The Journal Gazette
Saturday, June 15, 2019 1:00 am

City, county to update development plan


Remember PLAN-It Allen?

In 2007, the city and county issued their first jointly developed comprehensive plan under that name. Now, that plan is planned for an update – and the two communities are seeking a consultant to help.

They've issued a request for proposals due by July 18. Selection of a consultant and a contract are expected by late fall, with the process that will come up with a new plan kicking off in January.

“Comprehensive plans usually last from 10 to 20 years, and this one has been around for 12, so there are many things that need updating,” said Mary Tyndall, Fort Wayne community development spokeswoman.

Many objectives in PLAN-It Allen have been accomplished, she said, and conditions, including the way the area looks at economic development as a regional and public-private endeavor, have changed.

“While previous sections will be updated, entirely new sections may be added based on new opportunities and input,” Tyndall said.

Some residents might see such documents as bureaucratic gobbledygook. But they serve a purpose in shaping communities, she said.

“They really do guide the decisions of zoning boards and plan commissions, as well as capital spending on municipal projects by laying out goals and priorities.”

According to a request for proposals, now being sought is a consulting team that can help create a vision for the area's future development and put together a “user-friendly document with clear guidance” and “an achievable implementation.”

The consultant also would also identify people and entities with a stake in the results and set up a process for “meaningful and inclusive” public involvement.

The plan will again be a joint effort of Fort Wayne and Allen County. The plan will provide guidance not only for them but also Huntertown, Grabill, Monroeville and Woodburn.

The request for proposals can be found at by clicking on “Public Bidding Opportunities” on the right side menu.

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