Every ten years, Evansville updates its Smart Growth Plan,
which provides a vision for the future of the City. The
Smart Growth Plan covers topics ranging from economic
development to transportation to housing - all issues which
affect the daily lives of our residents. Starting in
early 2014, we are beginning the review of Evansville's Smart
Growth Plan for the ten year update in spring 2015.
Survey (Jan 2014) - Every
household in Evansville will have the opportunity to respond
to this survey. Your opinions will be used, along with
the opinions of your fellow residents, to ensure the City's
Smart Growth Plan meets the community's needs. Please
take 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey you received in
the mail and provide your input on City issues. The
survey response deadline is February 7, so please complete and
return the survey promptly.
Later in the process, we'll have public
information meetings, displays, and social media for
additional information and input.
Thank you for your part in planning a better
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is “Smart Growth”
State Statute 66.1001 requires
governmental bodies that conduct land use planning
activities (ie zoning, subdivision ordinances, etc.) to
adopt a comprehensive plan containing all of the elements
required by the “Smart Growth” statute. This plan must
undergo a major update, or amendment, every 10 years.
Statues do not tell local
governments what to do with their communities; they direct
governments to address nine elements to better plan for
Issues and Opportunities
Utilities and Community Facilities
Agricultural, Natural and Cultural
How does the City of Evansville
use its Smart Growth plan?
The Smart Growth plan is used by
staff, elected officials, and appointed officials in the
City to guide decision-making processes.
The plan provides a vision for the
future and outlines recommendations for how to achieve
Various elements of the plan are
relevant to each of the City’s departments. For instance,
the Utilities and Community Facilities Element includes
recommendations related to shared services, which many
departments can pursue.
The Plan Commission is one of the
primary bodies that uses the Smart Growth plan. The plan
is referenced when the Plan Commission and staff review
development proposals. Developers are encouraged to
familiarize themselves with the Smart Growth plan, and the
future land use map in particular, when determining where
to site a new development.
Why is the City of Evansville
doing “Smart Growth” planning now?
The City adopted its current Smart
Growth plan in 2005.
Statutes require a major update to
the plan every 10 years.
Need to begin updating the 2005
plan now to ensure adoption of amendment by June 2015.
Where are we at in the “Smart
Growth” planning process (Jan 2014)?
We are at the “plan for planning”
stage. Staff is currently developing a timeline for
the plan update process and soliciting direction from
stakeholders (you) in the development of the community
Much of the demographic data that
needs to be updated in the Smart Growth Plan was compiled
during the park and open space planning process.
The Smart Growth Legislation
mandates public participation throughout the planning process.
Below are some examples of public engagement strategies that
may be employed by the City during the Smart Growth plan
Public informational meetings
Existing public forums - Energy
Fair, Family Night, etc.
Displays at City Hall, Library
Information on City website
THE PLAN (2005)
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Issues and
Chapter 3: Community Profile
Chapter 4: Housing (3.7 M)
Chapter 5: Transportation
Chapter 6: Utilities and Community
Facilities (6.8 M)
Chapter 7: Agricultural, Natural & Cultural Resources (6.1M)
Chapter 8: Economic Development (1M)
Chapter 9: Existing Land Use(4.3 M)
Chapter 10: Future Land
Use (20 M)
Chapter 11: Intergovernmental
Chapter 12: Implementation
Interim Future Land
Use Map (Sept 2007 update)
Future Land Use Map (June 2011 update)
Natural Resources Map (3.7 M)
Transportation Plan Map (June2011 update)
Water Facility Plan Map (June 2011)
Sanitary Sewer Facility Plan Map (June 2011)
adoption of plan, with modifications
change seven parcels on Union Street to
change parcel on Cemetery Road to rural residential
change four parcels south of Porter Road to
change parcel on South Madison Street to
change parcel on Exchange Street to light industrial
change transportation map
change parcel on West Church Street to
change parcel on North Fourth Street to walkable neighborhood
and neighborhood activity center
change transportation and land use maps
change two parcels off North Fourth Street to walkable
change parcel on Evansville-Brooklyn Road to rural residential
change six parcels off Maple and East Church Streets to
Transportation, Utilities, and Land Use in Future Growth Area
Amendment adopted by Ordinance 2011-04
THE PROCESS (2005 Plan)
Issues and Concerns
Comprehensive Planning Schedule
Activities (03-04) (40 k)
Evansville in 20 Years?
Survey Results (2004)
MEETINGS (2005 Plan)
Smart growth Meeting - Oct. '03
Meeting January '04
Meeting July '04
Meetings August '04
Meeting October '04
Meeting April '05