The Miami County Comprehensive Plan effort is taking a brief pause as a group of Miami County residents filed a petition with the Miami County Clerk on Friday, April 9, 2021 to incorporate a new third class city named “Golden.” The city would encompass approximately nine square miles north of Hillsdale Lake, and the population would be an estimated 776 people.
As the potential incorporation of an area within the county would effectively reduce the planning area within the updated Miami County Comprehensive Plan, a pause is in effect for the comprehensive plan to allow the Golden petition to go through the proper review channels. The comprehensive planning effort will restart once the outcome of the Golden petition is known.
Thank you for your engagement in the comprehensive planning effort thus far. Stay engaged in the project by visiting this website often.
Our county's next chapter is waiting to be written.
What is a comprehensive plan,
and why should it matter to me?
The comprehensive plan is a long-range document that guides the county’s future growth and development, its priorities, and its services. It is a road map of sorts that helps us visualize where we want to go as a county and the path to reach that destination. Your input in the comprehensive planning process is essential in determining the destination—the vision—for Miami County.
What are the project's goals?
Understand the county's current state (physical, demographic, economic, and regulatory)
Define the county's biggest assets and challenges for the future
Build public consensus around the county's future direction
Recommend appropriate development types and character in different areas of the county
Prioritize policies, actions, and resources to achieve the comprehensive plan's vision
Guide the county's future capital budgets and zoning recommendations
Miami County values planning
Following the population boom of the 1970s, Miami County put plans in place to address land use patterns, connectivity, and preservation of local culture. Balancing urban development with rural lifestyles remains important, which is why Miami County is taking lessons from the past to preserve its future. Click the timeline below to open it in a pop-up window.
The Planning Timeline
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#VoiceYourVision (here's how)
Dear Miami County Residents,
Comprehensive plans provide guidance for future growth, development, and appearance of the county.
Today, your voice and participation is imperative to assist in shaping the future direction of Miami County via a renewed comprehensive plan. The new plan will provide significant direction to elected officials tasked with administering the development of the county.
Your county leadership asks for your participation in this important effort. Please help us #tellourstory by telling us yours.
Miami County Administrator
Dear Miami County Residents,
Your voice matters, Miami County! As we turn the page to the next Comprehensive Plan for Miami County, your input is needed to help frame the picture of future growth and development in the County. Some of the main components of the Plan include residential and commercial development; agriculture; lakes, parks, and trails; road, sewer, and water infrastructure; and schools.
The next Plan will lay the foundation for new regulations, and will guide the Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners as they make decisions concerning future growth, and the facilities, services and improvements necessary to support that growth. It's time to voice your vision for Miami County!
Planning & Zoning Director
A word of encouragement...
Why is this planning effort important?
Chairman, District 1
This will be a great opportunity to answer, in public, all of the questions and comments that I have been asked over the past years about why we do this and why we don't allow that. Putting everyone at the same table to discuss will be a good education process for all of us.
This is a great opportunity for you to provide your county with ideas, opinions, and concerns that will be used to develop a new vision for Miami County and what we collectively want our county to look like in the future.
We are Miami County, not Johnson or Linn County. Let's make this comprehensive planning process work for us going forward.
As a growing and developing county, it is very important that we, as a county, engage in the process to define how the county will look in the short- and long-term. You, as a citizen of Miami County, have the ability to speak out and be heard in order to help shape our comprehensive plan.
It is so important to plan what we want Miami County to look like in the years to come. ”Plan your work and work your plan” is a motto that I like that fits perfectly for this endeavor.
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The Miami County Comprehensive Plan Public Survey was available to all county residents until Sunday, January 17, 2021. The survey was completed by 1,124 respondents, which is a statistically significant response rate (95% confidence interval and a 2.875% margin of error). Click the button below to review the public survey results. Thank you for taking the survey!