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The Pontiac Street Rezoning project will be the first proactive zoning project completed as outlined in Community & Pride from the Southeast Strategy Update.  

Project Overview

The City of Fort Wayne Community Development Staff collaborate with neighborhood and community leaders to develop neighborhood and sub-area plans.  Often these plans include recommendations to rezone areas or corridors to a more appropriate zoning district for the actual land uses, or to encourage more compatible land uses and development patterns for the neighborhood.  The Southeast Strategy Update (2021) is an example of a recent plan that includes recommendations for specific areas, including the rezoning of portions of the East Pontiac corridor.

Community Development Staff and Department of Planning Services Staff are collaborating as the Proactive Rezoning Work Group.  We are working on this rezoning initiative, as well as other areas that would benefit from stabilization and redevelopment.  In the past, a neighborhood was responsible for gathering property owner signatures of support to request a zoning change, which is a challenging task for any group.  This collaborative effort will eliminate the need for signatures, and the team will present the request for rezoning to the Plan Commission instead.

A rezoning request is filed with the Department of Planning Services, to be placed on the Fort Wayne Plan Commission Public Hearing Agenda.  Staff will process the request, placing a public notice in the Fort Wayne newspaper, sending courtesy notice letters to surrounding property owners as well as the neighborhood associations, and placing public hearing signs in the neighborhood.  Staff also creates zoning maps and prepares a staff report which will be sent to the Plan Commission members and is available for viewing on the DPS website https://www.allencounty.us/department-of-planning-services.

The public hearing is held for review of the request, at which time property owners and the public can give input and ask questions.  Letters and emails can also be sent to DPS ahead of the public hearing.  One week later the Plan Commission will meet to make a recommendation to send to City Council.  Council usually meets a few weeks later to make their final decision.

Staff can be reached during any phase of this process by calling 260-449-7607 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Fort Wayne Community Development staff can also be reached at 260-427-2181.

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Project Team

Russ Garriott, Senior Planner - Planning & Policy

Sherese Fortriede, Senior Planner - Planning & Policy

Michelle Wood, Senior Planner - Department of Planning Services

Nathan Law, Planner II - Planning & Policy

Nathan Schall, Associate Planner - Department of Planning Services

Project Objectives

  1. Implement the Southeast Strategy Update goal as outlined in Community & Pride by providing more appropriate zoning for the actual land use. 
  2. Encourage more compatible land uses and development patterns that support the adjacent neighborhoods. 
  3. Support future development along the Pontiac Street corridor. 


Project Schedule

Pontiac Rezoning Initiative Timeline
Oct 6, 2022 Open House 5:30 P.M to 7:00 P.M   ACPL Pontiac Branch
Oct 17, 2022 Initiate Rezoning Process with Plan Commission   5:00 P.M. Citizens Square, Rm 035  
Nov 1, 2022 Filing Deadline to Plan Commission 5:00 P.M. Citizens Square, Ste 150
Dec 2, 2022 Public Notice and Property Owner Mailing    
Dec 12, 2022 FW Plan Commission Public Hearing 5:30 P.M. Citizens Square, Rm 035
Dec 19, 2022 FW Plan Commission Business Meeting 5:30 P.M Citizens Square, Rm 030
Jan of 2023 City Council Discussion and Adoption (TBD) 5:30 P.M. Citizens Square, Rm 035

Project Consistent with Plans

Southeast Strategy Update

All In Allen Comprehensive Plan (pending adoption) 

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