There are hundreds of relevant resources when considering near-term and long-term planning of towns. Failing to plan, or desiring to never grow, leads to stagnation and eventual decline.

Small towns that fail to plan will hit a tipping point from which recovery is not possible. There are noted examples within Tippecanoe County and surrounding areas of exactly this scenario.

Here is the Fiscal Plan for Annexation of Baker Farms


Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission

The APC of Tippecanoe County is the multi-jurisdictional planning agency serving the Cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette, the Towns of Battle Ground, Clarks Hill and Dayton, and unincorporated Tippecanoe County. Created in 1959, its 3 primary functions are:

  • Comprehensive Planning (plans and policies to shape the future)
  • Current Planning (zoning and land division ordinances to implement the plans)
  • Transportation Planning (plans and strategies to serve all forms of future transportation needs)
An example of the quality of Milakis Homes. Expect pricing of $275,000 to $400,000 in the new neighborhood. Ranch style homes will be a minimum of 2,000 square feet. Two-story homes will be a minimum of 2,500 square feet.Step up!

An example of the quality of Milakis Homes. Expect pricing of $275,000 to $400,000 in the new neighborhood. Ranch style homes will be a minimum of 2,000 square feet. Two-story homes will be a minimum of 2,500 square feet.Step up!

Milakis Homes

Milakis Homes is a custom home builder serving Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. This family business has thrived on providing a building process that puts the homeowner first by providing a quality product, an open line of communication at all times, and complete transparency throughout the planning, design, and pricing process. Through transparent design and planning process, homeowners are left with little to question as their dream home progresses through the different stages of the build. 

Click the button to see many more homes of the kind you can expect to see in the new neighborhood.

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Rural by Design: Planning for Town and Country

Author Randall Arendt notes the concept of rurality is partly a state of mind, and partly an attitude that can inform local planning processes to help communities maintain elements of their natural and cultural landscape as they cope with the challenges of dealing with changes caused by growth pressures. In dealing with such challenges, many residents and officials look for ways to combine the best of both worlds, as they try to shape growth so it does not obliterate their natural heritage and replace what is left of their once-rural character with generic suburban sprawl. Readers will find practical advice about planning for the way we live now. 


Small Town Planning Handbook 3rd Edition

For decades, The Small Town Planning Handbook has helped small towns and rural communities plan for change. It is a step-by-step guide to drafting and implementing a comprehensive plan through zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and capital improvements programs, with sensitivity to local character and limited resources.

The third edition shows how technologies such as GIS and the Internet can improve the planning process. This edition contains a wealth of information on ways to maintain or improve the design of small towns and explains how to create a small town economic development plan. The authors emphasize strategic planning for economic, social, and environmental sustainability both in remote towns and in towns on the edge of metropolitan regions.

The authors are planners with more than six decades of experience in small towns, rural counties, and planning departments-including hundreds of evenings before rural planning commissions.

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American Planning Association

APA members are planners, commissioners, public officials, educators, students, and engaged citizens who are committed to creating vital communities. The Knowledge Center provides thousands of documents and planning artifacts for the 37,000 members.

Send a useful link, Grasshopper!

Send a useful link, Grasshopper!

Here is a useful link for planning Dayton's future.