Cambridge City Comprehensive Plan

The Cambridge City Comprehensive Plan outlines a vision and strategic framework for future development, redevelopment, and community building projects within the Town.


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Town of Cambridge City

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Cambridge City, IN

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Planning

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SB Research & Planning

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We led a complete update to the Town of Cambridge City, Indiana comprehensive plan. Cambridge City is a town of approximately 2,000 residents in western Wayne County, Indiana. The Town is located along the Historic National Road (US Hwy 40) and onetime Whitewater Canal. The downtown is home to several antique stores, restaurants, and other businesses that make Cambridge City a tourism destination. The community has significant historic district that encompasses more than 60% of the community’s total area and is listed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

Supported by a planning grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Cambridge City Comprehensive Plan outlines a vision and strategic framework for future development, redevelopment, and community building projects within the Town. The previous plan was created in 2002. Since then, the town has experienced significant redevelopment in the downtown, creation of the Gateway Industrial Park, and changes in leadership and staff. Given the present opportunities and changes that occurred, a new comprehensive plan was needed to respond to these changes, reflect current conditions, and most importantly, be representative of the vision and goals of current residents and businesses.

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The overall purpose of the new plan was to:

  • Identify strategies to enhance existing neighborhoods and locations appropriate for new housing development.
  • Promote development and redevelopment in alignment with economic development goals, both within the Town and at the Gateway Industrial Park.
  • Create action-oriented recommendations to help guide local decision-making regarding infrastructure improvements, land use changes, and parks and trails investment.
  • Ensure the Town can attract new jobs and residents while also maintaining the existing character and high quality of life.

The plan was developed over ten months and is the result of a detailed process that brought residents and stakeholders together. They identified existing conditions, recognized potential issues and opportunities, and created recommendations for the future. A Comprehensive Planning Committee (CPC) provided oversight to the process; it included representatives from the Town Council and Plan Commission, Town staff, business owners, and other community leaders. Additional in-person and online engagement opportunities included community workshops, a booth at the annual Canal Days festival, and a project website.

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