South Bend: City to Host Public Workshops for Near West Side and Northeast Neighborhood Planning Process

July 28, 2021

The City of South Bend invites residents to attend a series of neighborhood planning workshops for the Near West Side and Northeast Neighborhoods starting in August.

"I encourage neighbors to get involved during this planning process," said Mayor James Mueller. "Resident feedback is vital to the development of strong neighborhood plans that chart the right direction for our community to move forward together."

The series includes two visioning workshops and a priorities workshop for each neighborhood.  The visioning workshops allow residents to provide their ideas as a broad direction is set for the neighborhood's housing, infrastructure, land use, amenities, and other key topics.   Building on the results of the visioning workshop, the priorities workshop helps determine each neighborhood's most important projects, policies, and programs.

The schedule for Near West and Northeast neighborhood planning workshops is as follows:

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Near West Side

Visioning Workshops: Tuesday, August 3, 6:00pm, Civil Rights Heritage Center – Virtual link:

Tuesday, August 10, 6:00pm, Civil Rights Heritage Center – Virtual link:

Priorities Workshop:  Wednesday, September 1, 6:00pm, Civil Rights Heritage Center – Virtual link:


Visioning Workshops: Thursday, August 5, 6:00pm, St. Joseph High School – Virtual link:

Thursday, August 12, 6:00pm, St. Joseph High School – Virtual link:

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Priorities Workshop: Thursday, August 26, 6:00pm, St. Joseph High School – Virtual link:

The City is also developing neighborhood plans this year for the Kennedy Park and Rum Village Neighborhoods and will host workshops in the fall for those neighborhoods.

"This year, our team is tackling the development of four neighborhood plans, including three on the City's west side," said Santiago Garces, executive director of the Department of Community Investment. "These plans help set a course for neighborhoods, and it is so important that as many voices as possible are involved in the planning process."

The results of these workshops will provide the basis for each neighborhood's plan, which will provide a shared long-term strategy for private and public investment in the area and will include transportation, housing, parks, zoning and building form, and other items important to the neighborhood.

For more information on the neighborhood planning process, visit the Together South Bend website at

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