A comprehensive land and transportation plan for the ‘Northern Gateway’ of Bartholomew County is one step closer to become a reality. Officials say the plan will help regulate growth near the Edinburgh Outlet Mall.
The ‘Northern Gateway’ is the area around the intersection of US 31 and interstate 65. Commercial development in the gateway has been ongoing for decades, and Bartholomew County Planning Director Jeff Bergman says new infrastructure needs to be in place to help accommodate the growth.
“The goal is to provide some additional policy level information about that area, to help the planning commission as development occurs, to really make sure that everything from land use, and really on that area, especially the transportation side, works well together,” he says.
The northeast section of the gateway is currently occupied with the Edinburgh Outlet Mall, restaurants, retails stores, and hotels. Bergman says upgrades to existing roads will be necessary as growth in the other sections begins.
“There have been apartments proposed in that area, new restaurants, hotels, etcetera,” he says. “The county felt it was important to have more detail, a little more information about how those pieces can fit together.”
New pedestrian and bike trails are also proposed to go along with road improvements in the gateway.
The plan now moves to the County Commissioners, who are expected to vote on the plan within the next month.
A link to the full plan can be found here.