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Hamilton invites District 5 to get involved with the Shawnee Neighborhood Plan

Friday May 20, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

The Shawnee Neighborhood Advisory Committee is ready to move forward with an effort to develop a community vision for the area. The Committee is asking for the public to become involved with providing ideas for the future.

“We have seen many areas of Metro Louisville where communities have not only focused on things such as land use and economic development but they have also taken a serious look at what needs to be done to enhance neighborhoods,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “The idea of a community vision may be new to some but the goal is to focus on those things that make an area more livable with things such as parks, housing, green spaces and gardens.”

The Advisory Committee was appointed back in January by Mayor Greg Fischer. The panel has been appointed to come up with an updated neighborhood plan for the Shawnee area. At their first meeting the public has been invited to learn more about the committee’s work and how they can get involved.

The meeting is set for Monday, May 23rd at the Shawnee Arts and Culture Center, 607 S. 37th Street beginning at 6:00pm.

Jim Embry, the founder and Director of the Sustainable Communities Network, will be the featured speaker. Mr. Embry is located in Lexington which is considered a leader in sustainability issues.

One aspect of sustainability is an ongoing process of preserving more of the environment in neighborhoods through green spaces and other areas.

“This is just one area being considered for the community vision,” says Hamilton. “The Advisory Committee needs to hear from residents in order to get a wide range of ideas and thoughts for the future viability of the Shawnee neighborhood for the next ten to twenty or more years. So I encourage everyone to come out and be a part of this effort to improve and plan for their community.”

For more information about the meeting, contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5