The Department of Planning and Zoning is responsible for creating plans, drafting policy and coordinating the implementation of civic projects that relate to the City’s vision of the future. This vision is set forth in the Comprehensive Plan based on the observation of trends in employment, population, housing, local culture and other metrics. The primary goal of long-range planning is to enhance the quality of life for all residents and ensure an efficient use of City resources.
NoCo Arts District Master Plan
The Planning Department has been excited to assist with developing a new Master Plan for the NoCO (North of Court Avenue) Arts and Cultural District that’s being drafted by Forecast Public Art out of St. Paul, MN. Our team provided significant input into the planning process, helped with a district mapping project, and created many of the graphics used for stakeholder meetings that were part of the planning process. These maps and graphics will be used in the final report due sometime early this year.
Chapel Lake Park
The Planning Department is working with Mayor Mike Moore to develop the first new public park north of I-265. Land for the park has been gifted to the City from the River Ridge Development Corporation and lies just north of the Crystal Springs Subdivision. Unlike many of the other more “programmed” parks throughout the City, that include ball fields and sport courts, Chapel Lake Park is intended to be a much more natural park that celebrates its rolling hills, streams and valleys. The park will contain several miles of paved and unpaved trails, picnic shelters, playgrounds and a 5 acre lake (as seen in the illustrative plan below).
A fly-through animation of the planned design can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyJv2MKizcY
Envision Court Avenue!
The Planning Department hosted six planners and design professionals from August 1-3 for a three day workshop to draft design recommendations for improvements to Court Avenue, one of Downtown Jeffersonville’s most important streets.
With guidance from Planning Staff, the team drafted a planning document for the City.
The following is a link to the final document: Jeffersonville-SDAT-Report-11.29.18
Tenth Street Strategic Investment Plan
On May 7, 2018 City Council Approved the Tenth Street Strategic Investment Plan as an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
This project provides a physical and economic assessment of the 10th Street corridor from I-65 to the Highway 265 intersection that lays the ground work for redevelopment along Jeffersonville’s primary arterial street. For more information click here: 10th Street Strategic Investment Plan
Spring Street Master Plan
The City of Jeffersonville’s Spring Street Master Plan has been approved by the City Council. This project will create a unified design for the 1.5 mile portion of Spring Street from the Ohio River to Eastern Blvd. Improvements in the corridor will help to better support existing businesses and encourage redevelopment in the areas north of Court Avenue. The Master Plan can be accessed here: Spring Street Master Plan
Employment and Housing Forecast
The City of Jeffersonville is poised for significant job and housing growth over the next several years. Specifically we have the potential to see over 17,000 new jobs in Jeffersonville over the next five years. Additional jobs will come online as full build-out of River Ridge continues to occur. Based on existing and projected future trends this job growth can be expected to generate demand for nearly 4,700 new housing units.
If the City continues to develop in the same manner that we are developing today, we will not be able to fully accommodate the demand for 4,700 new housing units and we will run out of land. Changes in zoning and development policy, including removing barriers to residential building in Downtown Jeffersonville (as recommended in the City’s Comprehensive Plan), increasing maximum densities for multi-family projects and reducing the quantity of large lot subdivisions will help free up additional land for development of churches, schools, libraries, municipal services, etc. and/or allow for future residential development due to future growth forecasted from River Ridge at full-build out. Click on the link to read the report: Employment and Housing Forecast
Jeffersonville Tree Walk
In 2012 the City of Jeffersonville’s Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) drafted plans to create a 1.5-mile long, tree-lined, walking route in and around Downtown Jeffersonville. The now fully-planted Tree Walk includes over 140 trees representing 70 different species of trees. The Walk is clearly marked with way-finding signage and each tree is labeled with its common name. More information about the tree walk, including an interactive map can be found HERE.