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Permitting System Outage

The Department of Planning Services will not be able to issue permits starting at Noon Friday, January 12th, 2018.  The Accela permitting system is scheduled for a system upgrade from 7:00 a.m. Friday, January 12th, 2018 and is scheduled to back online by 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday January 16th, 2018. 

During this time the Department of Planning Services will not be able to accept or process Land Use Permits or Applications. 

Huntertown Zoning Ordinance Technical Amendments

There is an upcoming County Plan Commission public hearing for the next phase of the ongoing Huntertown Zoning Ordinance Update project. The primary objective of this project is to update and align the Huntertown Ordinance with the Fort Wayne and Allen County zoning ordinances. This project is part of ongoing work to improve, clarify, simplify, and streamline the development and permitting processes.

During Clarion Associates work on the community's replacement zoning ordinance ordinances, consultant Don Elliott consistently brought up the fact that once the ordinances were adopted and used by the community, there would be issues that would come up with the language, or it would be determined that there would be items that had been missed, or misspellings and similar errors in the documents would be found.

That has proven to be the case, as staff has continued to identify non-substantive issues and items to be addressed since the last technical ordinance amendments became effective.

This set of technical amendments is proposed to:

1) Clarify language that is not clear based on the use of the ordinances so far;

2) Address issues that have come up since the effective date of the Huntertown replacement ordinance (1/1/2017);

3) Maintain alignment with the Allen County and Fort Wayne Ordinances.

The proposed amendments are listed in the summary included below; there are also redlined versions of the amendments below. The summary shows which pages will be affected in the ordinance.

The Allen County Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on these proposed amendments on November 9th 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.

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

The proposed effective date of this amendment is January 1, 2018.

pdfHuntertown - Amendment Summary

pdfHuntertown redlined ordinance

pdfHuntertown redlined amendments

pdfAmendment summary

pdfAllen County redlined amendments

pdfAllen County redlined ordinance

pdfFort Wayne redlined amendments

pdfFort Wayne redlined ordinance

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.

Fort Wayne, Allen County, Huntertown and Woodburn Zoning Ordinances

  1. pdfAllen County Zoning Ordinance - Effective 1/1/2016
  2. pdfFort Wayne Zoning Ordinance - Effective 1/1/2016
  3. pdfHuntertown Zoning Ordinance - Effective 1/1/2017
  4. pdfAdoption Draft Woodburn Zoning Ordinance

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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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

Executive Director
Kimberly Bowman, AICP

Deputy Director for Land Use
Paul Blisk, AICP

Director of Redevelopment
Elissa M. McGauley, AICP