City of Portage, Indiana

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Planning Commission

The primary duty of the plan commission is to develop and recommend to the City Council a plan for the future of the community and to approve development plans and proposals from all entities, public and private. 
Under Indiana law, plan commissions are responsible for the following:
  • Preparing a comprehensive plan.
  • Preparing a zoning ordinance and a subdivision control ordinance
  • Making recommendations to the legislative body on proposals to amend the text of the zoning ordinance or subdivision control ordinance.
  • Making recommendations to the legislative body on proposals to amend the zoning map (rezonings).
  • Approving or denying proposals to subdivide land, based upon compliance with the subdivision control ordinance.
  • Approving development plans.
  • Assigning street addresses.
The Planning Division of the Department of Community Development acts as the Commission's administrative arm, providing the long and short range planning services for the City of Portage such as reviewing development plans and guiding developers through the application process. The Department coordinates citizen input and development needs with urban planning best practices to produce guidelines for future growth and development in Portage. 

Plan Commission Members

4 year term, 9 members:  5 citizens (w/minimum of 2 from each political party) appointed by Mayor, 1 annual appointed by BOW, 1 annual appointed by Council, 1 annual appointed by Park Board, Engineer by title. 

Member Appointment Type 

Ken Lorenz
Austin Bonta 
Larry Widner
James Hazzard
Denise Little 
Steven Mann
Jeff Scheub
Scott Williams
John Hannon


Michael Handlon
A.J. Monroe
Kurt Knutsen 

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Development Review 

Development Review Committee 

 The DRC is a sub-committee of the Planning Commission with the technical expertise to review proposed projects in detail and make recommendations to the Planning Commission. The activities of the DRC are described below.

(a) Review and approve site plans.
(b) Review and make recommendations to the plan commission regarding primary and secondary plats.
(c) Other duties as assigned by the plan commission, including, but not limited to, reviewing requests for annexation, change of zoning, and planned developments.

DRC Membership

James Hazzard - Planning Commission member Kurt Knutsen - Planning and Zoning Sandy McDaniel - City project manager
Chris Kender - Fire safety and inspections Andy Maletta - Director of Economic Dvelopment John Hannon - City engineer
David Littleton - Sanitary and Stormwater Doug - Sweeney - Building Commissioner

Development Reviewer:

Kurt Knutsen

Contact Us

Kurt Knutsen,
Planner - Development Review

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6070 Central Ave
Portage, IN 46368
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