Those interested in giving their input on the Envision Elizabethtown 2040 Comprehensive Plan have until the end of the month.

Planning and Development Director Jim Shaw said input is not restricted to Elizabethtown residents. He said anyone interested in the future of Elizabethtown is encouraged to participate.

Shaw said input can be provided in a variety of ways, including the interactive display that is making its way around town. Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon it will be at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College library. Past stops have included Vibe Coffee, Impellizzeri’s, Hardin County Public Library, Berger Tires, Severns Valley Baptist Church, Citizens Union Bank, Springhill Suites, Flywheel Brewing and Tavern in the Garden.

Shaw said they also have the Meeting in a Box, which asks questions that are similar to those on the interactive display. Anyone can request the materials, which include a facilitator guide, to conduct their own meeting. The Meeting in a Box takes 15 to 20 minutes and can be used at any sort of gathering, even if it is only a few people.

The most convenient way to provide input is through the online survey at the comprehensive plan website www.envisionetown.org. The survey has questions that are more in-depth than the other input options. There also are some open-ended questions in the survey.

“This is important because the public input gained at this stage of the process will shape policies and objectives for land use, infrastructure and community facilities that are included in the plan,” Shaw said. “The plan is expected to be used for the next 15 to 20 years. We don’t want this to be the consultant’s plan or City Hall’s plan; we want it to be the community’s plan. That can only be accomplished if members of the community participate.”

Work began in May on the Envision Eliza­beth­town 2040 Com­pre­hensive Plan and it will be developed over the course of approximately 13 months. It examines future possibilities and establishes a defined direction or vision for the community.

The data collected by Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, HDR and EHI Consultants and the public input will be used to develop the plan itself. Shaw said a draft of the plan will be completed around October or November and released for public review and comment shortly thereafter.

The second steering committee meeting for the comprehensive plan was held Thursday evening.

The committee was put together by Mayor Jeff Gregory and is comprised of resi­dents from various backgrounds. The members include Steve Rice, Charlie Bryant, John Lanz, Sheldon Lackey, Daniel London, Juston Pate, Kelli Bush, Maurice Young, Danny Percell, Marty Gaddie, Jonnie McPeek, Diana Moore, Saima Nasir and Terry Shipp.

Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, HDR, and EHI Consultants representatives shared with the committee key takeaways from the public workshop held in July and the results thus far received from the online survey.

Haley James, of Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, said top assets identified by those who attended the public workshop included Greenspace, access to healthcare, small businesses, downtown, trail system, sports park and more. Top challenges included public transportation, entertainment, walkability, south end development and more.

In regards to the online survey, James said as of Thursday night roughly 200 responses had been submitted. Of those, 88 percent rated the quality of life as good or excellent; 70 percent live in Elizabethtown and 30 percent live in Hardin County; 79 percent are employed and 36 percent have a household income above $100,000.

One of the multiple questions on the online survey is “What is very important to your quality of life?” The top answer so far has been safety and security (86 percent) followed by job opportunities (71 percent).

For information, go to www.envisionetown.org.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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