Executive Summary

Purpose

The purpose of the Riverside-Normal City Action Plan (RNAP) is to improve the quality of the neighborhood as well as to create relationships between the Ball State University (BSU) community and homeowners. The function of the document is to:

  1. State the neighborhood’s needs and wants
  2. Become a tool to improve the neighborhood’s conditions
  3. Guide current and future growth
  4. Provide information for implementing and carrying out initiatives

Process

After meeting with the neighborhood, their wants and needs were separated into five goal groups. Each goal group is mentioned below, along with the initiative title and author. Community leaders should consider the opportunities and improvements outlined in this document to enrich the neighborhood. For the neighborhood plan to reach its full potential, residents’, volunteers’, and outside partners’ involvement is essential. When successful, the RNAP will have addressed the following:

  1. Business
    • Business Growth – Dustin House
    • Village Incubator – Matt Skelly
  2. Housing Stock
    • Construction of Student Housing – Mary Banning
    • Residential Code Enforcement – Mary Banning, Andres Nieto, and Megan Clevenger
  3. Public Infrastructure
    • Bring Back the Sidewalks – Brandon Burgoa
    • Historic Bricks of North Street – Megan Clevenger
    • Complete Streets – Austin Lawrence
    • Residential Stormwater Management – Samantha Wiser
    • Signage Placement & Expansion – Samantha Wiser
    • Snow Plowing & Removal – Megan Clevenger
    • Street Lights – Brandon Burgoa
  4. Resident Relations & Identity
    • Boundaries & Rental Registration – Jasmine Mason
    • Crime – Jade Broadnax
    • Encouraging Tenant/Owner Relationships & Engagement – Hailey Woods
  5.  Upkeep
    • Beautification – Zoie Motycka
    • Parking – Josh Law
    • Parks & Playgrounds – Carley Lemmon
    • Trash & Litter – Zoie Motycka
    • Trash Toters – Carley Lemmon

Connection to MAP

The Muncie Action Plan (MAP) drove the creation of the RNAP’s goals and initiatives. The MAP was created in July 2010 and contains guidelines for Flourishing and sustainable community development. Initiatives include: Linking Learning, Health and Prosperity; Fostering Collaboration; Strengthening Pride and Image; Creating Attractive and Desirable Places; and Managing Community Resources. Each initiative addressed in this plan incorporated ideas from the MAP. In order to make positive progress towards revitalization, it is essential to make connections between the neighborhood and the City of Muncie. The plan shares parallel ideas that can provide support for the RNAP and motivate residents to act as leaders within the community.

Mission Statement

The Riverside-Normal City (RNC) neighborhood does not currently have a mission statement. Once a neighborhood board is formed, creating a mission statement will be one of their first tasks. The mission statement should encompass the neighborhood’s present and future goals.

Riverside-Normal City and Ball State University

The BSU Department of Urban Planning assisted the RNC community in creating this neighborhood action plan. The students worked directly with RNC residents to meet the goals listed in the Process section above. Some techniques include direct observation and analysis of the neighborhood, public meetings, neighborhood surveying, and RNC design suggestions. By pairing with BSU, the Riverside-Normal City Neighborhood Association (RNCNA) hopes to help the community achieve its goals and foster improvement long into the future.