Planning Department

The White Township Planning Department works with the Planning Commission as well as developers, engineers, regulatory agencies, and others to administer the Township’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance and help guide individuals through the land development process.  The Planning Department also works with the Township’s Long Range Planning Committee to implement and revisit the White Township Comprehensive Plan as well as develop and refine the Township’s land development regulations to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of White Township.  Chris Anderson oversees all aspects of the Planning Department.  He holds a degree in Regional Planning from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been the head planner in White Township since 2006.

Chapter 275 of the Code of the Township of White is known as the White Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

The Indiana Community University District has been a highly focused planning effort in the areas around the IUP campus.  The project, the first of its kind in Indiana, was a joint planning initiative developed by White Township, Indiana Borough, IUP, and Indiana County.  The project brought together residents, developers, students, planners and design and community development professionals through a series of highly-interactive public design workshops to rethink the areas around IUP campus. 

White Township understands the importance of this highly focused plan for areas adjacent to the IUP campus and will utilize it in their long-range planning efforts.   The Planning Commission has already taken recommendations from the Plan in regard to land development standards including building height, setbacks and buffer yards.  Recommendations were made to the Board of Supervisors who ultimately adopted the updated land use regulations and incorporated them into the White Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance.  The Board of Supervisors listened to the public outreach, including residents and students and are moving forward with items that were brought up at the public workshops and listed in the Master Plan.  These include construction of a dog park and the future planning of sidewalks and trails to more urbanized areas of the Township. 

The White Township Supervisors and Planning Commission will continue to encourage smart growth in the Township and this ICUD Master Plan gives them another tool to continue the development of land use regulations and policies. 


In 2006, The White Township Board of Supervisors created the White Township Agricultural Security Area in accordance with the Agricultural Security Law.  White Township conducts periodic reviews of the Agricultural Security Area pursuant to the law.  Agricultural Security Areas are intended to promote more permanent and viable farming operations over the long term by strengthening the farming community's sense of security in land use and the right to farm.

PA WALKWORKS (coming soon)

MAPS (coming soon)