Workshop to gather ideas for city’s future

By CANDY NEAL
cneal@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Property owners, business owners and residents are invited to a workshop Thursday evening to share ideas for Huntingburg’s future.

The workshop open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Old Town Hall, 309. N. Geiger St.

Information from the workshop will help start work and research to update the city’s comprehensive plan. Titled “Your Home, Your Huntingburg,” the plan will establish future goals for growth and development for the city.

“Now it’s time to reset the vision,” Mayor Denny Spinner said last week in his State of the City address, “taking us to the next phase of growth in Huntingburg based on the foundation now built on Stellar footings.” He encouraged everyone to be involved in creating and shaping new goals for the city’s future.

During Thursday’s workshop, people will be able to share ideas and information with officials. The information will be collected and researched by officials and a steering committee. Indianapolis firm Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group will facilitate and compile the plan.

After the workshop, the city will have an online survey people can fill out with other ideas. A second public workshop will be held after drafts of the plan’s vision statement, goals and objectives are created.

The plan will ultimately include community input on what Huntingburg needs and should develop in the upcoming years, the financial aspects of those ideas and how those plans should unfold, officials have said.

The city’s comprehensive plan was last updated in 2014. It is generally recommended that the plan be updated every five to seven years. Communities must have an updated plan to apply for various state and federal grant funding.

Updating the comprehensive plan is expected to take about 18 months.

Questions about the process can be directed to Rachel Steckler, the city’s community development director, at 812-683-2211 or rsteckler@huntingburg-in.gov.




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