Community Planning for Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Guide for Local Government

APA Indiana Chapter


Friday, May 10, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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Purdue Extension and the Indiana Land Resources Council collaboratively developed the Community Planning for Agriculture and Natural Resources: A Guide for Local Government to support plan commission members and local government officials and staff with resources and examples to integrate agriculture and natural resources as part of community land use planning efforts for developing or updating comprehensive plans. Each document in the series provides an overview of the topic, economic development considerations, community examples and resources to make connections for local land use planning efforts. This document is intended to serve local boards, commissions and their staffs as an educational resource for informed decision-making on current and emerging land use issues in Indiana. 

Through the Land Use Team, Purdue Extension supports land use education, training and technical assistance for local government officials, citizen plan commissioners, board of zoning appeals members and residents. Indiana is the only state in the United States in which Extension Educators may be required to serve on Area and Advisory Plan Commissions by legislative mandate. Therefore, Purdue University is uniquely positioned to leverage this mandate to support Extension programming that addresses current and emerging land use issues in Indiana. Similarly, the Indiana Land Resources Council collects information and provides educational assistance, technical assistance and advice to local governments regarding land use issues and policy across the state. 

The thirteen member multidisciplinary author team developed a series of guidance documents in the following topics: 

• Introduction and Overview

o Public participation

• Economic Development Policy Tools for Local Government Land Use Planning 

• Built Environment and Natural Resources 

o Natural Resources and Community Health: Planning for the built environment  

o Renewable Energy

• Food and Agriculture

o Importance of Indiana agriculture

o Urban Agriculture 

o Livestock Production and Planning: Confined feeding operations 

o Aquaculture 

o Local Food Systems

o Indiana Site Certified Program

o Site Considerations for the Rural Economic Development Model 

o Land Use Tools for Preserving Farmland

• Agritourism 

• Forestry and Natural Resources

o Urban Forestry and Local Government Guidance 

o Invasive Species Management 

o Forest Management and Hardwood Industry 

• Water Resources Management 

o Local Government Flood Policy Tool Kit 

o Decision Support System: Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Facilities 

o Indiana Embankment Dam Hazards Largely Unknown and Under-Appreciated


This guidance document series is to be used for education purposes only and adapted to each community’s local context as appropriate. The information included is not intended to provide specific recommendations for policies or decisions.  This presentation will provide an overview of the document series, key considerations for each topic, and discussion about current trends for integrating topics into community planning efforts. We will additionally preview information about the upcoming state-wide Land Use Summit scheduled for Aug 28, 2019.



Kara Salazar, AICP

Invited Speaker

Kara Salazar is Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist for Purdue University’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. Working with multidisciplinary teams, Kara develops programs, products, and resources to support community planning and sustainable development strategies in Indiana communities. Focus areas include placemaking and enhancing public spaces ... Read More

Jeff Cummins

Invited Speaker

Jeff Cummins graduated from IU Bloomington in 2012 and from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2016. Jeff is General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and has been with the department for nearly four years. Previously he was with the ... Read More

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