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The City of Bloomington Growth Policies Plan (GPP) recognizes that vibrant neighborhoods are essential to the overall health of the entire community. Bloomington's neighborhoods contain strong and diverse resources that contribute to the unique character of the community. In order to preserve and enhance these important assets, as well as improve the quality of life for both current and future residents, the GPP recommends that an active neighborhood planning process be instituted.

As a result, the City of Bloomington instituted the Neighborhood Planning Initiative. This allows neighborhoods, through a comprehensive planning process, to construct a clear vision of overall needs and priorities. The neighborhood planning process empowers residents to coordinate efforts to solve problems by working together and developing consensus. It also encourages healthy interactions between citizens, business leaders, interest groups and government representatives. The final product of this effort is a living document that enhances not only the individual neighborhood, but all of Bloomington as well.

The planning process begins when the City of Bloomington distributes applications for neighborhood plans to the public. A committee composed of Planning and HAND Department staff then reviews each of the submitted applications using a set of established guidelines and criteria to determine which applicant is the most qualified to participate in the neighborhood planning process. The committee makes a recommendation for a final administrative decision and a winning applicant is selected.

The planning process itself involves several interactive workshops and exercises between City staff and neighborhood participants. These result in the development of broad goals, measurable objectives and specific action strategies that address the neighborhood's core issues. This material is then incorporated into the final plan document, allowing the neighborhood to have a comprehensive overview of priorities, as well as a step-by-step outline of the methods needed to achieve their goals. From start to finish, the entire planning process typically lasts around six to seven months.

The City's current neighborhood plans include the following:

Paper copies are also available to view at both the Planning Department and Housing and Neighborhood Development Department (HAND) at City Hall, as well as the Monroe County Public Library (Bloomington Branch - Indiana Room).

For questions, or additional information, please contact the City of Bloomington Planning Department at (812) 349-3423, or send an e-mail.