Area Plan Commission rewrites the book for Evansville-Vanderburgh County

UPDATE: VANDERBURGH COUNTY, (WEHT)– Officials are rewriting a citywide ordinance dating back 50 years. The Area Plan Commission and Rundell Ernstberger Associates, the company it hired to carry out the re-zoning of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, gave people an update on new zoning and sub-division ordinances.

“So it’s kind of all over. Of course farmers have different concerns than the people that live out in rural areas,” said Cynthia Bowen with Rundell Ernstberger Associates.

People from the North, South, East and West of the city and county converged in Evansville to discuss the future of their land.

“I wanted to be able to view it myself and make sure that things are following a good timeline and that the people within the neighborhoods within the city and the county are going to be protected within this process,” said United Neighborhoods of Evansville President Cathy Davison.

With ordinances for both zoning and subdivisions to change soon, those in charge are asking for the public’s input.

“Forest Avenue is also a main bus route for buses to go up and down that hill,” said Reitz Hill Resident Doreen Hallenberger. Hallenberger lives on Reitz hill and is concerned with how parking will be effected if a developer builds more homes

“If these homes are built, the people that don’t have adequate parking at their existing homes, they’ve been parking in the field. They’re going to be forced to be parked out on the road now, which will just congest the problem even worse,” said Hallenberger.

“Sometimes when you have a very specific situation like that that you need to address, we will create what we call an overlay district. So something very specific and unique to that area,” said Bowen.

Around the room people spoke with officials, no two requests the same.

“Its a way for people to be able to at least feel like they’ve been heard,” said Davison.

“Each has their own experience and that influences how they may see zoning and subdivisions and what they may think or how they may feel about it,” said Bowen.

The zoning ordinances were last updated in 1962 and the subdivision ordinances haven’t changed since 1984. A representative with APC I spoke with tells me their hope is ot have the ordinances drafted by this fall and adopted by city and county officials by winter of 2021.


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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, (WEHT) — Officials are rewriting a citywide ordinance dating back 50 years. The Area Plan Commission and the company it hired to carry out the re-zoning of Evansville and Vanderburgh County gave people an update on new zoning and sub-division ordinances.

The North, South, East and West sides of the city and county were represented at the meeting, and there was one thing in common; there are several issues the public wants addressed.

Over the past 6 months, the APC had consultants speak with residents throughout the city and county about what they would like changed moving forward. Officials presented those findings to the public at Oaklyn Library in Evansville. Some say something needs to be done about parking and emphasized there is poor enforcement of current ordinances. Others say new developments shouldn’t be allowed to change drainage patterns because it impacts nearby residents.

“A lot of the things with the southside is a lot of our land and our plots are very very small. We are running into a lot of these lots where they’re having to wait until they aquire 2 or 3 of them before they can build something onto them,” said United Neighborhoods of Evansville President Cathy Davison.

The APC is still taking public input. You can contact them by clicking here.

The zoning ordinances were last updated in 1962 and the subdivision ordinances haven’t changed since 1984. A representative with APC I spoke with tells me their hope is ot have the ordinances drafted by this fall and adopted by city and county officials by winter of 2021.

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(This story was originally published on January 28, 2020)

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