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East Pontiac Street Corridor Proactive Rezone

The City of Fort Wayne Community Development Division and the Department of Planning Services created a proactive rezoning work group to rezone certain corridors and other areas of the city recommended for rezoning in adopted plans.  With Plan Commission approval, the work group filed a petition to rezone the 300-1800 blocks of East Pontiac Street.  This corridor was recommended for rezoning by the Southeast Strategy Update.  The new zoning classifications requested were selected to better accommodate existing land uses or to encourage more compatible land uses and development patterns for the adjacent neighborhood areas. 

The petition will be heard at the Fort Wayne Plan Commission public hearing on Monday, December 12 at 5:30pm in room 035 of Citizens Square. More Information can be found on the Pontiac Rezoning page.

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All In Allen Comprehensive Plan Update

The Allen County and Fort Wayne Plan Commissions held a Joint Public Hearing on the Adoption Draft of  the All In Allen Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday, October 26 at Citizens Square, 200 East Berry Street. 

The Fort Wayne Plan Commission voted to recommend adoption of the Allen In Allen Comprehensive Plan at their November 14 business meeting. It will go before the Fort Wayne Common Council for discussion on Tuesday, December 6, and then for possible adoption on Tuesday, December 13. 

The Allen County Plan Commission voted to recommend adoption of the All In Allen Comprehensive Plan at their November 17 business meeting. It will go before the County Commissioners for their review and possible adoption on Friday, December 9 at their regularly scheduled legislative session.

The adoption process will continue with the adopting communities of Grabill, Huntertown, Monroeville, and Woodburn, starting in early January 2023.

A copy of the All In Allen Comprehensive Plan, as recommended by the Fort Wayne and Allen County Plan Commissions, may be downloaded at the project website: www.ALLINALLEN.org.

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Amendments to the County and Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinances - Effective September 1, 2022

The Allen County and Fort Wayne Plan Commissions held public hearings on proposed technical amendments to the County and Fort Wayne zoning ordinances as part of their June, 2022 hearings. The Allen County and Fort Wayne Plan Commissions both recommended approval of the proposed amendments at their June business meetings. The proposed Amendments were reviewed by the Allen County Commissioners and the Fort Wayne Common Council in July, 2022. The effective date of the updated ordinances is September 1, 2022.

Copies of the updated ordinances are on file at the Department of Planning Services, Suite 150, Citizens Square 200 E. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

These technical amendments are the next phase of the ordinance update and alignment project. This project has been ongoing since 2009.

A summary and redlined versions of the amendments, as recommended by the Plan Commissions, are below.

 

Allen County Flood Insurance Rate Map Appeal Period

On December 9, 2021, FEMA provided Preliminary copies of the revised Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for Allen County, Indiana and Incorporated Areas. FEMA has posted digital copies of these revised FIRM and FIS report materials to the following Website:

https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/prelimdownload/.

The Preliminary FIRM and FIS report include proposed flood hazard information for certain locations in the Unincorporated Areas of Allen County, Indiana. The proposed flood hazard information may include addition or modification of Special Flood Hazard Areas, the areas that would be inundated by the base (1-percent-annual-chance) flood; base flood elevations or depths; zone designations; or regulatory floodways.

The 90-day appeal period for this submitted information will start on September 14, 2022.  During the appeal period any owner or lessee of real property in your community who believes his or her property rights will be adversely affected by the proposed flood hazard determinations may appeal. It is important to note, however, that the sole basis for such appeals is the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect. You can submit official appeals to our office at 200 E Berry St STE 150. Only appeals of the proposed flood hazard determinations supported by scientific or technical data can be considered before FEMA makes its final flood hazard determination at the end of the 90-day appeal period. Note that the 90-day appeal period is statutory and cannot be extended. However, FEMA also will consider comments and inquiries regarding data other than the proposed flood hazard determinations (e.g., incorrect street names, typographical errors, omissions) that are submitted during the appeal period, and will incorporate any appropriate changes to the revised FIRM and FIS report before they become effective.

 

Public Hearing Updates - Plan Commissions

The Fort Wayne Plan Commission Public Hearing live stream can be found by clicking the following link

https://afw.viebit.com/

The Allen County Plan Commission Public Hearing live stream can be found by clicking the following link

https://www.facebook.com/pg/AllenCounty/videos/?ref=page_internal

Please check this website for updates or email staff at

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Public Hearing Updates - Board of Zoning Appeals and Hearing Officer

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Does my residential project need a permit?  The document link below outlines what residential projects require a permit from the Department of Planning Services.

pdfResidential Projects that Require Planning Services Permits

The document below will help assist you in applying for a Department of Planning Services permit online.

pdfCompleting Online Permits

If you need assistance, call 260-449-7607 or you can email staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please include your name and the address of the property you are inquiring about so we can provide the necessary information for your request.

If you are inquiring about the zoning of a property you can enter the address of the property to left and click the Lookup Zoning Information button and it will return the zoning.

Thank you for your patience!

 

Site Plan Routing Review Process

Changes have been made to the site plan review process.  A revised checklist and updated process description is located below along with the current application.

  1. pdfSITE Process for Fort Wayne and Allen County
  2. pdfSITE Submittal Checklist
  3. pdfSITE Application

 

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. 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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As of March 3rd 2008 the Fort Wayne Land Use Management and Zoning Department and the Allen County Department of Planning Services became one department. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM till 5:00 PM. If you have questions about the new permit or about changes to department processes please contact our office at (260) 449 - 7607.

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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

Director of Redevelopment
Elissa M. McGauley, AICP

Executive Director
Benjamin J. Roussel