Public Invited To Community Planning Workshop Next Monday

Residents of the greater Crothersville area are encouraged to attend a community workshop hosted by the Town of Crothersville, next Monday, March 18. The workshop is the first of several face-to-face community outreach events scheduled throughout the planning process.

Crothersville was recently awarded a $40,000 planning grant from the Indiana Department of Rural Development to be used to fund a master plan of what residents want to see in Crothersville’s future.

The purpose of this first workshop is to allow residents and businesses of Crothersville to voice what they value most about the community and the issues they would like to see addressed.

“ This will be a guide to future development, a plan of attack for the community,” said ARa spokesperson Eric Frey, the grant administrators.

“This is not the only meeting. There will be 4 or 5 so that everyone in the community will have the opportunity to listen and voice their opinion,” said town council president Ardell Mitchell. “There will also be an interactive website to allow residents to record their thoughts and opinions from the convenience of their home computer.”

Former Crothersville resident Dan Kovert of Fishers is  the consultant leading the planning effort.

The town received a $40,000 planning grant which it will match with $4,450 of local funds.

The workshop will begin with a review of the purpose of a Comprehensive Plan and the planning process, and conclude with a workshop to secure local views on problems, issues and potentials within the community.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The Town of Crothersville’s Comprehensive Plan will serve as the official guide for land use, physical improvement and development. The Comprehensive Plan will provide a foundation for decision-making based on community consensus, community vision, existing conditions and future potentials. The Plan is intended to serve as a “road map” for 10 to 15 years into the future by guiding policy decisions and helping the community achieve its long-term objectives.

The Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Crothersville will address a variety of topics and will likely include community-wide plans for land use and development, annexation and growth areas, transportation and mobility, open space and environmental features, community facilities, and infrastructure.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. next Monday, March 18, at the fellowship hall of Immanuel United Church of Christ at the corner of Howard Street and Kattman Avenue.