In 2008, Fort Wayne and Allen County leaders wisely combined the two separate planning and zoning departments into one Department of Planning Services. But the consolidated department was still responsible for enforcing two separate sets of rules and regulations.
For about the last four years, the joint department has been working to rectify that problem by completely overhauling those laws.
The theory is having an identical set of rules will make enforcement easier as well as make it easier for developers because the rules will be the same no matter where they want to build.
The planning department is holding a series of three meetings today and Wednesday to gather public comments on the third phase of the ongoing Allen County-Fort Wayne Zoning Ordinance Update project. This phase of the ordinance includes rules governing permitted uses for commercial and industrial zones, and general development standards, which regulates things such as parking, landscape and signs.
The proposed ordinance is available at www.allencounty.us/dps.
The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department offers an impressive variety of inexpensive summer programs to keep children active this summer.
The offerings include soccer, T-ball, softball, basketball and flag football.
The deadline for early registration is Wednesday. There may be openings in some programs after the deadline, but there is an additional $10 fee.
There is also the Lifetime Sports Academy, which is free and gives children professional instruction in golf, swimming and tennis.
For more information, or to register for classes, call 427-6000 or visit www.fortwayneparks.org. Beginning June 10, the academy can be reached directly at 427-6760.
To reduce pollution runoff into the rivers, Fort Wayne City Utilities is encouraging residents to install rain gardens. Rain gardens help control stormwater runoff by holding the water where it falls. Specially selected landscaping and plants give the water a chance to soak back into the ground rather than going directly into the sewer system
The city is holding free workshops to teach interested residents how rain gardens work and how to build one.