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Forward Madison County
The Madison County Council of Governments was hired by the Planning Commission to prepare a new Comprehensive Plan for that portion of Madison County located in the unincorporated part of the county. The project has been named Forward Madison
Forward Madison County is our comprehensive plan for the future of Madison County,
Indiana. Developed by the ideas and input of residents and organized by a volunteer
group of citizens, business owners, elected officials, and county leaders, this document
will serve to guide Madison County’s future growth and development for the next 20
Please visit www.forwardmadisoncounty.com for more information.
Special Flood Hazard Area
The Executive Director is the floodplain manager for the unincorporated part of Madison County. The floodplain manager assists the citizens in the unincorporated part of Madison County with issues in, or near, the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The SFHA is mapped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The “flood” maps are called Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and will indicate the location of the SFHA and the “flood zone” in which an area is located.
Please contact the Madison County Planning Department at (765) 641-9540 for any
questions related to, or regarding, the SFHA.
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Plat Review Committee
The Plat Review Committee reviews and approves administrative plats for the Planning
Commission. Administrative subdivisions or plats are small subdivisions, normally
between 1 and 4 lots. Once the committee approves the final plat, the Planning Director
The Committee is comprised of a County Commissioner, the County Engineer, County
Surveyor, the Planning Director and others. The Committee meets twice a month. There
are 2 steps in the administrative plat process. The preliminary plat or rural concept
development plan shows the proposed divisions from the root parcel. The final plat
involves just the number of lots that are actually being created. The applicant can come
back at a later date and final additional lots shown on preliminary plat. For more
information on administrative plats, please check the link on the website for the
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MISSION OF THE PLAN COMMISSION
The Board of Commissioners established the Madison County Plan Commission in 1945 to preserve and improve the health and safety of Madison County citizens. It is the responsibility of the Plan Commission to develop a plan that allocates community resources to achieve both current and future goals.
FUNCTIONS OF THE PLAN COMMISSION
The Madison County Planning Commission office has the responsibility of producing the long range planning for Madison County. The Plan Commission's main tool for long range planning is the County Comprehensive Plan. The most recent Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the County Commissioners in March 2001. Based on this new plan, the County has undertaken the process of developing zoning and subdivision ordinances. The Office of the Planning Commission handles the day-to-day administrative work of the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals under the supervision of the Director of the Planning Commission. The office manages the submission and review of petitions for variances, rezoning, and platting. The Plan Commission has a second function as the County Building Commission. Through their inspection program, the Plan Commission issues building permits and enforces building codes as adopted by the County.
PLAN COMMISSION JURISIDICTION
The Planning Commission Jurisdiction includes all unincorporated areas of the County. The Planning Commission also serves as the Building Commission for the Town of Orestes.
How do I find out the zoning of my property?
You can call the Plan Commission Office at 641-9541 to find out how your property is zoned. We will need the address or a parcel number in order to research this information.
I want to divide my property, what do I need to do?
The property's current zoning and the property size will determine the subdivision process. Call the Plan Commission Office for more details.
Can I run a business from my home/garage?
The property's current zoning and the type of business will determine if your business is a permitted use. Call the Plan Commission Office for further details.
What's a Special Use?
A Special Use is a specified permitted use for a zoning district, that might require BZA approval. Additional conditions may have to be set for that use to coexist in that zone. A petition must be filed for the BZA to review the use and grant approval of the Special Use.
Do I get a refund if my petition is denied?
No. Filing fees are used for administrative costs.
What type of construction requires a permit?
New homes, pole barns, additions to homes, pole barns for businesses, remodel, upgrading/changing electrical service, covered or enclosed porches, placing manufactured/mobile homes, swim pools, signs, garage (attached or detached). If you're not sure call 641-9541.
How much does a permit cost?
See the fee structure table for current permit costs.
How do I file a complaint against my neighbors?
Call the Plan Commission Office and request a complaint form or download it from our site.
The Madison County Board of Zoning Appeals is organized and empowered by Indiana
State Law to hear and make decisions regarding petitions. The petitions involve
variances of the development standards or land uses that differ from the established
zoning ordinance. The Board provides an option for individualized consideration on
cases that conflict with zoning policy.
The Board is made up of five members. They are all citizens of the County. One is
appointed to the Board yearly from the Planning Commission. The Board of County
Commissioners appoints three and the County Council appoints one. These members
serve four-year terms. The Board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, if needed.
The Board hears three types of cases. The first type is development standards variance.
The Ordinance sets forth a series of standards that all lots, buildings and/or uses must
meet. These include maximum height, setbacks from property lines, maximum lot depth,
minimum lot width and public sewer and water requirements. A variance allows people
to vary from these standards, if approved.
The second type of case is a special use or exception. These are uses permitted in the
different zoning districts with approval from the Board. The uses can range from
businesses, to home occupations, to cell towers. An expansion or addition to a
nonconforming use can also trigger a special use.
The third type of case that the Board can hear is an appeal of Directors decision. A
Directors decision or interpretation of the Ordinance can be appealed. A person can also try to appeal a building permit that was denied. For more information regarding the types of cases the Board hears, please check the link on the website for the Ordinance.
Technical Review Committee
The Technical Review Committee reviews and makes recommendations for some of the
petitions that come before the Planning Commission. Rezonings, planned unit
developments and major subdivisions are examples. The Committee also reviews
petitions that do not come before the Commission. The Committee has final approval of
them. Site development plans are an example of this. For more information regarding
the types of cases the Committee hears, please check the link on the website for the
The Technical Review Committee is made up of the County Engineer, the County
Surveyor, Planning Director and others. The Committee has monthly scheduled
meetings. However, the Committee can have meetings outside of the regularly scheduled meetings.
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