The Urbanizing Area Plan is the key policy guide for land use and development in the 36-square-mile area of unincorporated land immediately surrounding the City of Bloomington. The area includes significant employers and sites including Ivy Tech Community College, Cook Manufacturing, General Electric, the Monroe County airport, the former ABB (Westinghouse) site and much of the I-69 right-of way through the county. With an unprecedented level of community and stakeholder engagement in the process, the plan sets forth a bold and balanced vision for Monroe County, the Plan Commission, Board of Commissioners and other government entities to advance the long-term sustainability of the urbanizing area through testing different long term land use scenarios against each other.
Working in collaboration with MKSK, Greenstreet developed a model to forecast land use based on long-term population and employment projections, coupled with shifts in consumer preferences. To position the urbanizing area for future residential and commercial development, under-represented market segments were identified that would leverage unique assets and place making qualities. The selected land use scenario results in a plan that will preserve over 2,000 acres of land from greenfield development, prevent the development of over 8,000 acres of auto-oriented suburban development, eliminate over half a million miles of unnecessary roadway infrastructure, and increase transit access for over 1,700 residents.
Based on the Strategic Growth Scenario, the final Comprehensive Plan works to balance priorities and ‘right-size’ land use allocations based on growth projections. The supply of land for residential and employment slightly exceeds estimated demand. The plan also suggests leaving over 7,500 acres undeveloped. The plan was adopted in 2015 by the Monroe County Board of Commissioners.
Ohio Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award in Planning + Analysis
Indiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award in Planning + Analysis