UNIVERSITY PARKWAY

Corridor Plan

Evansville Vanderburgh County, IN About The Study

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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 will be assisting 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 will be evaluated. A preferred land use and transportation system will be recommended along with access management strategies and bicycle and pedestrian facilities to ensure safety and maintain the integrity of the corridor. These recommendations will build off the recently adopted Evansville-Vanderburgh County Comprehensive Plan 2015-2035 and other existing plans related to the area. The planning process will include 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.

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 will focus 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 plan as well as an overlay district that will be create during this process

  • 1. Existing Conditions: A review and update of the primary existing conditions in the corridor including land use, zoning development policies, socio-economic data, transportation, and utility infrastructure. A complete picture of the area surrounding University Parkway will begin to emerge that will allow thoughtful analysis which will form a good basis for decision-making during the planning process. A summary memorandum will be created.

  • 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 will guide 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 will all have input into creating the overall vision for the corridor.

  • 3. Land Use Framework: A series of land use scenarios will be developed highlighting future development of the corridor. The data from the existing conditions will be used to create these scenarios and analyzed to convey the impacts of each scenario regarding development. The land use scenarios will inform the future transportation improvements and the timeframe in which they need to be completed. Once a desired scenario is identified, zoning will be evaluated along the corridor, and recommendations regarding the type of zoning needed to achieve the plan.

  • 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. After an understanding of the existing infrastructure is completed, planned extensions, upgrades, or replacements will be documented. This will be analyzed against the land use framework and recommendations regarding transportation improvements and future utilities extensions will be made. This information will be presented to the public for feedback.

  • 5. Aesthetic Framework: Based on the final scenario, visual and aesthetic standards for the corridor will be developed that would 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 these recommendations would be 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 will include an action plan for implementation. This would include describing the project/program/policy, key elements of that project/program/policy, timeframe, lead agency, type of program (policy, administration, project), cost estimate and potential funding.

  • 7. Draft and Final Plans: A draft plan and draft overlay district will be created and presented to the public. After the public meeting, the final corridor plan and overlay district will be produced. The final process would include public meetings with the APC and County Commissioners.

  • 8. Overlay District: Based on the recommendations for land use, transportation and aesthetics, an overlay district will be developed that will implement those recommendations. An overlay district is an area that is drawn on top of base districts. The overlay district can either add or remove standards from the base district in order to achieve a different pattern 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 are involving residents, businesses, civic and non-profit institutions into the process through stakeholder focus groups, on-line engagement and public meetings. The involvement of this variety of people will help to craft a well-balanced vision and strategy for the corridor. The County Commissioners have hired Rundell Ernstberger Associates as the lead firm to manage the process, lead the land use planning, aesthetic framework and the overlay district. Lochmueller Group will oversee the transportation planning and Powers Engineering will oversee the infrastructure planning.
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.

Take Survey

Public Comment App

EMAIL US

PUBLIC MEETINGS

PUBLIC NOTICE LETTER

When

6:00pm - 7:30pm, 18 sept, 2017

Where

USI, Griffin Center Great Hall, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47712

PROJECT UPDATES

The Vanderburgh County Commissioners, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission (APC), and Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization (EMPO) invites all citizens to participate in a Public Workshop on September 18, 2017. The workshop will focus on issues and opportunities along the University Parkway corridor. Your input is important to the development of the plan which will address land use and transportation issues along the corridor. There will be an informative presentation and a series of small work group exercises asking participants… What types of uses are most appropriate? What should the corridor look like? How can bicyclists and pedestrians be more safe? What are the assets the corridor plan should focus on? These and other question will be discussed.

PROJECT DOCUMENTS

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.

INTERACTIVE MAP