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Fort Wayne Plan Commission Calendar Change

Effective in June 2018 the Fort Wayne Plan Commission will start the public hearing at 5:30 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m.  The revised calendar can be found here.

Site Plan Routing Review Process

Changes have been made to the site plan review process.  Please review this guide to see the new filing options. pdfSite Plan Review Process Submittal Guide.

Allen County and Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinance Landscape Standards Amendments 

There are upcoming Plan Commission public hearings for the next phase of the ongoing Allen County – Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinance Update project. This project continues to work to improve, clarify, simplify, and streamline the community’s development and permitting processes.

This set of amendments is proposed to improve the landscape plan review and approval process by:

  1. Clarifying the landscape standards language;
  2. Simplifying/reducing the number of landscape codes;
  3. Aligning the development, landscape, and residential impact mitigation standards; and
  4. Addressing the other landscape standards issues, and related issues that have been identified since 2014.

The proposed amendments are listed in the summary below; there are also redlined versions of the amendments below. The summary shows which pages will be affected in each ordinance.  Both the Allen County and Fort Wayne ordinances will be amended at this time.

The Fort Wayne Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on these proposed amendments on Monday, March 11th at 5:30 p.m. in Room 035 on the Garden (Basement) Level of the Citizens Square building. 

The Allen County Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on these proposed amendments on Thursday, March 14th at 1:00 p.m. in Room 035 on the Garden (Basement) Level of the Citizens Square building.  Citizens Square is located at 200 E. Berry Street.

pdfLandscape Standards Amendment Summary

pdfFort Wayne Landscape Standards Redlined Amendments

pdfAllen County Landscape Standards Redlined Amendments

Please contact Pat Fahey of the Department of Planning Services at 449-7607 with any questions about these amendments.

UPDATE: Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinance Gas Station Uses Amendment

The Fort Wayne Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinance intended to address issues identified by the Common Council relative to gas station uses, by:

  1. Addressing the number of special uses for gas stations available in the existing zoning districts;
  2. Clarifying how existing nonconforming gas station uses will be treated;
  3. Updating the Special Use tables as needed; and
  4. Clarifying the definitions of “convenience store” and “gas station” to differentiate between the two uses.

The hearing on these proposed amendments will be held on Monday, January 7th at 5:30 p.m. in Room 035 on the Garden (Basement) Level of the Citizens Square building; a redlined version of the proposed amendment is below: 

pdfCity of Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinance Gas Station Uses Amendment Red-line Draft

 UPDATE Gas Station Amendment City of Fort Wayne:

At its February 18th business meeting, the Plan Commission recommended approval of a revised Gas Station Uses amendment; the revised version as amended is below:

pdfRedline Document - As Recommended by City of Fort Wayne Plan Commission

Fort Wayne, Allen County, Huntertown and Woodburn Zoning Ordinances

  1. pdfAllen County Zoning Ordinance - Effective 1/1/2018
  2. pdfFort Wayne Zoning Ordinance - Floodplain Amendment - Effective 8/8/2018
  3. pdfHuntertown Zoning Ordinance - Effective 1/1/2018
  4. pdfWoodburn Zoning Ordinance - Effective 3/3/2018

Considering a New Project?

The Department of Planning Services holds monthly new projects meetings to discuss proposed projects prior to formal submittals. If you would like to participate in a new projects meeting please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the new projects meeting application and calendar. There is no fee to participate in the new projects meeting.

Developing Downtown?
If you are considering a development proposal within the downtown Fort Wayne area (DC and DE zoning districts) please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at your earliest convenience. The City of Fort Wayne now has Downtown Design Standards that may affect your proposal. The manual has requirements and recommendations on new developments, building additions, façade renovations, signage, fencing, and parking. It is often beneficial to discuss your plans with staff members prior to filing any applications or permits.
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Suite 150 Citizen Square
200 East Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
M-F 8am - 5:00pm

Phone 260.449.7607
Fax 260.449.7682

Executive Director
Kimberly Bowman, AICP

Deputy Director for Land Use
Paul Blisk, AICP

Director of Redevelopment
Elissa M. McGauley, AICP