Project Description

The City of Fort Wayne's Neighborhood Planning & Activation Workgroup is working closely with stakeholders in the East Central Neighborhood to develop a new ten-year strategic framework for project and program investment in the area.

The City of Fort Wayne's Community Development Division's Neighborhood Planning and Activation Workgroup is working with the East Central Neighborhood, local organizations, and institutions to develop the East Central 2035 Neighborhood Plan.

The expected outcome of this work is a 10-year neighborhood plan that provides a shared vision and direction for the neighborhoods, providing strategies for investing in growth, building community, and improving the quality of life for neighborhood residents, businesses, and organizations.

You may ask why a neighborhood plan is 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 "comprehensive" citywide plan cannot.

In short, everyone! This plan involves anyone who lives, works, worships, and participates in the East Central Neighborhood planning area, and we want to ensure your voice is included.

Direct involvement from the neighborhood's stakeholders and residents is central to developing a neighborhood plan. To ensure that the neighborhood planning process goes smoothly, a team of steering committee members, made up of residents and business owners in the East Central Neighborhood planning area, meet regularly to provide feedback and guidance in the plan development process.

Key Dates

Monday, May 20, 2024 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Economic Development Focus Group

An Economic Development & Community Partnerships Focus Group will be conducted on May 20th, at 2:00 PM at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne (555 East Wayne Street)

Friday, May 31, 2024 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Neighborhood History and Identity Focus Group

A Neighborhood History and Identity Focus Group will be conducted on Friday, May 31st at 2:00 PM at MKM Architecture + Design (435 East Brackenridge).

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Housing Focus Group

A Housing Focus Gorup will be conducted on Wednesday, June 19th at 5:00 PM at Indiana Tech (1600 East Washington Boulevard)

Share Your Input

Crucial to a good plan is the voices of the community. The East Central 2035 Neighborhood plan is seeking input through a variety of outreach opportunities, including the following:

English Survey

Spanish Survey

Interactive Map