Members of the Monroe County Plan Commission are hoping to take a vote on an amended comprehensive plan for the county by this December. Director of the Monroe County Planning Department, Larry Wilson, says the plan is overdue for an update. He says a good rule of thumb is to update a plan once every five to ten years. Wilson says the county’s current plan is closer to ten to fifteen years old. That’s a problem since Wilson says the plan serves as a blueprint to manage future growth.
“To the extent that it keeps somebody from doing absolutely what they want it is a limitation on growth, but the big picture is that a well planned county grows and all you have to do is look at other counties in Indiana that have no zoning and no planning and see that they’re not growing very well,” Wilson said.
Wilson says delaying the vote until December gives community members more time to view the plan and make comments. After it receives approval from the plan commission it will go on to the county commissioners for another vote.