Monroe County is in the process of selecting a consultant to overhaul the county's zoning code.
At their Dec. 18 work session, Monroe County Commissioners heard from Larry Wilson, the county's planning director. He said that staff and the county Plan Commission recommended hiring Clarion Associates for the new County Development Ordinance (CDO).
Clarion recently did the City of Bloomington's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The firm also has done work for Indianapolis/Marion County, Fort Wayne/Allen County, and hundreds of other communities nationwide.
Wilson said that $105,000 remained from the previous CDO appropriation. The county previously hired Calfee Zoning, but that firm was unable to complete the project and reached a settlement with the county to end their contract.
Commissioner Julie Thomas, who also serves on the county Plan Commission, said she preferred the other finalist, Clearzoning, because she thought their writing was clearer. "But I'm happy to go with the majority of my colleagues," she added.
Wilson reported that Clearzoning, which is based in Michigan, had no experience with projects in Indiana, and would need to learn Indiana statutory requirements.
The three-member Monroe County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the contract at their Jan. 8 meeting. The seven-member County Council would then be asked to appropriate funds for the work at their Jan. 14 meeting. Wilson told commissioners that he hoped the bulk of the CDO could be completed in 2020.
Click here to watch the Dec. 18 working session on CATS.
Robin L Canfield
8/31/2020 10:57:42 am
Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Windfree Estates Suburban Residential subdivision has tried for over two years to have current local, state and federal laws enforced.
Robin L Canfield
10/11/2021 05:45:27 am
Windfree Estates is still requesting enforcement of our current SR zoning ordinances. Windfree Estates Suburban Residential subdivision has tried for over three years to have current local, state and federal laws enforced. Under our current Monroe County SR zoning ordinances it is not an allowable use to have a Governmental Facility like an open to the general public illegal foot path that is not condoned by the Forest Service into the Hoosier National Forest in our subdivision; to use Windfree Estates as a Parking Facility for the Governmental Facility like an open to the general public illegal foot path that is not condoned by the Forest Service, per Christopher Zimmer District Ranger, into the Hoosier National Forest, or to use Windfree Estates for Amusement and Recreation.
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