On the Beat in Bluffton

Thursday, January 23, 2014

N-B Numbers: Who should serve on the Area Plan Commission?

The Wells County Area Plan Commission will work on its membership roster at its Thursday, Feb. 6, meeting, and will take public comment about possible changes.

The upcoming meeting and conversation was inspired by the county’s new comprehensive plan, which went into effect Jan. 1; it included an action point that the APC review its membership to be sure rural areas were adequately represented

Michael Lautzenheiser Jr., executive director of the Area Plan office, notes that 52 percent of Wells County’s population lives in an incorporated area and 48 percent does not. “If using population (is) your only guide, then the best options would be those that give a slight edge to urban members vs. rural members,” he writes in his advisory opinion for the board. “This exists in the existing board and Option 1.”

After the matter was discussed at the APC’s Jan. 2 meeting, Lautzenheiser has come back with five recommendations, including two new options for representation. The recommendations reflect Indiana state law by having at least one member from each participating legislative body.

Learn more in the Thursday, Jan. 23, News-Banner. Click here to read through Indiana code regarding APC membership.

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