The original smart growth plan for the City of Evansville was adopted in 2005 as a vision for the future of our community. The City of Evansville, WI Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan, updated November 2015, continues this work by re-evaluating the City’s goals and objectives related to a wide range of topics. An in-depth analysis of the following topics are included:
Throughout the preparation of The City of Evansville, WI Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan, updated November 2015, community members, business leaders, and city staff worked together to establish a plan for achieving our common vision for Evansville’s future.
Evansville is a unique, inclusive and vibrant city with the atmosphere and character of a small urban village. Quality of life is high, with recreation and services easily accessible by many modes of transportation. A sense of community is promoted through urban design and mutual respect.
The historic identity of Evansville is reinforced by continuous architectural maintenance and restoration throughout the City, while innovative City policies and property owners maintain modern amenities, management practices, and energy independence. Evansville’s downtown is a successful, active and attractive gathering place for shopping and community events, providing a vibrant third space for residents, employees and visitors. Evansville is an inviting place for entrepreneurs and start-ups, with many innovative businesses populating the City.
In developing this plan five important themes were defined. These themes provide a framework for understanding future development in Evansville. The themes are discussed at length in Chapter 10, but as a means of introduction, the themes are: