at-your-convenience options.  While different than previous efforts, the process will increase the quantity, quality, and representativeness of engagement.

Values Phase:  Values are the guiding principles that inform the entire planning process.

  • Bicentennial Planning Process:  The Plan 2020 Bicentennial Planning process resulted in creation of the Comprehensive Plan’s vision and values element, the Bicentennial Agenda.  The Agenda lays out four core values that all other elements of the Comp Plan, including this Land Use Plan, are charged with implementing.  Learn more about these core values.
  • 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.

Pattern Book Phase:  The unified land use classification system that will be applied during the mapping phase of this process as well as any future land use or specific area plans in Marion County.  Learn more and download the Pattern Book.

  • Technical Review:  A two-week peer review from a technical expertise perspective was held with environmental, community development, public health, and city planning professionals.
  • Public Review:  An open, online and interactive three-week public review was held on DMD’s CiviComment platform before adoption of the document by the Metropolitan Development Commission on November 15, 2017.

Public Education Phase: A long-term and in-depth investment in resident capacity to engage in the planning process and be stronger advocates for their neighborhoods.

  • People’s Planning Academy: Developed in partnership with the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and offered in-person and on Channel 16 during October and November 2017 and online until the beginning of the Stakeholder Committee process in 2018, the free Academy provides training on planning and zoning, how planning addresses the four core values of health, resiliency, inclusion, and competitiveness, and on the Land Use Pattern Book.  Learn more and sign up to participate in the Academy.
  • Advisory Committees Statutory-required township-based Citizens Advisory Committee members are appointed by the Mayor, City-County Council, Metropolitan Development Commission, and Township Boards.

Mapping Phase:  Development of the actual Marion County Land Use Plan that maps the Pattern Book classifications to actual geographies in Marion County.

  • Public Engagement
    • Online:  Primary public participation will occur through an online mapping system, allowing all residents the ability to see the land use maps as they evolve and provide critical input into the process at their convenience
    • Remote Offices:  City planners will hold scheduled daytime and evening office hours at several locations across Marion County, allowing for personal interaction of the public with city planners.
    • Public Meetings:  Open public meetings will occur throughout Marion County.
  • Stakeholder Committee:  Graduates of the open People’s Planning Academy as well as appointed members of township Citizen Advisory Committees will participate in mapping review sessions with city planners.

Review Phase:  When the maps are all complete, a final review phase brings it all together.

  • Exhibition on City Planning: An exciting partnership with the arts community, the Exhibition on City Planning will take advantage of a “First Friday” Gallery Tour on October 5, 2018 at the Harrison Center, 1505 N Delaware Street from 6pm-9pm.  The Exhibition event will cover the past, present, and future of planning in Indianapolis and feature artistic interpretations of key planning issues.  Other major city planning initiatives will also be present for input.
  • Online Review:  The Exhibition will culminate a final online public review and comment period.