On Tuesday, October 13th the Elizabethtown City Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution to adopt the Envision Elizabethtown 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This plan will guide development and growth for the city, working to improve the lives of all Elizabethtown residents. The adopted plan can be downloaded using the link below.


Notice is hereby given that the Elizabethtown Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the WesBanco Gallery of the Historic State Theater, 209 West Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  The hearing will be held to consider adoption of a new comprehensive plan including a statement of goals and objectives and all plan elements.  A draft of the proposed plan is available at

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Help shape the vision and goals for Elizabethtown!

Since the public meeting in August, the Steering Committee, City staff, and consultants have been working to shape the ideas and issues that were voiced by the community into a vision and set of goals which will guide the City’s growth into the future. These are based on input from the public meeting, online survey, mobile display board, meetings-in-a-box , online comments, youth engagement, and steering committee meetings.

Based on community input, four main themes were identified: Sustainable Growth, A Strong Legacy, Healthy Lifestyles, and Active Commerce. These themes were broken down into goals which will work to bolster Elizabethtown’s challenged areas and further reinforce the city’s strengths.

These goals and objectives are not yet set in stone. Public input is important throughout all stages of the comprehensive planning process, which means you can help shape and refine Elizabethtown’s goals for the future. After reading though the Themes, Vision Statement, and Goals below, please let us know your comments on what you like, dislike, or think needs to be a priority! Your input is needed to help ensure this plan is the best fit for the future of Elizabethtown! Comments can be submitted on the Contact Us tab, contacting Jim Shaw at Elizabethtown Planning & Development, or attending the November 21st Public Open House.


Help craft Elizabethtown’s future at a second public workshop on November 21st.

Elizabethtown KY – The City will be hosting its second public workshop for Envision Elizabethtown 2040 on November 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the WesBanco Gallery next to the State Theater (209 W. Dixie Ave.). This public workshop will be occurring during the second phase of the planning process and will present the draft vision statement, overarching goals, and various objectives and recommendations for the next twenty years. The City needs your help to provide feedback and prioritize the plan’s recommendations. The workshop will be an informal open house allowing participants to come and go as they like.

“We had great attendance at our last public meeting and saw a lot of creative ideas. We hope to see another good turnout for this second meeting. All ages are invited to attend, and the style of workshop is an open house format where you can stop by for a short period at any point during the meeting,” said Mayor Jeff Gregory.

Similar to the initial public workshop, at the conclusion of this second public workshop the City will launch another online survey to further capture ideas and feedback from community members who are not able to attend.

This public workshop follows intensive community engagement for the first phase of the plan that included a public visioning workshop, online survey, focus group meetings, youth activities, interactive mobile display, meeting in a box, and other online outreach. Following the open house and an online survey, the final phase of the planning process will begin. It will include public review of the draft plan before it is finalized. The plan is anticipated to be completed in the spring of 2020.

For more information about Envision Elizabethtown or to find information for upcoming engagement opportunities, please visit

If you would like more information about Envision Elizabethtown, please contact Jim Shaw ( at 270-982-5220.