FISHERS, Ind. (March 24, 2016) – The City of Fishers is preparing for tens of thousands of more people to move to the Indianapolis suburb in the next 25 years.
As part of that growth, the city's administration presented Fishers 2040, a 216-page, long-term strategic plan, to the city council this week.
“We are just in a new phase here where we have to keep up with that growth and ultimately what the City of Fishers is trying to do is be ahead of the growth," Fishers' Mayor Scott Fadness said.
Fishers' population grew nearly 15 percent in the last six years. City leaders predict the population will grow from roughly 87,000 now to 131,000 by 2040.
“I mean this type of growth is unprecedented in most places in America," Fadness said.
The plan addresses four main areas; transportation, land use, parks and housing.
"We need to improve our green-space standards. We need to up our residential building standards. We need to make sure our transportation corridors are thoughtfully planned for economic development as well as quality of life aspects," Fadness said.
The plan will serve as more of a guide for future planning decisions, according to the City Council President John Weingardt.
"It’s true of any strategic plan or any long-range plan you look at it as a guide, but it certainly isn’t the rule," Weingardt said. "Things may change and we have to be flexible."
The proposal is now in the council's planning committee. There will be several opportunities for community input on the plan. Those are listed below, and Weingardt said he's most interested in hearing what people have to say about the city's traffic problems.
“Even currently we are going through some transportation issues with respect to some construction projects," he said. "I think that will be a real hot button on how we handle traffic."
Mayor Fadness said the ultimate goal of the project is to create a smart, vibrant and entrepreneurial future for Fishers.
"Often times we think of these plans and people’s eyes glaze over and it ends up on a bookshelf," he said. "But I think this will fundamentally change the trajectory of our city for years to come.”
Community input opportunities:
- Plan Commission April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Fishers City Hall Auditorium,
- Community Open House April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Conner Prairie,
- Community Open House May 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brooks School Elementary, and
- Plan Commission May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Fishers City Hall Auditorium.