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 Land Use

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Decisions about where and how development occurs have implications far beyond our generation, and issues related to growth, natural resources, and property rights can be complex. Purdue Extension offers several resources to help local officials and planners do the important work of land use planning.

Purdue Extension Land Use Team
The Purdue Extension Land Use Team offers educational materials and programming to equip communities to make sustainable land use decisions. The team is composed of Extension educators and campus-based staff working together to address land use issues in Indiana.

Planning with Power
Planning with Power links land use planning with watershed planning at the local level. It empowers communities to prevent and solve natural resource problems resulting from changing land use in growing watersheds and enables local officials to effectively incorporate watershed protection measures into comprehensive land use plans.

Local Decision Maker
Local Decision Maker (LDM) is a powerful decision-support system for comprehensive planning that brings together data, current research, analyses, mapping tools, and models to assist communities throughout the planning process. It is a useful tool for communities where too much growth, too little growth, loss of natural resources, poor employment outlook, or declining school populations are prompting a desire to see change occur. LDM helps assess existing conditions, develop a realistic vision of the future, identify future development strategies, and select a preferred strategy consistent with the community's economic, natural resource, social, and cultural objectives and projected resource bases.