Indiana Land Use Consortium

Mission Statement
The Indiana Land Use Consortium serves as a catalyst for education and a forum for discussion to foster responsible land use decisions and practices in Indiana
Land Use Principles
Land use is a complex issue that is critical to the long-term prosperity of the people and communities of Indiana. We, the Indiana Land Use Consortium, believe in and offer the following general and substantive principles to guide Indiana communities in addressing land-use issues. They are offered as a whole and should not be taken out of the context of that whole; land-use decisions must strike a balance among these important, and potentially conflicting, values.
General Principles
  • Growth is necessary for the prosperity of the state;

  • The national economy is market-based and planning should continue to respect the choices made by individuals and the community;

  • It is important to foster the human diversity that has characterized our nationís history;

  • Land use decisions must be approached in a holistic manner that considers its many consequences and interactions;

  • Long-term planning is a necessary component to manage land-use in Indiana effectively; and

  • The effective resolution of land-use issues requires balancing many interests.

Substantive Principles
  • Protect natural areas, such as wetlands, wildlife habitats, lakes, woodlands, and open spaces.

  • Protect economically productive natural resource-based systems, such as agricultural lands, forests, surface and groundwater resources, and mineral resources.

  • Preserve cultural, historic, and archeological sites.

  • Build community identity and sense of place.

  • Preserve and enhance unique urban, suburban, and rural communities

  • Encourage cooperation and coordination among nearby units of government and local schools.

  • Provide integrated and efficient systems for education, recreation, multi-modal transportation, and other public services.

  • Promote redevelopment of land with existing infrastructure and public services.

  • Promote maintenance and rehabilitation of existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

  • Promote efficient land use development patterns and densities.

  • Promote equitable and efficient allocation of public resources.

  • Provide infrastructure, services, and developable land that address market demand for residential, commercial, and industrial uses.

  • Ensure an adequate and diverse supply of housing for all income levels within the community.

  • Promote stabilization and expansion of the economic base and job creation.

  • Balance individual property rights with community interests and goals.

  • Encourage neighborhood designs that support a range of lifestyle choices.

  • Promote development that serves the needs of a diverse population

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