Indiana Community University

District Master Plan (ICUD)

Project Overview:

The Indiana Community University District Master Plan is a highly-focused planning effort in the areas around the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) campus.  This project, the first of its kind in Indiana, has been a joint planning initiative developed by Indiana Borough, White Township, IUP, and Indiana County.  It’s specific focus or components include housing, transportation/mobility, open space, and economic development


In April, 2014 the Indiana County Commissioners approved the selection of SmithGroupJJR to lead this joint community - university planning effort.  SmithGroupJJR is one of the nation's largest architecture, engineering and planning firms that employs more than 800 professionals in10 offices and a recognized leader in “campus-edge” planning.


In the fall of 2014, the project brought together residents, developers, students, planners, and design and community development professionals in a series of community design workshops that were held at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.  These multi-day workshops attracted over 500 attendees who were lead through a series of facilitated sessions designed to “rethink” the areas around the IUP campus.  The product of these highly-interactive sessions is a graphic planning document and detailed action strategy designed to implement the ingredients of the Master Plan.


On January 20, 2016, the final draft of the Indiana Community University District Master Plan was released to the public.  A digital copy of the plan can be downloaded from this webpage and a hard-copy is available for review at the municipal offices of all the project partners listed above (Indiana Borough, White Township) and at the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development.


The project was funded through PA Department of Community and Economic Development, Municipal Assistance Program, Local Government Academy, Multi-Municipal Planning Grant, and matching contributions from the project partners.

Plan Documents:

Indiana Community University District Master Plan

Upcoming Meeting & Events:

The final event, the Indiana Community University District Master Plan Open House was held Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at The Artist Hand Gallery in downtown Indiana.

Open House Program

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If you would like more information or would like to be involved...

The Case for Placemaking Workshop (PDF)

Visit us on mySidewalk to join a conversation about the project!

Phone:  (724) 465-3870

Fax 1:  (724) 465-3150

Fax 2:  (724) 465-3151


801 Water St.

Indiana, PA 15701-1705

Office Hours:

 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday EST