By James Feichtner
A Smart, Vibrant and Entrepreneurial city. That’s the vision members of Fishers city hall focused on Aug. 3 during a special city council meeting. The goal of the meeting was to prepare for the city’s upcoming comprehensive plan that will ultimately effect the direction of the community.
Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, Assistant Director of Planning Rachel Johnson and Fishers Deputy Mayor Leah McGrath headed the meeting. The trio presented members with an outline of what the plan would look like, what were the main focal points of the plan and how it would executed over the next several months.
“I think this is going to be a journey for all of us and we are going to learn a lot about our community,” Fadness said. “I think it’s going to be an exciting project, but it’s not going to be an overnight project. It’s going to take some time.”
The outline of the comprehensive plan was broken down into four main subgroup plans including a transportation plan, a parks and recreation plan, a residential plan and a land-use plan.
The plans will be headed by a steering committee that will be broken up to focus on the four main subgroups. In addition, a small areas group will focus on four small, target areas within the city. Mayor Fadness will head the committee with members from the city council and other city officials making up the remainder of the committee.
Officials at the meeting emphasized the importance of community feedback for the plan and is goal of keeping the city smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial.
“I think that puts us in a unique position to spend, not a lot of time on what we are wanting to be or where we are wanting to go in this broader vision, but really spend time talking to our residents about if we want to be an entrepreneurial city, what does that mean to [residents]and how do we approach that and what are some ideas [residents]have about how we can get there.”