Joint District Zoning Ordinance Replacement

The Edinburgh / Bartholomew / Columbus Joint District is an area of approximately 2.5 square miles bounded by I-65, US 31, and county road 900 North.  This District was formed in 1989 through a responsibility-sharing agreement between the three local governments related to the construction of the Indiana Premium Outlets.  At that time, the previously applicable Bartholomew County Zoning Ordinance, as well as other land use and develop policies and regulations, were retained, but under the administration of the newly formed Joint District Plan Commission.   The retained zoning ordinance had been adopted by Bartholomew County in 1958. While the County adopted a new zoning ordinance for its jurisdiction in 2008, the original, 1958 ordinance has remained in effect for the Joint District.

The Joint District Plan Commission is currently considering the adoption of the current Bartholomew County Zoning Ordinance, which has been continuously updated as needed since 2008, as a replacement for the 1958 regulations that remain applicable in the District.  In addition to these older regulations not being reflective of current development trends and issues, many aspects of them are severely out-of-date and are a liability for the Commission.  The current regulations for signs and floodplain development, for example, are no longer consistent with Federal law.

In its consideration of the zoning ordinance replacement, the Plan Commission has reviewed (1) how the current use of property in the Joint District aligns with the new zoning districts and (2) the additional types of regulation that would apply to new Joint District development (such as requirements for landscaping, parking, signs, etc.).  Exhibits showing this research can be found below.  If the new zoning ordinance is adopted for the Joint District, its regulations would be applicable only to new development, with existing uses, buildings, etc. considered to be legal-nonconforming or “grandfathered” until a change is proposed by those property owners.

Existing & Proposed Zoning Districts – These exhibits compare the current and proposed regulations to existing uses of property in the Joint District.

Site Plan / Regulatory Standards Summary – This exhibit summaries the additional types of regulation proposed through an analysis of the R&L Carriers cross-dock trucking facility currently under construction in the Joint District.

Also available through this website are the current Joint District Zoning Ordinance and current Bartholomew County Zoning Ordinance (now proposed for the Joint District also).

For more information please contact Planning Director Jeff Bergman at 812.376.2550 or


Camp Atterbury/Muscatatuck Joint Land Use Study

atterThe Joint Land Use Study was completed in 2009 and is the result of a cooperative venture between the Indiana National Guard; Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, and Johnson Counties; the City of Columbus; the Towns of Edinburgh and Prince’s Lakes; and the Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy.  The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment .  The need for the study was generated by the rapid growth and substantial increase in the use of Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center by the Indiana National Guard and other branches of the military.  The study compared the long-term facility and operational plans of the military installations with the land use patterns, transportation infrastructure, and future plans of the surrounding  communities.  The intent was to identify and manage any incompatibilities.  Common issues around military facilities include hazards to and from military aircraft and the noise created by military training exercises.  The objectives of the JLUS were to (1) encourage cooperative land use planning between military installations and the surrounding communities; (2) seek ways to reduce the operational impacts of military installations on adjacent land; (3) reduce potential incompatibilities between the military installation and surrounding communities while still accommodating new growth and economic development; and (4) protect the general public’s health, safety, and welfare without compromising the operational missions of the installation.

Camp Atterbury / Muscatatuck Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) (PDF)