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The Comprehensive Plan for Indianapolis and Marion County is actually a collection of over 100 plans, each separately adopted by the Metropolitan Development Commission as a Comprehensive Plan segment.  Our Comprehensive Plan system is organized around seven distinct elements, with a Primary System Plan serving as the “master” plan for its element.  Each Primary System Plan may have multiple Supporting Plans that are more limited in their geographic or topical scope. Below the image illustrating how these plans work together, you will find a brief description of each segment and a link to the page for more details and the plan segments.

Vision + Values.  The Vision + Values element describe the high-level vision for Indianapolis and Marion County and establishes the direction for all other elements of the Comprehensive Plan system to respond to. 

Land Use.  Land Use Plans are primarily used to inform zoning and establish policies for the development and redevelopment of all property in Marion County. 

Transportation.  Transportation plans describe how the transportation network of Marion County provides mobility choices and primarily used to determine system expansion needs related to development or redevelopment activities and to guide public investment in the network.

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space.  Parks plans are used primarily to guide public investment in parks, recreation, and open space amenities that support the health, recreation, and community needs of residents and visitors and to protect the ecological and cultural systems of Marion County.

Neighborhood + Housing Strategy.  Neighborhood and Housing Strategy plans are used to coordinate public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic community development investments in Marion County neighborhoods in ways that maximize their impact on all of Marion County while remaining relevant to the actual needs of different types of neighborhoods.

Resiliency.  Resiliency plans identify strategies to protect Marion County from events or challenges that threaten to undermine the long-term safety and prosperity of residents and neighborhoods.  They outline ways in which the community can “bounce back” from anticipated physical, economic, and social disasters while also addressing the long-term chronic challenges that impede recovery.

Specific Area​.  Specific Area Plans provide a detailed strategy for a small geography.