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Mayor Leichty honored to host Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The City of Goshen and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce yesterday hosted Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The board had a series of meetings as part of their quarterly business event followed by a public session at the Goshen Theater with more... more

Goshen recognized for outstanding environmental planning

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers (INAFSM) awarded the City of Goshen the Outstanding Floodplain Project Award for creating and implementing the Goshen Flood Resilience Plan during its annual conference last week.   The annual statewide award recognizes an outstanding... more

Final brush collection of 2023

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The final brush pickup of the year will begin the week of September 25, 2023. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by 7:00 a.m. in the morning on... more

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FINAL Summer Brush Collection

Monday, September 25, 2023

Board of Works

Monday, September 25, 2023, 2:00pm

To join the webinar please copy and paste this link on your browser: or call 309-205-3325. Webinar ID: 829 8672 2338. Comments are no longer taken online.

Shade Tree Board

Monday, September 25, 2023, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Growth Strategy

Goshen Growth Strategy—Growing with Purpose

The City of Goshen and the Goshen Growth Strategy Steering Committee would like to thank all of those who participated in the public engagement activities over the past several months. Below is a summary of the information collected and analyzed at this point. More details and information will be provided soon!

  • Community Listening Sessions - 4 sessions with 50 participants
  • Web-Based Survey – 936 completed surveys
  • 8 Focus Groups 8 – Environmental, Builder/Developers, College Students, Industrial, Council, Youth (Goshen High School), Latino/a/x, Small Business
  • Press Releases, Notices, and Newsletter Articles
  • First Fridays in August (Promoted Survey) and September (Promote Survey and collected 50 additional Postcards)

Some preliminary results of the survey are:

Survey key findings: 

  • Housing, transportation (traffic flow), and diversity of manufacturing seemed to be most top of mind
  • Diversity cuts both ways
  • When it comes to more “things to do,” restaurants (variety in particular) seemed to be of most interest
  • There’s a general appreciation for parks, nature, and, especially, trails
  • When growth was specifically mentioned, it was mostly in support of smart growth, infill, and density

Of those who responded that they were residents, they were asked “what is your top reason for choosing to live in Goshen?” they responded:

When asked which best describes how you think the City of Goshen's population has changed in the past 5 years? The responses were:

When the question “What do you like about Goshen NOW” was asked the responses were:

When the question “What do you not like about Goshen NOW” was asked the responses were:

When the question “What would you like to see in Goshen” was asked the responses were:

The purpose of the City of Goshen Growth Plan is to provide local officials, residents and developers with a tool to drive development in an orderly manner that is consistent with community goals and values. To accomplish this, we will:

  1. Access Goshen's current situation and potential opportunities related to growth and development through a review of existing conditions and a series of community engagement activities designed to determine general attitudes and perceptions about growth and development, but also, as needed, more targeted feedback to help guide specific strategies.
  2. Provide technical analysis that will quantify the land area required to support the continued growth and development of the city; identify priority areas for future growth and the land uses that are the best fit for these; and
  3. Recommend policies informed by the engagement activities and analysis which will promote the physical development of the community in a coordinated and consistent manner that improves the quality-of-life of Goshen residents.

Community Engagement

A diverse and inclusive planning process will result in a more widely accepted and authentically Goshen-centered plan. Various touch points with the community will be deployed throughout the entirety of the planning process to help inform, consult involve and/or collaborate with residents. A deliberate and concentrated effort to work with community stakeholders will help facilitate understanding, gather perspectives, and built trust in the process and plan. A community engagement process will include a series of outreach tools and methods with consideration made both in English- and Spanish- speaking stakeholders, including the following:

  • Community input sessions
  • Community survey
  • Press releases, notices and newsletter articles, so be sure to check social media and local news for updates!
  • Community photo submission

Read the summary in a PDF format: