Fayette County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan was last updated in 1969, when Richard Nixon was president and gas cost 35 cents a gallon.
Of the many changes (and price increases) since then, one that’s had the biggest impact on land use planning in Fayette County is population size. Forty-two years ago, there were projections that the county would grow to 30,000 people. Plans were made accordingly, but that growth did not occur.
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Although past predications turned out to be faulty, this question remains: Is Fayette County more likely to achieve its goals and its residents to prosper with or without a plan for the future?
With this thought in mind, elected leaders gathered a committee together to update the Fayette County Comprehensive Land
Use Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
The final comprehensive plan includes:
- Topic chapters include quality of life, land use, economic development, housing, natural resources, utilities, transportation, and critical sub areas. The chapters are mostly self-contained examinations of specific issues. They include research, strategies and recommendations. Besides making the reader well versed in the topic, they outline years of projects for tackling problems.
- Tips for plan commissioners, county officials, developers, and citizens. The final plan spells out the community’s preferred future; where it wants to extend infrastructure and where it wants housing, industrial and commercial development.
- An Implementation Plan that provides a step-by-step guide to working toward the plan’s goals.