Making Gary safe, livable, and clean is the overarching vision that guides all planning efforts. Planning encourages progressive land use decisions, consistently works to improve City of Gary ordinances and processes, and carefully reviews each development plan. We provide assistance to businesses, developers and residents as they seek permits and licenses, develop site plans, and start business operations so we can continue to rebuild and strengthen our City together.

Community Planning Support

A perfect phrase for the art and science of city planning can be found on literature from the American Planning Association: “making great communities happen.” Great cities are not grown haphazardly, and without purpose or form in mind; there is a method to the proverbial madness. The Planning Support team Gary Department of Planning is charged with two tasks, striving to make Gary an even greater community by:

  • Creating a vision for the overall Gary community, and the distinct, vibrant neighborhoods within it, and
  • Creating and exploring ways to realize that vision.
  • Both functions are performed with residents and organizations as partners in the process.

Design Support

The Design Support team in the Gary Department of Planning is charged with helping the staff, other city departments, and civic organizations with realizing how their projects relate to the City’s development, and how the City’s development relates to the citizenry.

This team is made up of mapping and architectural specialists with a keen eye on how planning information is optimally presented. The team’s talents are available to community organizations.

2016 -2017 Plan Commission Appeals Schedule of Meetings

Deadline for Petitions Date of Meeting
January 5, 2016January 26, 2016
February 2, 2016February 23, 2016
March 1, 2016March 22, 2016
April 5, 2016April 26, 2016
May 3, 2016May 24, 2016
June 7, 2016June 28, 2016
July 5, 2016July 26, 2016
August 2, 2016August 23, 2016
September 6, 2016September 27, 2016
October 4, 2016October 25, 2016
November 1, 2016 November 22, 2016
December 6, 2016December 27, 2016
January 3, 2017 January 24, 2017

2016 -2017 Plan Commission Appeals Schedule of Meetings

Redevelopment P3 Update Presentation (July 12, 2016)