Elizabethtown residents and others from Hardin County continued to show they care about the future of the city Thursday afternoon as dozens turned out for the second public workshop for Envision Elizabethtown 2040 comprehensive plan.
The event at WesBanco Gallery at The State Theater was part of the second phase of the planning process and allowed residents to see the draft vision statement, overarching goals and various objectives and recommendations for the next 20 years in Elizabethtown.
Residents were asked to provide feedback.
Lincoln Trail District Health Department Director Sara Jo Best also attended the public workshop. From the health lens, they are looking at the objectives and recommendations to see if they “make health the easy choice.” She was looking at things such as access to healthy foods and job opportunities, good schools, transportation to sustain employment and housing that is affordable and safe.
“We work with the city to promote that,” she said.
Mayor Jeff Gregory said he was seeing a steady flow of people Thursday and, like at the first workshop, was seeing a lot of people he didn’t know. He said that was encouraging.
“It’s good to see people that I haven’t run across that are willing to come in and voice their opinion and see which direction they would like the city to take,” he said. “And our whole administration ... we’ve based it on citizen input. There are seven of us, but there are 30,000 others in this city that everything we do pertains to. We want to make sure we are getting input from all the concerned citizens or people that want to see change in the community. That is who we represent and we want to make sure are doing a good job of that.”
Councilman Matt Deneen said the input provides city leaders a “good foundation to grow upon.”
“It gives us an overall picture of a lot of different pieces to the puzzle that make E’town so special,” he said. “It’s good to see a lot of different people from different walks of life come in here and help shape that.”
Like before, the city plans to launch another online survey to further capture ideas and feedback from community members who were not able to attend the workshop. The survey is expected to become available the first week of December.
Following the open house and online survey, the final phase of the process begins. It includes public review of the draft before it is finalized.
The plan is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2020.
For information about the Envision Elizabethtown or to find information for upcoming engagement opportunities, go to envisionetown.org.