WHAT IS THE PLAN?
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FORWARD Kosciusko County will serve as the County’s comprehensive plan and will include detailed information and recommendations on local and county-wide land use, government and fiscal capacity, public utilities, facilities and services, placemaking, housing, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, parks and recreation, trails, and downtown revitalization.
A comprehensive plan is a guidance document for local staff and leaders
to reference when making decisions about the growth and development of
the community. In its simplest form, the primary purpose of the plan is to outline a community-wide vision that looks 10 – 20 years into the future. Indiana Code (Series 500 Title 36-7-4) encourages cities, towns, and counties to adopt a comprehensive plan that includes three key elements:
A statement of objectives for the future development of the jurisdiction;
A statement of policy for the land use development of the jurisdiction; and
A statement of policy for the development of public rights of ways, public places, public lands, public structures, and public utilities.
Aside from the elements specified in the Indiana Code, the organization of a
comprehensive plan can take many forms based on the needs of the community.
The final FORWARD Kosciusko County document will be comprehensive both in
scale and scope, with recommendations for the entire County, and all incorporated communities for land use, housing, economic development, transportation (vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle), utilities, parks and recreation, community facilities, health and wellness initiatives, placemaking components and implementation.
What it is.
A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IS...
An official policy statement for private development projects and community investment.
A vision for the future.
The foundation for land use decisions.
What it is not.
A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IS NOT...
A legally binding and enforceable document.
A solution for all problems within the county.
A rezoning of any property.
COUNTY LEADERS AND STAFF
USE THE PLAN?
County leaders and staff, especially members of the County Area Plan Commission, should use the Plan to guide land use decisions, prioritize capital improvement projects and programs, and
pursue funding to assist in implementation.
LOCAL LEADERS AND STAFF
USE THE PLAN?
Local leaders and staff, should use the Plan to guide land use decisions in partnership with the Area Plan Commission (or other local agency), prioritize capital improvement projects and programs, and pursue funding to assist in implementation.
ORGANIZATIONS AND BUSINESSES
USE THE PLAN?
Local community organizations, non-profit groups and businesses might use this document to understand the development policies and priorities, identify
areas for development, and/ or review the current and future population, employment, and market trends.