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The Purdue University Land Use Team provides research-based resources and educational programs for Extension professionals, government officials, citizen planners and residents on land use issues impacting their communities. Land Use Team efforts are underpinned by a timely and rigorous professional development system that prepares Purdue Extension professionals to effectively serve on Plan Commissions.
Indiana is the only state in the United States in which Extension Educators are legislatively mandated to serve on Advisory Plan Commissions and some Area Plan Commissions. Therefore, Purdue University is uniquely positioned to leverage this mandate to support Extension programming that addresses land use issues in Indiana. Current pressing issues, including the evolving rural/urban interface, developing and implementing sustainable strategies and supporting place-based economic development, all require attention at the state, regional and local levels in Indiana.
The Land Use Team’s primary responsibility is to develop and deliver robust information that assists Plan Commissions and other related institutions/organizations in making informed decisions based on a thorough understanding of the alternatives and consequences related to land use planning decisions. Purdue Extension’s Land Use Team plays a critical role across Indiana through the work of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) Educators serving on Plan Commissions and Community Development Educators working on land use issues.
Community Planning for Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Guide for Local Government.
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|Team Position||Name||Job Title|
|Co-Chair||Amanda Mosiman||Purdue Extension Educator, Warrick County, Agriculture & Natural Resourcesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Co-Chair||Tamara Ogle||Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educatoremail@example.com|
|Secretary||Valerie Clingerman||County Extension Director, Purdue Extension Educator, Knox County, Agriculture & Natural Resourcesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Training Committee Chair||Daniel Walker||Community Planning Extension Specialistemail@example.com|
|Publications and Materials Committee Chair||Aaron Thompson||Associate Professor of Landscape Architecturefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Governance Committee Chair||Brad Kohlhagen||Purdue Extension Educator, Adams County, Agriculture & Natural Resourcesemail@example.com|
|Mentoring Committee Chair||Sarah Hanson||County Extension Director, Purdue Extension Educator, Johnson County, Agriculture & Natural Resourcesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|American Citizen Planner Committee Chair||Kara Salazar||Purdue Extension Specialist, Sustainable Communitiesemail@example.com|
|Team Member||Annie Cruz-Porter||Purdue Community and Regional Development Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Team Member||Scott Gabbard||County Extension Director, Purdue Extension Educator, Shelby County, Agriculture & Natural Resourcesemail@example.com|
|Team Member||Bill Horan||Purdue Extension Educator, Wells County, Community Development, Agriculture & Natural Resourcesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Team Member||Michael Wilcox||Purdue Extension Community Development Program Leaderemail@example.com|
|Team Member||Steve Yoder||Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Team Member||Jeff Burbrink||Purdue Extension Educator, Elkhart County, Agriculture & Natural Resourcesemail@example.com|
|Team Member||Rick Foster||Assistant Director and Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural Resourcesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Team Member||Kara Hammes||ANR/HHS Brown Countyemail@example.com|
|Team Member||Dave Osborne||ANR/4-H Ripley Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Team Member||Phillip Woolery||ANR Pulaski Countyemail@example.com|
|Team Member||Melissa Widhalm||Operations Manager for the Purdue Climate Research Centerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
In May 2015, Purdue Extension was commissioned by the State of Indiana to study Indiana county zoning ordinances as they apply to confined feeding operations (CFOs). Of the 81 Indiana counties operating with a zoning ordinance, 64 zoning ordinances (as of August 2015) contain language specific to CFOs.
The reports and factsheets found below compare CFO provisions and standards across Indiana counties. Together with a description of the ordinance, the factsheets themselves contain related county-specific demographic information such as population, farmland percentage, top employing industries and county type (e.g., rural, urban, mixed), which may impact the development of a CFO ordinance. These factsheets summarize and categorize the zoning ordinances and provisions specific to CFOs above the general zoning district standards unless otherwise specified. CFOs still have to follow the district standards in the zoning district in which they are located. Plan directors or a plan department employee in 52 of the 64 counties with zoning provisions for CFOs reviewed their county’s factsheet for accuracy. Ordinances may also be amended periodically. For the most updated and complete ordinance, please contact the county plan director listed on the factsheet.
Dr. Paul Ebner
Associate Professor of Animal Science
Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educator
Dr. Larry DeBoer
Professor of Agricultural Economics
Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educator
Find more resources on CFOs for communities at https://ag.purdue.edu/cfo/Pages/default.aspx.
To learn more about Purdue’s CFO Study, contact:
In 2021, Purdue Extension’s Land Use Team conducted a comprehensive overview study of land use regulations for wind and solar energy. The team identified a state-wide need for research-based information focused on the intersection of renewable energy, land-use decision making, and ordinance development. The report provides a summary of state-wide renewable energy ordinances and county snapshots. These resources can be used as a reference for plan directors and plan commission members to compare other renewable energy zoning ordinances and zoning tools used in counties across Indiana. This report should be used for educational purposes only and should be adapted to each community’s local context, as appropriate. The information is not intended to provide specific recommendations for policies or decisions. Additionally, communities continually update ordinances based on new technology and local needs. Contact the county planning office for the most current and complete ordinance.