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The Countywide Plan was developed over a period of roughly five years, to be followed by an additional year of focused implementation and refinement.  See below for a status of activities both past, current, and planned, and for graphic timelines of the outreach and the overall schedules. Note that some of the graphic timelines may be out of date.


  • 2015-2016 | Launching the Countywide Plan & Community Plans

    During the first year of the project, the County focused on launching the project, building awareness, and gathering information from the public, County staff, and outside organizations.  Additionally, the County initiated the first Community Plan update (Bloomington) to serve as a pilot process for the other Community Plans.

    Key tasks:

    • Project kick-off
    • Establish project protocols and structure
    • Understand existing conditions
    • Build public awareness
    • Coordinate with local, regional, state, and federal agencies
    • Gather data and user needs
    • Pilot Community Plan

  • 2016-2017 | Community and Land Use Planning

    In 2016, the County conducted outreach for more than two dozen communities. From this input and additional outreach and analysis, the County began to draft a land use plan for the entire unincorporated county.  During this time, the County also developed growth, traffic, and fiscal models to help understand the options and trade-offs related to potential decisions and policies about land use, infrastructure, and other resources.

    Key tasks:

    • Initiate public workshops
    • Conduct growth scenario modeling
    • Design web-based platform

  • 2017-2018 | Policy Plan, Tech Studies, Business Plan & Web Development

    Efforts in 2017 focused on finalizing the draft land use plan based on the results of the scenario modeling and drafting Community Plans.  The County also led regional open houses to obtain public feedback and input from throughout the entire county (communities, agencies, businesses, and organizations).  In early 2018, efforts began to transition to preparing municipal and regional policies and analyzing the potential environmental impacts of the Countywide Plan.  An additional round of regional meetings was conducted to engage with the public on the Draft Policy Plan.  Later in the year, the County initiated a Business Plan to make internal County operations more effective and align decisions with the budget.

    Key tasks:

    • Evaluate and draft municipal and regional policies
    • Finalize scenario model and land use plan
    • Community and regional outreach
    • Initiate environmental assessment and technical studies
    • Draft Community Plans
    • Initiate Business Plan
    • Initiate fiscal model
    • Align future investments with implementation
    • Design web-based user interface and database architecture

  • 2019-2021 | Adoption & Implementation

    Adoption took place in October 2002 after a series of public review meetings and hearings.  Additionally, a primary objective is to make information more accessible to both County staff and communities. To this end, the County is developing a website dedicated to the review and ongoing implementation of the Countywide Plan. The County will begin to implement the Plan, create partnerships, track progress, and make adjustments based on initial feedback.

    Key tasks:

    • Finalize Policy Plan, EIR, Community Planning, and Business Plan
    • Refine and test web-based framework
    • Adopt and launch Countywide Plan
    • Activate partners and refine implementation
    • Complete and evaluate tracking and feedback system
    • Establish work plan for fiscal year 2020/21
    • Maintain and update web-based framework


The outreach opportunities scheduled over the next two years for the Countywide Plan are intended to continue the conversation with the community and stakeholders as we create the tools and resources to shape and guide the County’s future.

Click here for a one-page (11″x 17″) timeline of the County’s planned outreach with the community during the preparation of the Countywide Plan and Community Plans.  Please note that this timeline is intended for general guidance and is subject to change.  For the latest dates, times, and locations of meetings, please visit the Meetings and Events page.


Click here for a simplified, one-page project schedule (PDF), including a list of primary objectives and major tasks. This schedule is subject to change and the information presented below and in the PDF schedule is intended for general guidance. For updated information, please email the County at: