North Vernon Comprehensive Plan

The City of North Vernon

North Vernon is a city of approximately 6,700 people in Jennings County, Indiana. In 2009 the city completed a comprehensive land use plan that focused on preparing land for industrial growth, capitalizing on the planned SR 50 bypass, restoring downtown, and integrating the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) into the local economy.

Project Overview and Schedule

DG and Hannum, Wagle & Cline Engineering assisted the city with the creation of an achievable comprehensive plan that addressed the community’s top priorities.

Mayor Harold “Soup” Campbell and Kathy Ertel, Executive Director of the Jennings County Economic Development Commission, oversaw the planning process that included extensive community input and outreach to potential collaborators such as MUTC.

Throughout the process the committee met with the consultants to review preliminary research and provide local input.

The consulting team made numerous site visits to assess buildings and sites, interview retailers and visualize new public spaces. Other research included interviews with defense and military professionals, elected officials and building owners.

A public workshop was held to present preliminary ideas and gather local suggestions.
The North Vernon Comprehensive Plan was adopted in November 2009 and used as the foundation of the city’s winning application for Indiana’s new Stellar Communities program.

Work has already begun on the projects that will be funded through this three-year grant program. More information about North Vernon’s Stellar Communities projects can be found on their website:

Project Features

  • A house in the Irish Hill Neighborhood celebrates North Vernon’s Stellar Communities projects. Ground breaking in this neighborhood is expected to occur in late September 2011.
  • This map shows the land use within the Irish Hill Subdivision critical sub area that is now among the city’s Stellar Communities projects.