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Comp Plan To Be Discussed


Comp Plan To Be Discussed


Last year, the City of Crawfordsville began the process of updating the 2005 Comprehensive Plan.  For the last 12 months a team of City staff, volunteer steering committee members, key stakeholders, consultants, and the public have been refining the vision for Crawfordsville over the next 20 years.  This plan, based on community input, will serve as the City’s roadmap for issues such as land use, redevelopment, housing, economic development, infrastructure, transportation, parks and recreation, and more.  The goals and objectives of this plan are an extension of the City’s quality of place efforts through the Stellar Communities designation.  Those goals are focused on the following: creative place-making focused on community gathering points, promoting wellbeing through trails, parks, and bike/pedestrian friendly improvements, promoting economic growth, engaging residents by tapping into their human capital and energy, harnessing the tremendous power of Crawfordsville’s community of volunteers, and building community pride through aggressive blight elimination and public improvements. 

The project kicked off last August and the city’s consultants, Ratio and CEC, Inc., met with a group of volunteer steering committee members.  The consultants spent two days last fall meeting with key stakeholders including elected and appointed government officials, utilities, education, real estate, industry, residents, business owners, developers, and City staff.  All plans completed by the City in the last five years were reviewed and incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan.  A community workshop took place in November for the public to provide input on the process to help guide the plan.  Public input was a key component of this comprehensive plan because the City wanted the community to take ownership of this plan.  The City used new methods of public participation, and members of the public that had never provided input were able to participate in the process.  The City conducted surveys at The Joshua Cup during Downtown Party Night, and many of the individuals that completed the survey would not have otherwise participated.  Each Steering Committee member was provided a “Do-It-Yourself Planning Kit” and was asked to get five people to participate in a few quick activities to gain more diverse community input.  The City also visited Crawfordsville High School and allowed over 50 high school students the chance to participate in the process.  We gained extremely valuable input from this group of youth, as these are the citizens we would like to retain in our community.  Concurrently to this process, a group of students from Crawfordsville High School participated in the My Community, My Vision program through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and Ball State University.  The students created a vision for Crawfordsville based on youth input, and these goals were all incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan as well.  Throughout the spring, additional steering committee meetings were held to review the goals and objectives for the plan, and another public workshop was held in June for review of the draft plan by residents and businesses. 

The next step for the Comprehensive Plan is adoption.  Indiana law requires that the plan be presented to the Plan Commission for review, and the Plan Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council for adoption.  Prior to making a recommendation, the Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 15th at 5:00 pm.  This meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers at 300 East Pike Street.  A brief overview of the plan will be presented by the consultants, and the public will be invited to provide feedback during a public hearing.  We are very proud that we have been able to incorporate the vision of a much wider variety of Crawfordsville residents, and we look forward to adoption of this plan to begin moving our community forward.  Copies of the plan can be found at www.ratiodesign.com/crawfordsville-comp-plan-update.