As we look at the future of West Central and its relationship to the urban core, in general, and to the downtown, in particular, our Community Development Area Plan becomes even more critical as the City continues to make decisions that have the potential to impact our neighborhood. A review of West Central’s Community Development Area Plan – informally called a “CDAP” – can afford valuable information to guide how our neighborhood will ultimately fit into broader city planning.
West Central CDAP History
HOUSING STRATEGY AND BENEFITS OF THE WEST CENTRAL CDAP
In 2003, the City of Fort Wayne Housing Strategy was adopted as an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive Plan to re-energize the City’s neighborhoods. Planning & Policy partnered with neighborhood residents and other community stakeholders to develop implementable and measurable community development plans. The West Central CDAP was put into effect in 2004.
West Central Plan (CDAP)
During the planning process, residents, community groups, property owners, and business owners identify and discuss issues, develop goals and create strategies. Plans usually include four basic elements: land use, transportation, housing, and community facilities. Other specific issues identified by community members also can be addressed by the plan.
The Plan was presented to City Council for formal adoption and become a component of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The approved plan is to used by City departments, boards, and commissions as a guide for decision-making. If West Central determines that a project is key to the neighborhood, it can be included in the annual Capital Improvement Plan submitted to City Council as a part of the budget process.
Plans also help communities organize their ideas into a single document that can be shared with residents, potential community partners, and investors.