The University Parkway Corridor Plan makes recommendations for a moderate amount of growth in the corridor that will be compatible with the surrounding land uses, and will not degrade the ability of the Parkway or the general road network to efficiently carry future traffic. Specific examples of development recommended for the southern portion of the corridor includes low density residential uses, neighborhood, commercial, mixed use and a technology park. In the remainder of the corridor, the existing agricultural uses and natural resource features are recommended to be preserved. An overlay zone is also proposed in conjunction with the Plan as an amendment to the Zoning Code specifically for the corridor to ensure that new development will conform with the policies recommended in the Plan (Appendix A).
The Vanderburgh County Commissioners, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission (APC), and Evansville Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPO) have partnered to create the University Parkway Corridor Management and Land Use Plan. The team of Rundell Ernstberger Associates, Lochmueller Group, and Power’s Engineering Inc assisted the APC and MPO throughout the planning process.
The parkway serves as an important transportation thoroughfare in western Vanderburgh County, connecting State Route 62 and the University of Southern Indiana north to State Route 66. The goal of the corridor plan is to coordinate transportation investments with planned future development. The project area includes approximately 6,000 acres and is bounded by State Road 66 to the north; State Road 62 to the south; Schutte Road, Peerless Road, and Church Road to the east; and the Vanderburgh/Posey county line to the west.
Multiple land use scenarios and transportation system improvements have been evaluated. A preferred land use and transportation system has been recommended along with access management strategies and bicycle and pedestrian facilities to ensure safety and maintain the integrity of the corridor. These recommendations were built off the recently adopted Evansville-Vanderburgh County Comprehensive Plan 2015-2035 and other existing plans related to the area. The planning process included a review of existing conditions, multiple opportunities for public input, recommendations for future development and infrastructure improvements, and potential amendments to the zoning ordinance to ensure future development meets the vision and intent of the corridor plan.
The Plan is in it's final phase of public review. The Area Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on June 6, 2019 to consider the final draft for adoption. The County Commissioners will hold a second public hearing to consider adoption of the Plan following the APC meeting. A date for that meeting has not yet been scheduled (once that meeting date is announced, it will be provided here.)
Please continue to check back to this page for updates on project materials and progress.
There are 8 major sections of the University Parkway Corridor Plan as well as an overlay district that have been created during this process:
Interested citizens are invited to participate in the June 6, 2019 Area Plan Commission meeting to hear a presentation of the final draft of the University Parkway Corridor (UPC) Plan, hear final public comments, and consider the Plan for adoption. This meeting will be held in room 301 of the Civic Center at 3:00 PM. Your input is important to help determine the future of the corridor.
As documents are prepared as part of the University Parkway Corridor Plan, they will be posted here for the public to review and provide comment. Click on a link below to download the pdf file.