Corridor Plan

University parkway CORRIDOR PLAN DRAFT 2019

Evansville Vanderburgh County, IN About The Study


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.

A corridor plan is a more detailed study of an area adjacent to a major economic corridor. The plan focuses on land use, transportation and access management, and aesthetics and enhancement. This ensures that land use and infrastructure investments are coordinated and a design vision is established for all aspects of the corridor as it develops over time. The typically planning horizon 20 to 25 year horizon period. For this project, the plan will address milestone years of 2016 as the base condition, 2025, 2035 and 2040.

There are 8 major sections of the University Parkway Corridor Plan as well as an overlay district that have been created during this process:

  • 1. Existing Conditions: Existing conditions in the corridor were reviewed and updated including land use, zoning development policies, socio-economic data, transportation, and utility infrastructure. A complete picture of the area surrounding University Parkway has been established to form a good basis for decision-making during the planning process.

  • 2. Vision: The vision is the overall future state of the area at the culmination of 15-20 years of implementation of this plan. The overall vision guides the development of the objectives, programs, and policies of the plan. The vision should be bold and innovative, yet pragmatic and realistically achievable. Stakeholders, the public, and the steering committee all have had input into creating a strong overall vision for the corridor.

  • 3. Land Use Framework: A series of 3 land use scenarios were developed highlighting different levels of future development for the corridor - 1) A high level of growth currently allowed under the existing Zoning & Subdivision Codes; 2) Moderate development; and 3) A very low level of development. The existing conditions data were analyzed to convey the impacts of each scenario regarding development. The land use scenario that develops in the area determines the future improvements and the timeframe in which they need to be completed. Of the scenarios studied, Scenario #2 is recommended as the one that most closely conforms to the community's vision for the area.

  • 4. Transportation and Utility Framework: Balancing infrastructure improvements, access management, and level of service while accommodating growth and development will be a primary goal of the plan. Based on the existing infrastructure and the amount of growth in the preferred land use scenario, recommendations are identified for future transportation improvements and utility extensions.

  • 5. Aesthetic Framework: Based on the final scenario, visual and aesthetic standards for the corridor have been developed that will help to unify development and create a brand along University Parkway. This would entail developing landscape concepts, cross sections, potential materials, and planting suggestions, many of which have been incorporated into the zoning recommendations.

  • 6. Implementation Plan: Although the vision and goals provide overall direction for the plan, the actual objectives, programs and policies provide a defined and measurable action for implementation. Each objective, program or policy includes an action plan for implementation. Key elements of each project/program/policy are described such as timeframe, lead agency, type of program (policy, administration, project), cost estimate and potential funding.

  • 7. Draft and Final Plans: The product of this process, a final draft plan and draft overlay district have been created and are available to the public for final review. After the public review period, these documents will proceed to be considered for adoption in public meetings by the APC and County Commissioners.

  • 8. Overlay District: Based on the recommendations for land use, transportation and aesthetics, an overlay district has been developed that, if adopted, will implement those recommendations. An overlay district is a special set of requirements for an area that is drawn on top of base zoning districts. The overlay district can either add or remove standards from the base district in order to achieve a different pattern or characteristics of growth. The purpose of this is to tailor the development to the corridor without impacting the base zoning districts throughout the County.

As this is a roadmap for future development along the corridor, the County Commissioners, APC and EMPO have involved residents, businesses, civic and non-profit institutions into the process through stakeholder focus groups, on-line engagement and public meetings. This variety of people have helped to craft a well-balanced vision and strategy for the corridor. The County Commissioners hired Rundell Ernstberger Associates as the firm to manage the process, lead the land use planning, and establish the aesthetic framework and the overlay district. The Lochmueller Group has overseen the transportation planning, and the infrastructure planning has been addressed by Powers Engineering.
The County’s comprehensive plan is a general 20 year policy guide. The land use map highlights this area as a key area for future development. The corridor plan will be adopted as a subarea plan to the comprehensive plan, providing more detail about what should happen along the corridor and when. The vision, goals and objectives of this plan should be consistent with the comprehensive plan.
The plan started in the summer of 2017 and will be completed by late summer 2018.

Get Involved

We have crafted the University Parkway Corridor Plan and process to provide opportunities for residents, businesses, and other civic and non-profit partners to communicate their vision for the corridor and identify what issues are most important for the Consultant team to address along this corridor now and in the future. We strongly desire community involvement and encourage citizen participation in this process. We know that the success of this planning effort will depend on engaging our community, so we have provided multiple ways for you to get involved. This website is just one of the many ways you can participate. Click on a link below to find out more.





3:00 p.m, Thursday, June 6, 2019


City Council Chambers, Room 301, Civic Center Complex, Administration Building, Evansville, Indiana


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.




Area Plan Commission Meeting to Consider UPC Plan Adoption: June 6, 2019


Special Area Plan Commission Public Meeting:

Sept. 29, 2018

Open House: May 22, 2018

UPC Plan Public Meeting 1: Sept. 18, 2017

Iamge Description


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.

Frequently asked questions

What are the future development Plans for USI?

What are the potential impacts to property values?

Will there be other infrastructure upgrades (internet, phone, fiber)?

What mitigation strategies are there for noise?

What is a Technology Center?

How are water and sewer improvements being funded along University Pkwy?

Emergency Services – would growth overextend existing services? What are the impacts/costs to emergency services?

How will future development impact stormwater drainage?

Who is proposing development?

TIF – What is it, where are funds allocated and what are the impacts on residents?

Are there plans for annexation in the study area?

What are the impacts of industrial development?

What is the intended zoning for the area?

How many acres are zoned commercial?

How is Majestic Place incorporated into the project?

What is a zoning overlay? What does it mean and how does it apply to locals?

Was the traffic study conducted while USI was in session?

What has the County proposed for the extension of University Parkway to I-64?

After the study is completed, how will the enforcement of the plan be handled?

Why is development needed here? Is there a community need?

Is this plan due to the county wanting more tax revenue? What is the motivation for development?