A Certified Plan recognizes community plans prepared by neighborhood groups and other community organizations outside of the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) that meet minimum expectations for community engagement and content.
The program is designed to encourage excellence in community planning and to maximize the impact of community-sponsored planning initiatives. Recommendations from Certified Plans relating to official, DMD-prepared components of the Comprehensive Plan for Indianapolis and Marion County are considered by DMD staff when those official plans are updated, thereby allowing a direct way for such community plans to be supported by official planning policy. The certification expectations ensure planning processes and their resulting plans maintain the high level of accountability and transparency necessary when crafting public policy.
Certified Plans are not adopted by the Metropolitan Development Commission (MDC), are not components of the official Comprehensive Plan for Indianapolis and Marion County, and do not represent or imply the endorsement or public policy of the MDC, DMD, or City of Indianapolis. Rather, the program enables city planners to leverage the full planning capacity of the Indianapolis community by providing community groups a pathway to influencing officially adopted, DMD-prepared plans. A Certified Plan can be trusted to have been developed through a robust and legitimate community process.
The Certified Plan program is currently in an invitation-only pilot phase. In early 2018 DMD will be revising the certification expectations and guidance before opening the program up to any community partner. Download the current pilot phase Certification Handbook.
Southside (SoIndy) Quality of Life Plan (2017)