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City of Bloomington, Indiana

What does Bloomington look like in 2040? Where and how should we live, work, learn, and play? What are our priorities for the future? How do we get there? These are just a few of the many questions that the comprehensive plan will help answer, as well as provide a road map on how best to achieve these goals.

A comprehensive planning process was initiated in 2011 to develop a new comprehensive plan for Bloomington.  In 2013, the City Council adopted a Vision Statement with Resolution 13-01. The Vision Statement provided the framework to develop the next comprehensive plan.  In July of 2016, a working draft of the comprehensive plan was available for review and residents were encouraged to provide feedback. Input received resulted in the first draft for the Plan Commission to consider at their April 2017 special meetings.  The Plan Commission review and revised the Plan based on the schedule outlined below.

The June 2017 final draft was approved by the Plan Commission and is now being considered by the City Council through Resolution 17-28 (tentative schedule is also listed below). Please see the City Council page for additional information regarding Resolution 17-28.     

Comprehensive Plan Adoption Schedule for the Plan Commission

The City of Bloomington has begun the adoption process for the new Comprehensive Plan. The Plan Commission hearing schedule for review and adoption of the Plan is as follows:

  • Monday, April 17, 5:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Brief overview of the Plan and explanation of the adoption schedule and process. No public comments will be taken at this meeting. Public comments begin at the next meeting on April 20.
  • Thursday, April 20, 5:30 PM, City of Bloomington Utilities Boardroom - Full presentation of plan and opportunity for public questions and comments. April 2017 Draft.
  • Monday, April 24, 5:30PM, City Council Chambers - Discussion of and action on potential Plan amendments (with public comment allowed on amendments). Meeting Packet Link
  • Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 PM, City Council Chambers - Discussion of and action on potential Plan amendments (with public comment allowed on amendments). Meeting Packet Link
  • Monday, May 1 - Final Draft with April amendments incorporated (see below).  
  • Monday, May 1 and Thursday, May 4- Previously scheduled meetings have been canceled.
  • Wednesday, May 31, 12:00 PM - Deadline for all proposed amendments for final document to be submitted to staff.
  • Monday, June 5, 5:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Discussion of and action on potential Plan amendments (with public comment allowed on amendments). Meeting Packet Link
  • Monday, June 19, 5:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Discussion of and action on potential Plan amendments (with public comment allowed on amendments).  Meeting Packet Link
  • Monday, June 26, 5:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Adoption of the Comprehensive Plan, as amended during previous meetings (public comment allowed - focusing on question of adoption of amended plan).

This schedule was revised 4/25/2017.

Comprehensive Plan Tentative Adoption Schedule for the City Council

  • Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Chapter: 4-Downtown
  • Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Chapters: 6-Transportation and 7-Land Use plus Chapter 4 amendments 
  • Monday, September 25, 6:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Chapter: 5-Housing & Neighborhoods plus Chapter 6 and 7 amendments
  • Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 PM, City Council Chambers -  Chapter: 3-Environment plus Chapter 5 amendments
  • Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Chapters: Introduction & Executive Summary, 1-Community Service & Economics, and 2-Culture & Identity plus Chapter 3 amendments
  • Tuesday, November 7, 6:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Amendments Chapter 1 and 2 plus review of document as a whole
  • Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 PM, City Council Chambers - Final Vote
  • Council may amend this schedule. Please see the Schedule of Deliberations at: https://bloomington.in.gov/council/plan-schedule 

Individual chapters of the May 2017 Draft (has been amended and revised - please see the June 2017 Final Draft):