Planning is essential in order for a community to define a collective vision for the future. The purpose of a comprehensive planning process is to:
- Review and evaluate existing conditions
- Establish a collective vision
- Identify clear goals and objectives for achieving that vision.
What is a comprehensive plan?
A comprehensive plan is a guidance document, used by elected officials and community leaders, to create a long term vision for the community and to inform land use, infrastructure and other community development decisions.
What topics will the comprehensive plan address?
The comprehensive plan will cover a wide range of topics including but not limited to:
- land use
- transportation and circulation
- municipal services
- parks, open space, and recreation
- economic development
What timeframe are we planning for?
The plan will look out 5 to 10 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 policy statement for land use development, and a policy statement 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.
Who approves the plan?
The plan will be presented to the Whitestown Plan Commission for their review. The Plan Commission needs to recommend approval of the plan to the Whitestown Town Council. Final plan approval is by the Town Council.
How can I participate in the process?
Community input is an integral part of any good planning process. Public input opportunities are listed in the Public Input section.