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 18 Neighborhoods Working Together Map 

The Packard Area Planning Alliance was formed in 2005 with the creation and adoption of the first Packard Plan. The original area comprised seven neighborhoods but has expanded over the past decade to grow into 18 neighborhoods working together

In 2019, the Packard Area Planning Alliance approached the City of Fort Wayne Community Development Division to develop a new strategy for the neighborhoods moving into the next decade. With the collaboration of neighborhood leadership, residents, and the City, PACKARD 2030 is a neighborhood plan of action that guides future growth and investment in the area. The goal is to complete and adopt the plan by Summer 2022 as a part of the new All In Allen Comprehensive Plan.  

PACKARD 2030 includes the following neighborhoods: 

Broad River Courts of Woodhurst Creighton Home Fairfield Fairfield Terrace Belmont Fairmont
Foster Park Harrison Hill Hoagland Masterson Illsley Place Oakdale Poplar
Sherwood to Pettit South Wayne Southwood Park West Rudisill Williams Woodland Park Woodhurst


 WHY IS A NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN IMPORTANT?

You may ask, why is a neighborhood plan important? The neighborhood planning process offers local stakeholders the opportunity to come together and shape the future of your neighborhood. Neighborhood plans do a lot for a community, including (1) engaging residents and businesses in identifying a future vision for the area and providing strategies and recommendations for achieving that vision, (2) providing detailed recommendations for the neighborhood to ensure neighborhoods grow as envisioned by the plan, and (3) provide a level of analysis, detail, and guidance on issues affecting local areas that a citywide plan cannot. 

 

 WHO IS INVOLVED IN CREATING THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN?

In short, everyone! This plan involves anyone who lives, works, worships and participates in the neighborhoods that are located in the Packard Area, and we want to make sure your voice is included. Direct involvement from the neighborhood's stakeholders and residents is central to the process of developing a neighborhood plan. Opportunities to get involved have and will continue throughout the planning process, including both in-person and online events.  

To ensure that the neighborhood planning process goes smoothly, a team of steering committee members, made up of residents and business owners in the Packard area, meet regularly to provide feedback and guidance in the plan development process. 

PAPA Plan Process and Timeline

  WHAT IS THE PLAN TIMELINE

A typical neighborhood plan can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months to complete, and in the midst of our engagement was the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even though most of the in-person engagement was limited, the Packard Area neighborhoods stepped up with online and paper survey distribution unlike any other neighborhood plan completed in Fort Wayne in recent years. The project team was able to pivot and effectively engage over 1,000 residents through various methods of outreach. The plan is on track to be reviewed, approved, and adopted by Summer 2022. 

 

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Community Events



Packard 2030
 has held a number of community events, and below is a summary of what we've heard from residents. 


 

Draft Guiding Principals, Goals & Policies

The Packard 2030 Steering Committee has created a series of DRAFT Goals and Policies for the new neighborhood plan. These goals and policies are created based on community feedback from several public engagement events over the past two years. 

NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION

GOAL ONE All Neighborhoods Within The Packard Area Should Provide Safe, Stable, Fair, Diverse, And Quality Housing Choices
POLICY 1.1 Encourage regular maintenance and upkeep of residential properties in a way that supports the existing character of the neighborhood(s)
POLICY 1.2 Support income-eligible residents with assistance that provides regular maintenance and upkeep of residential properties
POLICY 1.3 Support the development and rehabilitation of housing that can be acquired by both renters and homeowners at affordable rates
POLICY 1.4 Mitigate displacement through innovative housing solutions and policies that allow long-term residents to age in place, equitably and affordably
POLICY 1.5 Encourage developers to build a variety of housing options through infill development projects
POLICY 1.6 Support the expansion of homeownership programs
POLICY 1.7 Support the development of tenant-based programs
GOAL TWO Support Neighborhood-Oriented Businesses And Entrepreneurship Programs
POLICY 2.1 Support existing neighborhood businesses and expand access to quality retail
POLICY 2.2 Make the Packard Area a destination for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses
POLICY 2.3 Support business development opportunities for marginalized populations
GOAL THREE  Enhance Neighborhood Commercial Corridors To Improve Neighborhood Identity And Support Neighborhood Businesses
POLICY 3.1 Improve commercial corridors through streetscape enhancements
POLICY 3.2 Improve corridor aesthetics through Facade Improvements
POLICY 3.3 Prioritize beautification efforts on corridors
GOAL FOUR  Enhance, Improve And Protect Neighborhood Character And Property Values Through The Application Of Appropriate Zoning Tools And Improved Enforcement Of Zoning Ordinance Provisions
POLICY 4.1 Apply Urban Corridor (UC) designation to specific locations along commercial corridors to enhance and preserve existing urban-scaled, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use corridors
POLICY 4.2 Ensure screening and buffering standards are consistently enforced on commercial properties adjacent to residential-zoned neighborhoods
POLICY 4.3 Encourage the adaptive reuse of vacant and underutilized commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings for residential, commercial, or mixed-use purposes
POLICY 4.4 Evaluate zoning and land-use conflicts in the Packard Area and prioritize areas for zoning district modifications
GOAL FIVE Provide A Sense Of Improved Health, Safety, And Security For Both Residents And Businesses
POLICY 5.1 Encourage improvements to the physical and built environment to promote a sense of safety
POLICY 5.2 Partner with the City’s Public Safety Divisions to monitor and communicate safety issues in the Packard Area
POLICY 5.3 Provide resources to promote healthy lifestyles


NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTER 

GOAL ONE Preserve And Promote The Historical Character Of The Packard Area
POLICY 1.1 Encourage maintenance and rehabilitation efforts that maintain the historic character of neighborhood areas
POLICY 1.2 Promote programs that educate residents about historic preservation and rehabilitation and/or adaptive reuse of historic structures
POLICY 1.3 Ensure the practice of historic preservation and protection of community assets is for everyone
POLICY 1.4 Educate both residents and building owners about the Packard Areas' historic assets
POLICY 1.5 Support the designation of National Register Districts, Local Historic Districts, Conservation Districts, Heritage Districts, and Commercial/Institutional Landmark properties
POLICY 1.6 Ensure that neighborhood associations in the Packard Area are particularly aware and sensitive to historic preservation issues and the appropriate rehabilitation of historic properties
GOAL TWO Celebrate The Rich Arts Community And Cultural Identity Of The Packard Area
POLICY 2.1 Promote the Packard Area’s role as a cultural and artistic hub of the City
POLICY 2.2 Encourage the development of community events to build intergenerational and multicultural relationships that celebrate the diversity of the Packard Area
POLICY 2.3 Establish a cultural heritage district in the Packard Area
GOAL THREE Cultivate Strong And Inclusive Neighborhoods
POLICY 3.1 Strengthen the Packard Area Planning Alliance organization so that it fosters diversity and inclusivity among its member neighborhoods
POLICY 3.2 Strengthen and activate neighborhoods within the Packard Area

 

NEIGHBORHOOD PUBLIC REALM 

GOAL ONE Improve Neighborhood Mobility, Connectivity, And Transportation Infrastructure
POLICY 1.1 Establish safe, clearly marked pedestrian and bikeway routes to better connect neighborhoods and destinations
POLICY 1.2 Increase access to and encourage the use of public transportation
POLICY 1.3 Promote and support road improvements that enhance the safety of neighborhood streets for all residents
POLICY 1.4 Support the development of long-term improvement strategies to existing transportation, water and sewer infrastructure and utilities
POLICY 1.5 Enhance the aesthetic appearance of railroad overpasses that serve as gateways to the Packard Area
GOAL TWO Support The Growth And Maintenance Of Parks, And Open Spaces
POLICY 2.1 Ensure that existing parks, playgrounds, and open spaces are upgraded and maintained to a high standard
POLICY 2.2 Implement the recommendations from the Packard Park Master Plan
POLICY 2.3 Ensure that existing parks, playgrounds, and open spaces are physically accessible to all modes of travel from adjoining neighborhoods, schools, and corridors
POLICY 2.4 Ensure that all Packard Area residents have access to quality programming and recreational opportunities in existing parks, playgrounds, and open spaces
POLICY 2.5 Increase and Enhance the tree canopy throughout the entire Packard Area