Thank you for visiting the Hancock County Trails Plan. The Final Plan was adopted on December 4, 2018. The new plan will amend the 2012 Trails plan. A copy of the Final Plan document, the Final Plan map, and the 2012 Trails Delta Map are available for viewing on this website. Please click on the Final Plan Link above to view them.
The process and schedule page outlines the over 8 month process to complete the plan. While we did not contact every property owner due to the size of the plan, we did hold seven public meetings around the county and advertised each meeting. Public open houses were held in Wilkinson, Fortville, New Palestine, and Greenfield. Draft plan presentations were held at NineStar and the Buck Creek Fire Station in Mt. Comfort. The 43 members of the steering committee sent out information via social media, we had an online survey, public outreach was done at several area festivals, and we maintained an email contact list of over 1000 people.
The final plan is a vision of what the trail network might look like in 25 to 30 years. It is a vision that will increase property values, attract businesses, attract residents, help retain the younger generation, promote agricultural tourism, increase the overall health of the community, and increase community pride.
The plan does NOT do several things: The plan neither endorses nor proposes the condemnation (or “taking”) of land through an eminent domain process. It does not assess the technical feasibility of placing trails in particular locations, and it does not provide construction details for trails. The plan does not encourage or require the county to contact land owners to acquire land. The plan is intended to provide a broad vision for trail locations and design guidelines for trail construction. The plan is not “set in stone” and should be reviewed periodically as development occurs throughout the county.