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Plan Commission Handbook

The Plan Commission Handbook is designed to assist the plan commission, local government officials and citizens in understanding the roles and responsibilities of the plan commission and related decision-making standards.

The plan commission performs a wide variety of functions related to community planning and land use development. Formal roles are outlined in state statutes and local ordinances while informal roles evolve as a result of the nature of the plan commission’s work.

Handbook & Chapter Downloads

Plan Commission Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2012

Individual Chapters

Worksheets & Forms

Zoning Board Handbook

The Zoning Board Handbook is intended to assist zoning board members, local government officials and citizens in understanding the role of the zoning board and the procedures and standards with which their decisions must comply.

The primary role of a zoning board of adjustment/appeals is to review and decide cases where there is an alleged error in a zoning decision or where a relaxation of the ordinance is sought. 

Handbook & Section Downloads

Zoning Board Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2006

Individual Sections

Worksheets & Forms