About 
Envision Ellettsville

The Greater Ellettsville Area Chamber of Commerce and Ellettsville Main Street Inc. have partnered on an initiative called Envision Ellettsville. The goal of the initiative is to create a clear identity and long-term vision for our community. When complete, the plan will provide recommendations that drive action through the Town of Ellettsville planning department as well as key community organizations. 

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Project History

The people who call Ellettsville home are passionate about their community and are proud of the positive changes that have happened over the past few years. At the same time, we recognize that a shared vision of the future is needed for Ellettsville to take its next steps forward. As referenced in the Monroe County Quality of Place and Workforce Attraction Plan, Ellettsville does not have a brand identity and there is a lack of understanding for how the town fits into the larger Monroe County community.

In 2019, at a packed town hall meeting, residents and business owners gathered to discuss the future. Conversation in that meeting focused on areas that create a high quality of life in our community, including:

  • Safe neighborhoods with housing options to meet different needs and lifestyles

  • A vibrant downtown and areas where residents can gather

  • Parks and outdoor amenities and aesthetically pleasing gateways into the community

  • A welcoming and thriving business environment

  • Planned growth that helps to ensure that we maintain the best parts of our town, while expanding to meet the needs of our growing population.

In response to this community interest, the Greater Ellettsville Area Chamber of Commerce and Ellettsville Main Street Inc. formed a volunteer committee to identify the best path forward to build a shared vision for our community that is strategic, actionable and sustainable.

Our Process

The Envision Ellettsville process will occur over a span of 9 months and, when complete, will create a shared vision for future growth and development, encompass meaningful and inclusive public engagement, identify stakeholders, establish clear guidance with a user-friendly document and establish achievable implementation plans. The process will include three key phases of work, each of which have a variety of community engagement and outreach opportunities.

 

Phase One
Information Gathering

June to October

This initial effort is intended to produce a snapshot of the existing conditions of the area, analyze existing infrastructure and the regulatory environment, and recognize past successes in order to begin planning for the future. 

Phase Two
Idea Development
November to December

This phase of work allows us to  to use data to drive decision making and to identify strategic improvements needed to support local growth, enhancements and development.

Phase Three
Actions and Resources
January to April

If a plan lacks the ability to be successfully implemented, the vision will never be realized. In this final phase of work, our goal is to create clear, concise, and fiscally responsible steps that Ellettsville and the project partners need to complete over the next twenty years.

 

Project Partners

Early in the summer of 2019, residents, businesses and elected officials gathered at the Ellettsville Town Hall to discuss the future of the community. While everyone brought their own perspective to the conversation, the entire room was united in excitement for the opportunity to proactively chart the course for our community’s future. Out of this early effort, a partnership formed between the Town of Ellettsville, the Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce and Ellettsville Main Street. The collaboration between the Town, the Chamber of Commerce and Ellettsville Main Street is crucial. Together these entities bring complementary perspectives to the process, which will allow the final Envision Ellettsville plan to be comprehensive in its recommendations.

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ELLETTSVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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ELLETTSVILLE
MAIN STREET

 

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TOWN OF ELLETTSVILLE
 

 

Guiding Groups

A critical part of the success of this planning process is the participation of property owners, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders in the community. ​To ensure that the Envision Ellettsville process takes into account the ideas, concerns, and suggestions of the broader community, the planning process is being guided by different groups of community leaders and professionals. Together, these groups will meet regularly throughout the process and help drive community involvement, review key findings from the research and analysis and shape major recommendations for the final plan.

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STEERING
COMMITTEE

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COMMUNITY 
STAKEHOLDERS

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LOCAL
RESIDENTS