COMPREHENSIVE PLANS

The Planning Department manages the comprehensive plans for three separate political jurisdictions - The City of Columbus, Bartholomew County, and the Edinburgh / Bartholomew / Columbus Joint District.  Comprehensive plans vary by jurisdiction. 

The Planning Department provides limited services to the Town of Hartsville through an agreement between Hartsville and Bartholomew County. That agreement includes zoning administration but does not include responsibility for the Comprehensive Plan. For additional information about the Town of Hartsville please contact the Town Clerk.

If you know your planning jurisdiction, simply scroll down this page or click the provided links below for the adopted plans for that jurisdiction.

Planning Jurisdictions

City of Columbus
Bartholomew County
Joint District

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About Comprehensive Plans

The Comprehensive Plan is a long-term statement of a community’s vision for its future.  The plan provides goals, policies, and other guidance for future land use and deve-lopment.  The Planning Department is the comprehensive plan record keeper and advocate for both the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County.  While the Planning Department serves as the staff for both City and County, each jurisdiction has its own separate comprehensive plan.  These plans were developed separately over time and involved extensive research and public input.  The plans were adopted by the Columbus City Council and Board of County Commissioners, respectively.  The comprehensive plan is a separate document than the zoning and subdivision control ordinances.  The comprehensive plan is a policy guide that is intended to influence (but not mandate) community land use and development decisions.  The zoning and subdivision control ordinances are also adopted separately by both the city and the county.  These documents are laws regulating new development and are based, in part, on the guidance of the comprehensive plan. 



City of Columbus
 

The City of Columbus Comprehensive Plan currently includes 6 separate elements adopted over time beginning in 1999 with the Goals and Policies Element. These Goals and Policies, together with the Land Use Plan Element and the Thoroughfare Plan Element, form the basic components of the Comprehensive Plan.  Comprehensive Plans are intended to evolve over time.  For Columbus, this evolution has occurred as additional, more detailed elements are added for specific geographic areas and topics.  Examples of these supplemental elements would include the Downtown Strategic Development Plan, the Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan, and the Central Avenue Corridor Plan.  The Columbus Comprehensive Plan is adopted by the Columbus City Council.

 All highlighted links are PDF documents.

City of Columbus Comprehensive Plan

The City of Columbus Comprehensive Plan includes each of the following 6 elements:

Goals and Policies Element
Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Element
Downtown Plan Element

Land Use Plan Element
Central Avenue Corridor Plan Element
Thoroughfare Plan Element



Bartholomew County
 

The current Bartholomew County Comprehensive Plan includes the three basic components:  the Goals and Polices Element (adopted in 1999), the Land Use Plan Element (adopted in 2003), and the Thoroughfare Plan (adopted in 1993).  The Bartholomew County Comprehensive Plan is adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. 

 All highlighted links are PDF documents.

Bartholomew County Comprehensive Plan

The Bartholomew County Comprehensive Plan includes the following 4 elements:

Goals and Policies Element
Thoroughfare Plan Element

Land Use Plan Element 
Northern Gateway Plan Element           



Joint District
 

The Edinburgh / Bartholomew / Columbus Joint District Plan Commission has the authority to adopt a comprehensive plan specific to the jurisdiction, but has not chosen to do so.  Therefore, according to Indiana law, the Bartholomew County Comprehensive Plan that applied to the area prior to the formation of the Joint District remains applicable. 

Please contact the Planning Department with any questions regarding the Joint District Comprehensive Plan.

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