County Commission tables vote for University Parkway Corridor

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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – The future plan for the University Parkway Corridor will have to be decided another day.

The Vanderburgh County Commission was scheduled to take a vote on the future of the University Parkway Tuesday afternoon. But that didn’t happen.

County Commissioners want to know more before voting so, a concrete plan for more than nine square miles from USI to Diamond Avenue will have to wait awhile longer for development concepts.

University Parkway is like a blank slate for Vanderburgh County.

University Parkway plan is a policy document. It doesn’t mean any specific changes. It’s a guide for government.

It gives recommendations on land use, types, and transportation.

Plan officials have worked for years and heard from hundreds of neighbors to generate this detailed plan.

Leaders say some are all for growth, others are against, and some are right in the middle.

“These changes that we’re talking about would only occur if and when certain triggers are met. Whether it be the level of development occurs, the level of traffic occurs because of the ultimate extension of the expressway.”

Commissioners voted against an ordinance, which is a small piece of the overall plan. It’s the overlay zone which opens the door for development.

The plan itself was tabled. That’s the big thing.

Commission President Ben Shoulders said there’s some good, and some questions in the plan. He wants to keep the discussion going.

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(This story was originally published on September 3, 2019)

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