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2015 Evansville Smart Growth Plan

What is a Smart Growth plan?

 The City must update its Smart Growth Plan every 10 years to better reflect the resident’s vision for the City. The original plan was adopted in 2005. The Smart Growth Plan covers topics ranging from economic development to transportation to housing, which affect the daily lives of our residents. As a legal document, the visions established in the plan help the City to shape its ordinances and future development to match those visions. 

Where are we at in the “Smart Growth” planning process (Fall 2015)?

·         A Draft of the plan has been reviewed by Plan Commission

·         September 1st, 2015: Plan Commission will review a final draft and recommend approval to Common Council

·         September 8th, 2015: Common Council will review final draft

·         October 13th, 2015: Public hearing and final adoption of the plan.


2015 Smart Growth Draft 4

2015 Comprehensive Plan


Chapter 1:  Executive Summary

Chapter 2: Introduction

Chapter 3:  Issues and Opportunities

Chapter 4:  Housing

Chapter 5:  Transportation

Chapter 6:  Utilities & Community Facilities

Chapter 7:  Agricultural, Natural, & Culutral Resources

Chapter 8:  Economic Development

Chapter 9:  Existing Land Use

Chapter 10:  Future Land Use

Chapter 11:  Integovernmental Coop.

Chapter 12:  Implementation


2015 Smart Growth Maps

Map 5.1  Future Transportation

Map 6.1  Sanitary Sewer Service Areas

Map 6.2  Storm Water Service Area

Map 6.3  Water System Service Area

Map 6.4  Utilities and Community Facilities

Map 7.1 Natural Features and Development Challenges

Map 8.1  Current TIF Districts

Map 9.1  Existing Land Use

Map 9.2  Zoning Map

 Map 10.1  Future Land Use


Community Input--How you can participate

We value your input! There are many ways you can participate in the Smart Growth Plan Update. Follow the link here or on the following link to complete a visual preference survey and help us plan for Evansville’s future. The visual preference survey uses images and helps to clarify data and input gathered through other methods. 


If you have any input about the Evansville Smart Growth Plan or visions for the future of Evansville please email smartgrowth@ci.evansville.wi.gov.

Any questions or if you want feedback, please email Community Development Director Jason Sergeant at jason.sergeant@ci.evansville.wi.gov .

Regular discussions regarding the plan update and development review occurs at the monthly Plan Commission meetings at City Hall. We encourage members of the public to participate in these discussions. 

Community Survey Results (Jan 2014)

 The response to the community survey was wonderful.  The response rate was 34.2%, which is higher than most comparable surveys.  We appreciate the time and effort of everyone who completed the survey.  The opinions provided by you will be extraordinarily helpful in planning for the future of your community.  Below is a link to the results of the community survey.

2014 Community Survey Results



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.




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


2005 Smart Growth Plan

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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