Central Indiana Chapter: White River Vision

Speaker: Brad Beaubien, AICP 
RSVP for the Meeting to Joel Eder at ederj09@gmail.com. Please RSVP by noon May 20, 2019


The White River Vision Plan is a regionally-coordinated, community-driven process in Hamilton County and Indianapolis to develop a holistic vision and comprehensive plan that explores the enormous potential of 58 miles of river to enhance central Indiana’s vibrancy, livability, and economic vitality. By creating and enhancing destinations along the river, connecting them together and into neighborhoods, and improving ecological integrity, the plan forges a bold vision for Central Indiana.

The White River Vision Plan (vision plan) is a joint effort between the City of Indianapolis and Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. in partnership with Visit Indy’s philanthropic arm, Tourism Tomorrow, Inc. to develop a comprehensive and coordinated regional, community-driven plan to enhance 58 miles of the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties. The goal of the vision plan is to create an accessible, recreational, and cultural environment that encourages a unique sense of place for the community as a whole, similar to finished “river city” developments in cities like Nashville, Columbus, Chicago, and Cincinnati.

The White River Vision Plan will be developed to promote:

  • Access to the White River for residents and visitors — our two largest, most important audiences
  • The environmental value and ecological quality of the river corridor, including its water quality and natural habitats
  • Connection to attractions, arts and entertainment venues, hiking and biking trails, and neighborhoods
  • Educational and thematic recreational water experiences

Why Now?
For more than 100 years, other local community initiatives have frequently held the White River as a keystone in planning and developing central Indiana tourism and community activities. The White River Vision Plan is not intended to replace these initiatives, but to work with them to bring ideas to fruition. Creating a plan to enhance the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties guides regional growth for our century.

Vision Plan Process Timeline
Coordinated plans include enhancement of existing places, activation of new spaces, and identification of areas in need of important ecological protection or restoration. The vision plan will be completed in four phases over twelve months beginning April 2018 through April 2019. Each phase of the vision plan includes a public meeting for Central Indiana residents to learn more and share feedback.

When the vision plan is finished, what happens?
The vision plan will offer recommendations with details for completion and ways to support projects and infrastructure included in the plan — this also involves ways to secure funding to ensure execution of the vision plan once approved. If the plan is implemented there will be a need for engineers at all levels to assist in bringing it to fruition. It is imperative that we understand the goals of the project but also understand the impacts to the communities around the White River. The natural resource has been used for dumping of waste from commercial, industrial and also as an overflow for sewage. The change in adopting and using this resource will be valuable to us as well as to the future.

The cost of the City Barbeque buffet is $15.
1 PDHs - $10 for Members and $20 for Non-members. Voluntary donation of $5 will be accepted for our scholarship donations.


Presenter: Brad Beaubien, AICP. Brad is an award-winning certified urban planner who serves as the Administrator for Long-Range City Planning for the Department of Metropolitan Development at the City of Indianapolis, where he is responsible for leading the long-range planning functions of the City-County. He is the lead planner for the White River Vision Plan, holds graduate degrees from Ball State University and Oregon State University.

Brad Beaubien, AICP| Administrator
Division of Long Range Planning
Department of Metropolitan Development | City of Indianapolis
brad@indy.gov| 317-327-5133 |indy.gov/DMD

5/21/2019 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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