Adam Rude

Staff Bio

Serving as Director of the City of Shelbyville’s Planning and Building Department, Adam is responsible for overseeing various community development projects and administering local land use and building policies within the City of Shelbyville, including planning and zoning, code enforcement, and all applicable building codes.  Working under the leadership of Mayor Tom DeBaun, Adam and his staff collaborate with other city departments to improve the quality of life of existing and future city residents while facilitating growth and investment in the community.

Prior to being appointed to the position of Director, Adam served as the Deputy Planning Director for the Department. As Deputy Director of the City of Shelbyville’s Planning Department, Adam was charged with seeing that the community’s adopted comprehensive plan and other related planning documents and efforts were successfully implemented using the different tools available to him. Implementation of these planning efforts occur during close collaboration with all interested parties during the review and approval of both public and private developments. Working under the leadership of Director Bryant Niehoff and Mayor Tom DeBaun, Adam was able to collaborate with other members of the Planning and Building Department along with developers and community members to continually implement the community’s vision that has been established in the City of Shelbyville’s Comprehensive Plan.

A 2016 graduate of the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning, Adam received his bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development with a minor in Computer Technologies. Before starting with the City of Shelbyville, Adam had interned in both the public and private sectors of planning working for The Fayette County Plan Commission, CHA Consulting Inc, and Mendenhall and Associates. In these different positions Adam gained experience by working on a range of project types all throughout the Midwest Region of the country and primarily in Central Indiana. Some of the major projects Adam was involved in before starting with the City of Shelbyville include; a TIGER Grant submittal for the Monument Circle Reconstruction Project, a comprehensive plan update for Greensburg Indiana, a land use plan update for Franklin Tennessee, and a major thoroughfares plan for Franklin Tennessee.

Towards the end of his final semester at Ball State University in 2016, Adam began working in his current capacity with the City of Shelbyville. Since that time, Adam has become involved in the development and implementation of many of the quality of life efforts the city is currently undertaking such as; Shelbyville’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, the Shelbyville Youth Action Plan, the Downtown Opportunities Plan, and the development of The Mayor’s Youth Council. Aside from his work with the City of Shelbyville, Adam is an active member of the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association and currently serves as a member of the Awards Committee.

Director of Planning and Building

Phone: (317) 392-5102 x 306

Shelbyville City Hall
44 W Washington Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176