The Comprehensive Plan establishes goals, policies, and recommendations for development in the jurisdictional area of the governmental unit. Both public and private sector decisions affecting the location, design, and quality of development are guided by this Plan.

The primary intent of the Comprehensive Plan is to create a safe and harmonious environment for residents of the jurisdiction. The Plan is designed to:

  • Optimize the potential for future orderly growth,
  • Avoid land use conflicts,
  • Protect the environment,
  • Minimize traffic congestion,
  • Locate community facilities where people can best use them.
Community land use plans represent the preferences of the local populace and express how and where development should occur. Good planning recognizes the need to balance the demands of growth with the need to maintain existing development and at the same time protect the environment and overall quality of life. Good planning facilitates orderly development patterns that maximize opportunities for choice and at the same time reflects the wise expenditure of limited public funds and resources. Towards these ends, community plans establish general guidelines for development.
To view the 2011 Whitley County Comprehensive Plan click here

2020 Comprehensive Plan Update

In 2020, Whitley County will update its Comprehensive Plan. The County is seeking a consultant to provide professional services to assist with its preparation. The consultant will work closely with the Whitley County Plan Commission and its Director, and any other responsible party that the County Commissioners designate.

Interested parties must forward six (6) copies of the Statement of Qualifications to the following address no later than January 31, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. local time.

Whitley County Plan Commission
220 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 204
Columbia City, IN 46725

Envelopes should be clearly marked "Statement of Qualifications - Whitley County Comprehensive Plan".

Please click here to view the Request for Statement of Qualifications.