How to Voice Your Opposition to Bloomington’s Upzoning Plan

Squawk. Loudly.

The upzoning proposition is, fundamentally, the Mayor’s. Contact him directly to let him know you’re against it.

Mayor John Hamilton
401 N Morton St
Suite 210
Bloomington IN 47404
tel: 812-349-3406

The city’s Planning & Transportation Department drew up the proposed zoning map and has been promoting the proposed text amendments that would impose upzoning on the neighborhoods. The department is collecting The P&T Department has official channels of communication on the plan, but its staff can be contacted directly. Key contacts are:

Scott Robinson

Jacqueline Scanlan
Development Services Manager

Once the Plan Commission gets the upzoning proposals, it will hold hearings on them, scheduled to start March 8, 2021.

Public Hearing Notice

March 8 (5:30 pm) Zoom link

The public is invited to to attend these hearings (probably via Zoom) and to comment. The meeting schedule ultimately will be posted here. The Plan Commission will have the authority to request/require changes to the zoning map and the amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Once they are satisfied with the map and amendments, they will pass these measures on to the City Council.

Plan Commission members are appointed, not elected.

Bloomington’s City Council will have the final say on the zoning map and amendments. They will not have the authority to change the map — they can vote it up or down. But they can change the wording of the text amendments to the UDO.

6Steve Volan
ALJim Sims (Council Pres.)
ALSusan Sandberg*
* Susan Sandberg also is a member of the Plan Commission.

It is not too soon to let Council members know how you feel about the upzoning. Six members of the Council represent geographic districts — the member representing your district is the one most accountable to you. Use this interactive map to determine who your district representative is, if you don’t already know.

There also are three At-Large members of the Council, who are accountable to everyone in Bloomington.

Council members hold constituent meetings. You’re welcome to attend (especially those of your own district rep and the At-Large members) and make your feelings known. Email them directly as well.

You also can (and should) express yourself in a Letter to the Editor. Bloomington’s newspaper of record is the Herald-Times. Follow this link to submit a letter (up to 200 words).

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