A comprehensive plan update for a county rich in agricultural assets, with new throughfare plan and economic development strategies

CLIENT: Hancock County, Indiana

DATES: 2022-2023

NEED: Hancock County, Indiana was interested in creating a new comprehensive plan and economic development strategy that would recognize agriculture as a foundational asset in the county, and create more opportunities for the community. 

With extensive agricultural areas in the county zoned for a different use following the adoption of the last comprehensive plan, the new plan would aim to to consider rezoning only as it’s proposed by property owners and developers prior to actual development. The new comprehensive plan would also include a thoroughfare plan and economic development strategy.

The updated plan culminates a $250,000 effort over a year in the making guided by Vandewalle & Associates, local steering committee and public feedback. At over 200 pages, officials will use the document to help guide development over the next 20 years. It would replace the county’s current plan, which has been in place since 2005 and had an in-house update in 2012. 

RESULTS: The Hancock County Area Plan Commission voted unanimously to give the county’s new comprehensive plan a favorable recommendation for adoption by Hancock County Commissioners, Shirley Town Council and Spring Lake Town Council.