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Evansville Smart Growth Plan

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.


Community Input

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 Evansville!


Frequently Asked Questions:


What is “Smart Growth” planning?

  • 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 the future.

  • Required Elements:

  1. Issues and Opportunities

  2. Housing

  3. Transportation

  4. Utilities and Community Facilities

  5. Economic Development

  6. Agricultural, Natural and Cultural Resources

  7. Intergovernmental Cooperation

  8. Land Use

  9. Implementation


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 that vision.

  • 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 survey.

  • 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 amendment process.

  • Community survey

  • Public informational meetings

  • Existing public forums - Energy Fair, Family Night, etc.

  • Newspaper articles

  • Displays at City Hall, Library

  • Information on City website

  • Social media


THE PLAN (2005)

Executive Summary
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Issues and Opportunities
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 Cooperation
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)



Ord. 2005-17: adoption of plan, with modifications

Ord. 2006-1: change seven parcels on Union Street to commercial/retail/office

Ord. 2006-21: change parcel on Cemetery Road to rural residential

Ord. 2006-24: change four parcels south of Porter Road to agricultural/undeveloped

Ord. 2006-22: change parcel on South Madison Street to government/institutional

Ord. 2006-23: change parcel on Exchange Street to light industrial

Ord. 2006-28: change transportation map

Ord. 2006-35: change parcel on West Church Street to commercial/retail/office

Ord. 2007-11: change parcel on North Fourth Street to walkable neighborhood and neighborhood activity center

Ord. 2007-12: change transportation and land use maps

Ord. 2008-13: change two parcels off North Fourth Street to walkable neighborhood

Ord. 2008-14: change parcel on Evansville-Brooklyn Road to rural residential

Ord. 2008-22: change six parcels off Maple and East Church Streets to commercial/retail/office

Ord. 2011-04: Transportation, Utilities, and Land Use in Future Growth Area

Amendment adopted by Ordinance 2011-04


THE PROCESS (2005 Plan)
Issues and Concerns (2000)
Comprehensive Planning Schedule
Kick-off Meeting
Current Planning Activities (03-04) (40 k)
Program Overview
Evansville in 20 Years?
Opportunities to Participate
Survey Results (2004)


MEETINGS (2005 Plan)
Intergovernmental Smart growth Meeting - Oct. '03
Meeting January '04
Meeting July '04
Meetings August '04
Meeting October '04
Meeting April '05



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