Indiana Land Use Summit highlights innovations in land use
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Hoosiers passionate about land use planning for agriculture
and natural resources can now register for the Indiana Land Use Summit workshop hosted by Purdue
Extension and the Indiana Land Resources Council.
The virtual workshop will convene on September 8, 9, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ET. A policy update panel with the American Planning Association-Indiana chapter, Indiana Farm
Bureau, The Nature Conservancy and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture kicks off the
workshop with an overview of the key legislative outcomes impacting land use decision making
from the 2021 Legislative Session.
Keynote speaker Matthew Mazzotta will discuss community-specific public projects that
integrate new forms of civic participation and social engagement into the built environment. The
closing speaker, Sarah Banas Mills, will address land use considerations of solar energy, especially
for those largest installations, and the positive and negative local impacts of these projects.
Attendees can choose from three concurrent sessions of nine presentations with themes of
climate change and renewable energy community planning, community engagement processes for
land use planning and innovations in environmental planning.
“Climate change planning and renewable energy are at the forefront of land use planning
discussions. We look forward to sharing the perspectives of Indiana community leaders on
innovations and implementations of environmental planning initiatives and how they fit into broader
land use objectives in local communities,” said Kara Salazar, assistant program leader and Extension
specialist for sustainable communities.
Katie Nelson, executive director of the Indiana Land Resources Council, notes the
importance of this event for communities across Indiana.
“The Indiana Land Resources Council (ILRC) is excited to partner with Purdue Extension
and other key stakeholders to increase involvement in the community planning process,” said
Nelson. “This event ties well into the ILRC’s mission of assisting local and state decision-makers
with land use tools and policies. Our goal for this planning summit is to ensure that county
governments, organizers, planners and citizens have a comprehensive understanding of different
approaches their communities can take on key land use issues.”
Purdue Extension’s Land Use Team, Hoosiers for Renewables and Indiana Farm Bureau will
also unveil the survey results from a comprehensive study on land use regulations for wind and solar
renewable energy and trends related to climate change planning in Indiana.
Register for the workshop at http://www.purdue.edu/conferences/INLandUseSummit2021.
For more information, contact Kara Salazar at firstname.lastname@example.org.