About the Plan

About the Plan

The City of Monroe, in partnership with Rundell Ernstberger Associates, has begun a process to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  This planning process will outline a vision and strategic framework for future development, redevelopment, and community capital projects within the City.  It will also ensure that Monroe continues to maintain a high quality of life for residents and is competitive economically.  The current comprehensive plan was created in 2010 and since then, the City has seen significant growth. Concurrently, other adjacent governments have updated or are in the process of updating their Comprehensive Plans.  Given all the present opportunities and growth that has occurred in Monroe, a new comprehensive plan is needed.

The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to guide Monroe’s Council, Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Park and Recreation Board, and staff regarding the type, location, and intensity of development and redevelopment in the City.  It will describe an aspirational vision and contain several goals and recommendations related to future land use, transportation improvements, quality of life initiatives, and economic development efforts; implementation policies; and project priorities. As part of this plan, a couple of subareas will be selected for more detail analysis and recommendations.

Existing Conditions

Existing Zoning Map

This map shows the existing zoning of the City. This means that development on a plot of land that is zoned in a particular way can either be developed outright or go through a rezoning process to allow for a particular type of development. One example where a rezone would have to happen would be developing residential housing on industrial zoned property.

The future land use map does NOT dictate development or mean properties in an existing zone that does not align with the future land use has to change. 

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Vision Statement

Monroe is an economically diverse community with small town charm focused on quality growth and development, family-centered amenities, and creating a vibrant quality of life for all.

Goal Statements

Goal statements have been created for various topics in the plan. These goal statements set the tone for development decisions for the City’s physical, social, and economic environment. 

Land Use

Monroe will achieve a more cohesive and balanced development pattern that strengthens residential neighborhoods and grows the job base  while offering more diverse and unique places to enhance the character  of Monroe, promote quality development, target strategic  redevelopment, protect natural assets, responsibly grow the school  district, and minimize impacts to City resources.

Future Land Use Map

The Future Land Use Map is a guide for future development patterns and growth that the City would like to see happen. This was developed using public input and multiple Steering Committee meetings to finalize the map. The land use and zoning of a property is different: the land use of a property is what the main use of the property is where the zoning is the type of development that could go on that piece of property. 

The land use descriptions are helpful in explaining the development shown on the Future Land Use map. The handout will explain the type of development and provide imagery for how development could look in these areas, either in design, layout and building orientation, or materials used in the overall design.

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Future Land Use Map

Future Land Use Descriptions

The land use descriptions are helpful in explaining the development shown on the Future Land Use map. The handout will explain the type of development and provide imagery for how development could look in these areas, either in design, layout and building orientation, or materials used in the overall design.

Housing

Monroe will encourage a wide range of quality housing including townhomes, apartments, condominiums, and single-family detached homes.

Economic Development

Monroe will be an economically sustainable city with a diverse tax base and high-wage jobs while protecting the community’s character.

Transportation

Monroe will have a safe, accessible, and well-connected multi-modal transportation system that addresses vehicular congestion, supports the desired land use pattern; promotes physical activity, health, and wellness; and serves the needs of Monroe’s residents, businesses, institutions, and industries.

Future Transportation Map

The Future Transportation Map looks at future road connections, existing roadway improvements, intersection improvements, and the location of future gateways. This graphic is a general guide that pairs with the recommendations in the Transportation Chapter and provides reasoning for why these recommendations have been made. 

This was created based on a preliminary needs analysis. Additional traffic studies will need to be conducted as development in Monroe expands and new roads are developed in the future. 

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Quality of Life

Monroe will be a resilient place to live, build a career, do business, eat, shop, and recreate, making it the preferred place to call home in the region.

Future Recreation Map

The Future Recreation Map looks at possible future park development and the development of a complete trails system for the City. This was developed to increase Quality of Life amenities for families and increase multi-modal connectivity throughout Monroe using trails and sidewalks.

This was created based on a preliminary needs analysis. Additional studies will need to be conducted as development in Monroe expands. It is recommended that sidewalks and trails are developed simultaneously with roadway improvements or development to reduced total construction time and determine funding needs for projects.

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Downtown

Monroe will reinvigorate the downtown by strategically planning a genuine community gathering space that fosters public private partnerships for varied residential opportunities, creates jobs through business attraction and retention, and caters to a pedestrian-oriented environment with generation bridging activities.

Stay in the know

How to get Involved

As a part of updating the Comprehensive Plan, public and stakeholder input is necessary and vital to creating a successful plan. This input helps to focus on areas where more detailed analysis may be needed to develop appropriate goals and recommendations.

Click the button below to view current and past community surveys and results, information about future meetings, and past meeting presentations.


Document Center

As the Comprehensive Plan is developed, materials will be uploaded for you to view including finalized materials and drafts of chapters. This page will be updated and used for community feedback purposes.

Click the button below to view any draft materials prepared by the consultant to review. This will include draft chapters of the Comprehensive Plan, maps, and graphics. Materials found on the "Get Involved" page may also be found on the "Document Center" page as content is finalized throughout the process.