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Evans Spring Area Plan


Evans Spring Area Plan adopted by City Council on April 15, 2013.

The Evans Spring Area Plan (9 MB PDF) was adopted by City Council with a 6-0 vote at its public hearing on Monday April 15, 2013 at 7 PM. Planning Commission voted to recommend approval to City Council for adoption as a component of Vision 2001-2020, the City's comprehensive plan, at its regularly scheduled meeting on March 12, 2013.

For more information contact Frederick Gusler at 853-1104 or

The Planning Process, 2011-13

Evans Spring Area Plan (9 MB PDF) as adopted by City Council April 15, 2013

Map of the Planning Area

The Valley View Interchange

The Public Involvement Process

Executive Committee Meetings

Public Meetings

Next Steps

Model Development Portfolio


The Valley View Interchange

The Valley View interchange is slated to be finished and open in 2016. This interchange will complete the scope of the original project and will allow access to and from Valley View Boulevard and Interstate 581 in all directions. Upon completion of this project, the interchange will be a dead end on its southern side (the side across 581 from Valley View Mall).

This new interchange opens up possibilities for a future street connection to it on the southern side. Such a connection would provide access to roughly 130 acres that adjoin 581 and the neighborhoods of Fairland, Melrose-Rugby and Washington Park. It is anticipated that this land will be the subject of future rezoning requests in order to develop it.

The Public Involvement Process

Since most of this land is not part of any neighborhood groups’ boundaries or included in a neighborhood plan, the first step in addressing the future of this land was a public neighborhood planning process to establish a policy framework and development principles to guide its future. It is vital that the public continues to play an active role in this planning process, as this document will guide what happens with this land and will be used by staff, the Planning Commission and City Council to make future development decisions.

City staff met with individual neighborhood groups, various professional focus groups, and held two public meetings at Lucy Addison Middle School in 2011. Based on the input received in those meetings, In 2012 an Executive Committee of neighborhood leaders and Evans Spring land owners was formed and met five times.

Comments from all of those meetings are available below in chronological order from the most recent to the earliest. There may be additional meetings in the future (see the Next Steps section below for more information). Meeting dates and times will be posted on this web page.

    Executive Committee Meetings

    After the three public meetings in 2011, staff evaluated the input and questions received from the public. It was apparent that there was a lot of confusion and misunderstanding among the public.

    In order to communicate the process more effectively and build consensus on the plan, the executive committee was formed. The committee was comprised of leaders of the three adjoining neighborhood ogranziations (Fairland Civic League , Melrose-Ruby Neighborhood Forum, and Washington Park Alliance for Neighborhoods), Evans Spring land owners, Planning Commission members and City staff. Meeting notes from those meetings are provided below:

    July 17, 2012

    June 5, 2012

    May 15, 2012

    April 17, 2012

    March 20, 2012

    Public Meetings

    Public meetings were held on July 28, August 18 and October 13 at Lucy Addison Middle School.
    Download the public comments & the presentations from the meetings:

  • Presentation for Public Meeting #3, October 13, 2011

  • Presentation for Public Meeting # 2, August 18, 2011

  • Presentation for Public Meeting #1, July 28,2011

  • July 28, 2011 Evans Spring Public Meeting Comments

  • Meetings were held October 16th and 25th at William Fleming High School to present the Evans Spring Area Draft Plan to the public. Displays, maps, and other information were available and staff was on hand to answer questions and receive input. Download the plan:

    Evans Spring Area Plan Draft September 28, 2012

    Presentation for Draft Review Meeting, October 16, 2012

    Click here to view comments from the October 16th meeting.

    Presentation for Draft Review Meeting, October 25, 2012

    Click here to view comments from the October 25th meeting.

    Click here to download a copy of the History of the Evans Spring area.

    Focus Group Meetings

    In addition to the larger public meetings, staff met with several smaller groups of professionals and neighborhood organizations. Click the links below to review comments from these meetings:

    Neighborhood Focus Groups

    Neighborhood Leaders November 28,2011

    Top Hill Drive Focus Group Meeting August 9, 2011

    Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Focus Group Meeting July 12, 2011

    Washington Park Neighborhood Focus Group Meeting June 28, 2011

    Fairland Neighborhood Focus Group Meeting June 20, 2011

    City Staff & Professional Focus Groups

    Economic Development Focus Group Meeting July 27, 2011

    Public Works/Parks and Recreation Focus Group Meeting July 8, 2011

    Economic Development Focus Group Meeting June 20, 2011

    Model Development Portfolio

    As part of the planning for Evans Spring, staff researched recently developed town centers and mixed use developments around the country. Pictures and examples were compiled to present to the public, many of which were included in the third public meeting (see above). The following portfolio is a work in progress. As additional examples are found they will be added.
    Evans Spring Model Development Portfolio

    Next Steps

    It is anticipated that rezoning requests will be filed to develop the Evans Spring land. These requests will follow the same process as the plan as noted above, with Planning Commission and City Council public hearings (see p. 27 of the plan). The requests will be evaluated based on the policies of the adopted Evans Spring Area Plan. Thus, the public will have opportunities to comment on the plan prior to any official action, and on any rezoning requests that follow.