Comprehensive Planning Process

Oldenburg is a town filled with history, character and pride. As changes occur within and around Oldenburg, it is important for the town to plan ahead. A comprehensive plan is an essential tool that will guide leadership decisions into the future.

This comprehensive plan will be Oldenburg’s guide into the coming decade. It is a policy document that community leaders, such as the town council and plan commission members will use to guide their decision-making process for:

  • Recreation & Quality of Life
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Utility Services
  • Land use and Historic preservation

Goals and Outcomes

The goals of this plan are shaped by the vision residents set through the planning process. Stakeholder meetings, a public workshop, the public survey and ongoing collaboration through the steering committee meeting will ultimately shape the goals. However, these goals will focus on the following outcomes:

  • Realistic solutions and achievable solutions.
  • Addressing current problems while also planning ahead for tomorrow.
  • Town wide representation.
  • Measurable impacts both long term and short term.

Legal Requirements

In Indiana, comprehensive planning is permitted by the 500 Series of Title 36-7-4 of the Indiana Code.  This law empowers cities, towns, and counties to adopt plans.  Any plan adopted in Indiana must contain at least the following three elements:

  • A statement of objectives for the future development of the jurisdiction.
  • A statement of policy for the land use development of the jurisdiction.
  • A statement of policy for the development of public ways, public places, public lands, public structures, and public utilities.

Funding Sources & OCRA requirements

The Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) is funding the planning process to its completion and intended adoption by the plan commission. As part of OCRA requirements the plan must include:

  • Executive summary
  • General background
  • A summary of the Comprehensive Planning Committee and their role in the process
  • An analysis of subject matter including:
    • Land Use
    • Government and Fiscal Capacity
    • Public Facilities and Services
    • Placemaking
    • Economic Development
    • Housing
    • Transportation
    • Agriculture
    • Natural Resources
    • Parks and Recreation
    • History and Archaeological Resources
    • Hazard Mitigation