Rushville Republican

March 25, 2014

Citizens asked to help city with comprehensive plan

By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — Mayor Mike Pavey announced that the city is in the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan and needs input from citizens.

“I want to invite Rushville residents to help us update our Comprehensive Plan by taking just a few minutes to fill out a survey that will help shape the development of the city’s comprehensive community plan,” Pavey said.

The Comprehensive Plan will guide local leaders through decisions about roads, economic development, infrastructure, parks, housing and many other public issues. “Ideas from our local residents are very important to the overall success of the plan,” Pavey noted.

The survey, Pavey said, will ask local residents to prioritize local opportunities and issues. It can be found online at http://cityofrushvillecompplan.org/. Printed copies with a stamped return envelope are also available at City Hall at the corner of 1st and Morgan Streets.

All the results gathered in the survey will be anonymous and all information is completely confidential.

“I’m very hopeful that many local residents will take the time to fill out the survey,” Pavey said. “We’ve tried to make it about as easy as possible for our citizens to either access the survey online or in printed form.”

The deadline for completing the survey is April 18.

Cory Daly of HWC Engineering is helping the city complete the planning process.

“Along with our project partner Strategic Development Group (SDG), were selected by the City to lead the comprehensive planning effort. We are assisting the City with project research, organization and meeting facilitation,” Daly said. “We will also be drafting the final plan document and presenting it for final adoption before the Rush County Area Plan Commission and the City of Rushville Common Council. This plan represents the long term vision for the community. It will serve as the guiding document for local stakeholders and decision makers relating to decisions for future development opportunities within the City. It is also an opportunity for the community to get directly involved in planning for the future success of Rushville. The plan will focus on a wide range of topics which relate to everyday life in Rushville including neighborhoods, transportation, economic development, parks and open space, utility infrastructure, and future land uses.”

In addition, the city has begun the process of developing a new branding campaign which will provide an updated look for the city website and promotional materials.

“Branding is another way of saying that we want to come up with a slogan and symbol for our community that will be unique and, hopefully, will make people want to know more about what we have to offer,” Pavey said.

Mayor Pavey said he wanted to invite everyone to fill out the survey that, ultimately, will help shape the future of the community.

For more information, local residents may call Cory Daly, with HWC Engineering, at 317-347-3663, ext. 220, or email him at cdaly@hwcengineering.com.