The Journal Gazette
Saturday, August 17, 2019 1:00 am

Plan consultant choice imminent

To guide update of city-county development


The consultant who will help officials of Allen County and Fort Wayne update their comprehensive plan could be named as soon as Wednesday.

A county-city committee charged with selecting the company that will orchestrate changes in 2007's PLAN-It Allen document – which governs development – met Friday with the final candidate still in the running for the position.

Interviews of others were conducted earlier in the week.

The consultant's work is estimated to take 18 months to two years and begin in January, said Kimberly Bowman, executive director the Department of Planning Services.

She said the committee overseeing the process received eight responses to a formal request for proposals. Firms that responded were American Structurepoint, Clarion, Houseal Lavigne, McKenna, Michael Baker International, Planning Next, Rundell Ernstberger and Taylor Siefker Williams.

Bowman declined to say which firms were being considered, but she acknowledged not every company that applied was interviewed.

The update is proposed to cost between $500,000 and $750,000, with the bill split evenly between the city and county.

Fees will be incorporated into upcoming budget requests, Bowman said.

As with PLAN-It Allen, several measures for receiving public input will be incorporated into the process, Bowman said.   

Comprehensive plans are not the last word on allowing or disallowing land use, but they act as a guide for zoning and other development decisions.

Officials say a comprehensive plan typically lasts from 10 to 20 years. In March, planning officials decided elements of the current plan were outdated or had been accomplished.

The new plan will provide guidance not only for unincorporated Allen County and Fort Wayne but also Huntertown, Grabill, Monroeville and Woodburn.

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