UPDATING THE MASTER PLAN
Because of the bridges project, the widening project along 10th Street and a proposed development at Spring and 10th Streets, a request was also made at the council meeting to allow the city’s Planning Department to begin an update and review of the city’s master plan.
Corporation Attorney Les Merkley said the annexations north and east of the city, including Oak Park, and the construction of the two new bridges related to the bridges project were not included in the city’s previous master plan.
“That plan was done before we knew the bridges were coming,” said city planning Director Shane Corbin.
He added that the last update also excluded the Big Four bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect downtown Jeffersonville to Louisville’s Waterfront Park.
“The Big Four is arguably going to transform the downtown area, and we’re going to have the downtown bridge that has affected that whole Falls Landing area,” Corbin said. “The east-end bridge, that whole area up there is not zoned for commercial [businesses] around the interchanges.”
Corbin said in the last year-and-a-half, the city has reviewed plans for 3.5 million square feet of industrial facilities. The expectation is that once the bridge is finally open, there will be even more rapid growth near the east-end in River Ridge.
Three main areas of focus for an update to a plan would be downtown, in the Falls Landing area, along 10th street and in the east-end. But part of the planning process, if it moves forward, would be reaching out to the public to gather their input.
The city would hire a consultant to help update the master plan, which could range in costs up to about $100,000. But the first step to put out a request for proposals, or RFPs.
Corbin said he would like to have an RFP issued in the next month or two, but would need to have more internal discussions to help identify the scope of the plan.