Population: 5,942,901
Counties: 92
Governor Frank O'Bannon

Key Laws/Administrative Actions

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Source:  Pew Center on the States & Changing Direction:  Federal Transportation Spending in the 1990s. Surface Transportation Policy Project

For detailed information on Indiana's planning and zoning statutes, please go to the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Key Laws:
For an overview of Illinois's planning and zoning statutes, see a summary provided by the American Planning Association.

HEA 1909 Environmental Remediation Revolving Loan Fund (1999)
As part of Indiana’s Brownfields Initiative, Gov. Frank O’Bannon signed into law House Enrolled Act 1909. HEA 1909 allows for the Indiana Development Finance Authority (IDFA) to deposit appropriations or other money received under the Environmental Remediation Revolving Loan Fund Program into a subaccount of the Environmental Remediation Revolving Loan Fund.  If the project meets community determined economic development goals, it could be eligible to receive forgivable loans for up to 20 percent of the loaned amount.  This fund would be used to award forgivable loans to political subdivisions for remediation or other brownfield redevelopment activities:

  • Involves an abandoned gas station or underground storage tank.
  • Is located within one-half mile of a child care center, home or institution; a school age child care program; or an elementary or secondary school attended by students in kindergarten through grade 12.
A political subdivision must develop and meet economic development or redevelopment goals and a schedule for their attainment specific to the loan project. These goals can include nonbusiness use such as parks or green space.  Not more than 20 percent of the total amount of a loan for an eligible brownfield project may be forgiven.  In addition to the loan terms, the financial assistance agreement for a project to be financed with a forgivable loan must specify economic development or redevelopment goals for the project.  When used with other programs, a forgivable loan can greatly enhance a community’s ability to address environmental concerns at brownfield properties. For further information, please contact Greta Hawvermale or Kyle Hendrix, or visit the IDFA or IDEM web site.

For an overview of Indiana's brownfields programs, please go to

Administrative Actions:
Executive Order 9727, Hoosier Farmland Preservation Task Force (1997)
The 19-member Task Force was initiated by Indiana Governor O'Bannon due to the public concern over the environmental, economic, and social effects of Indiana rapidly vanishing farmland.  Specifically the Task Force was responsible for the following:

  • Examine historical trends, causes and consequences of the conversion of agricultural land to non-agricultural uses. 
  • Identify voluntary methods and incentives for preserving and maintaining land for agricultural production.
  • Provide recommendations for enhancing the continued vitality of agricultural activity and for protecting constitutional private property rights.                 To read the final report of the Task Force (distributed in 1999) go to
Indiana Land Use on the Edge:  Report of theIndiana Agriculture and Natural Resource Land Use Working Group
Additional information about this report can be obtained from:
Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture
150 West Market Street, Suite 414
Indianapolis, IN 47960

Hoosier Environmental Council
In 1983, the Hoosier Environmental Council was established by environmental leaders throughout Indiana to preserve and protect our state's water, land, air, plants and animals.  HEC has grown from a handful of members to Indiana's
largest environmental organization, with more than 40,000 members. The Council also has 67 organization members. 

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