September 17, 2021


The Monroe County Planning Department is hosting a virtual public engagement meeting for the County Development Ordinance to review the draft zoning map and have a discussion about permitted uses in each zone. The format of this virtual meeting is going to complement the in-person public engagement events hosted a few weeks ago at County park shelters. The meeting will be setup to break the public into different breakout rooms to allow for smaller group size engagement with planning staff. We will be going over the draft zoning map with you, as well as reviewing the County’s current list of permitted uses.

When: Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Zoom:
Meeting ID: 811 4647 5525
Password: 198341

Should you have questions regarding the meeting, please let us know. It is recommended you join from device that you can read materials presented on the screen. We hope to see you there!

December 9, 2020

Hello all!

The first draft of Module 1 of the Monroe County Development Ordinance is complete and attached for your review. 

As a reminder, the Ordinance update is broken into three modules. Module 1 focuses on Procedures and incorporates feedback from public engagement efforts conducted through the summer and fall. If you would like a summary of how the focus groups are directly impacting the content of the CDO, see Focus Group Summaries.

Staff will present the Module 1 draft at the December 14 Monroe County Plan Commission meeting to highlight and discuss some of the larger changes in the document. While this meeting is not a hearing, all comments/input will help to further develop the document going forward. We will continue the Module 1 discussion at the January 19 Plan Commission meeting.

See below for the link to the meeting packet for  December 14 Plan Commission Meeting and minutes from previous meetings. 

Date: *Monday, December 14, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm

Zoom link:

If calling into the Zoom meeting, dial: 312-626-6799. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID #: 831 7087 1840. Password: 774436

Link to Packet: Plan Commission Meeting Packet Part 1 – CDO (also attached here)

Looking ahead:  

  1. Module 2: Districts and uses. This will also include a draft of the Zoning Map
  2. Module 3: Dimensional and Development Standards and Definitions

 As we move into Modules 2 and 3, there will be many more opportunities for engagement and input. If you would like more in-depth information regarding each module, see this status update to the Plan Commission. If this email was forwarded to you and you want to be on the list to receive future updates, go to our CDO website.

Let us know if you have questions – we are available by email and by phone (812-349-2560)!

Focus Group Updates – September 24, 2020

We are currently drafting Module 1 of the Monroe County Development Ordinance and anticipate having a draft by November 2020.

Planning staff has conducted public engagement outreach efforts for Module 1 that included a virtual kick-off meeting, a first round of focus group discussions, and the opportunity to join Plan Commission meetings where detailed project updates are provided.

We want to provide you with an update from the seven focus group meetings, consisting of 54 total participants (links to recorded meetings available by request). These focus groups were open to all county residence who were willing to share their knowledge and experience with the County’s existing Zoning Ordinance.  These meetings gave us the opportunity to gather feedback from Monroe County residence regarding their perspective of the Monroe County Zoning Ordinance in terms of what is working and what isn’t.

See the link to the summary by McBride Dale Clarion of how these 7 focus groups are directly impacting the content of the CDO moving forward.

There will be many more opportunities for engagement throughout the update process. If you would like to be involved, please sign up for our list serve and look for future opportunities for sign-ups.