The White River, a major tributary of the Wabash River, flows through Indianapolis, Noblesville, Fishers, and other surrounding communities as it meanders from east to west across Indiana. In recent years, the region around the state capital has experienced a renaissance. Development in local downtowns and other districts is accelerating, arts and cultural institutions are expanding their visions, and investments in parks and open spaces have contributed to a flourishing public realm and quality of life. The White River is the next frontier. Long invisible, the river is awakening from a period of underutilization and ecological degradation. Agency was engaged by a multi-county partnership to lead an interdisciplinary team to examine the complex and interconnected issues of human activity and ecological systems along the White River corridor.
The project process included a deep analysis of the area’s existing conditions, studies of the region’s cultural and natural history, ecology and hydrology, development potential, governance, activation opportunities, and open space system. Using this investigation as a foundation, the team developed a comprehensive and transformative vision for the region including a roadmap for implementing the plan recommendations. Engagement of key stakeholders, technical experts and public constituents occurred throughout the process to both inform the plan recommendations and build allies for the plan as it moves into implementation.
Building upon 12 months of research, discovery and development by our robust team of experts, both local and national, the White River Vision Plan culminates in a document that identifies and envisions enhancements for 58 miles of the White River. The final plan highlights areas along the river slated for new destinations, recreational assets, restoration and preservation, areas chosen based on ecological, economic, historical and cultural significance and important nearby neighborhoods.
Agency is proud to have led this effort with the collaboration and support of our team members: Christopher B. Burke Engineering, DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, Engaging Solutions, Fineline Graphics, Heritage Strategies, HR&A Advisors, INC., Land Story, Porch Light, Project Photo Docs, RATIO Architects, and Shrewsberry.
BSLA Merit Award in Analysis and Planning. 2020