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Phase 1 completed for new Corydon comprehensive plan

More than 40 people attended the Corydon Comprehensive Plan open house at Corydon Christian Church on June 4 for residents of Corydon to weigh in about what they like here, what could be improved and how land could be used during the next 20 years.
Earlier this year, a $40,000 planning grant from Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs was awarded to the Corydon Town Council.
‘Per regulations of the Indiana State Board of Accounts, this is a requirement for a municipality. A town is supposed to update their comprehensive plan every seven to 10 years, and the last one was done in 2007, which was before I came to work for the town,’ Treggie King, Corydon’s clerk-treasurer, said. ‘I believe the (town) council was drawn into this scenario as a process; however, as time has passed, there has been enlightenment as to what the community expects from their leaders … It was humbling to realize the economic status of our local residents and our lack of downtown business. It was also an eye-opener as to what responsibilities the town has for its citizens. The rebirth of Main Street Corydon has been vital in this process for me.
‘The Town of Corydon actively participating in the process of moving forward and being engaged with the community instead of observing what is occurring in the community has been essential to continuing the momentum,’ she said. ‘I believe we are ready to begin another chapter of our story.’
The grant allowed for community leaders and residents to organize and prioritize major goals for Corydon, as well as prepare to pursue even larger state and federal grants and private investments.
By 2035, Corydon’s population is expected to reach 3,700 people, a growth of 578, or 18.5 percent. For perspective, the population in Corydon grew by 15 percent from 2000 to 2010. Other statistics residents learned at the meeting were that 54.8 percent of all households in Corydon are owner-occupied, and the average cost of a home in Corydon is $96,800, with the median rent being $603. The town has 1,491 housing units, with the average number of people per household being 2.14, which is lower than other similar-sized communities in the state and nation; 36.7 percent of households are occupied by one person.
When it came to education, 85.1 percent of people age 25 and older had a high school degree or higher in 2010, with 7 percent having a bachelor’s degree and 5 percent having a graduate degree or higher. The median household income in 2010 was $37,801, with the per capita income being $19,308.
On average, of the 59 percent of Corydon’s population in the labor force, it takes residents 26.4 minutes to get to work.
When it comes to the comprehensive plan, the town has a four-phase process, designed by Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, outlined for executing the planning grant. Phase 1 looks at existing conditions; phase 2 will be for strategic planning and plan development; and the final phase will be for the implementation of strategies.
Phase 1, completed with the June 4 meeting, involved recognizing the town’s demographic conditions, existing physical conditions, cultural and social resources and visioning exercises.
In Phase 2, data from the recent meeting will be compiled and evaluated, with goals, objectives and strategies for meeting both being set. A steering committee will meet in July.
Phase 3 will focus on refinement and further development of strategies, with an August meeting date that will set up a strategic action plan that will address a time line, tools, program, funding and responsible parties.
Plan adoption takes place in Phase 4, when a final plan will be submitted to the Indiana Office of Rural and Community Affairs. As part of Phase 4, a steering committee will meet in September, with adoption meetings scheduled for October.

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