2014 Labor Day Picnic a Success!

We wanted to thank all of our 80+ neighbors and friends who visited, brought food, and shared in the hospitality this past Monday for our annual Labor Day Picnic celebration at Lincoln Park.  Good times were had by all.

The New Chauncey Neighborhood Association would also like to thank the West Lafayette Fire Department for their attendance.  The fire truck tours are always a big hit with the children.

Thank you again and take care

We will do it again next year!

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Don’t forget, we will have our annual meeting:

October 9th
7:00-9:00 pm
Morton Ctr Rm 106.

Meet and Greet 2014

Welcome Back: Meet and Greet 2014

Would you like to help be the face for the New Chauncey Neighborhood?  Do you like to meet the new members of the New Chauncey?

Join us August 26th, 6PM at Wang Hall.

Wang Hall MapDon’t worry, the building is actually there.

Neighbors and City officials will meet at Wang Hall to pick up materials to handout for the annual Meet and Greet. From Wang Hall, we will depart and go meet new neighbors in parts of New Chauncey and Northwestern Heights.

If you would like to help, show up a little before 6PM to Wang Hall. Please help spread the word and encourage neighbors to attend.

As always, your efforts are appreciated.

From the Purdue Press Release:

Purdue, West Lafayette to welcome students living off campus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the 15th consecutive year, volunteers from Purdue University and the city of West Lafayette will go around the New Chauncey and Northwestern Heights neighborhoods on Tuesday (Aug. 26) evening to meet students living off campus and welcome them to West Lafayette and Purdue.

In July university President Mitch Daniels appointed Frank Dooley, interim vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, to serve as chairperson of the Purdue Community Partnership Team.

“Each year, thousands of Purdue students live off-campus and are an integral part of the Purdue and West Lafayette communities,” Dooley said. “We want to welcome our students into their neighborhoods and provide them with resources for living in the community.”

Volunteers will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wang Hall on Northwestern Avenue. Each volunteer will get a gold Meet and Greet T-shirt, a street map of the near-campus neighborhoods showing student residences, and door hangers with information about Purdue and West Lafayette that they will leave at each residence they visit.

Volunteers will divide into small teams and walk around the neighborhoods to make their visits. Meet and Greet is arranged jointly by the Purdue University and West Lafayette Community Partnership teams.

“The main purpose of the teams is to work together to build on the strong relationship between Purdue and the city of West Lafayette,” said Beverly Shaw, chair of the West Lafayette team and marketing and grants administrator for West Lafayette.

“Those of us already here know that West Lafayette and Purdue are great places to be,” Mayor John Dennis said. “We want to share that sense of pride in our community with students who may be new to West Lafayette.”

Meet and Greet is open to any West Lafayette resident and Purdue community member who wants to volunteer.

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Volunteer: Littleton and Fowler Pocket Park (with a Bench)

Good evening everyone.

Tonight, after a note from a neighbor, I rode over to New Chauncey’s Littleton and Fowler pocket park.

It appears that this pocket park at the intersection of Littleton and Fowler has become overrun with weeds, invasive plant species, and is in need of attention before it falls into further vegetative despair.

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We are working with neighbors to find individuals or groups who would be willing to spend a small chunk of time (e.g. 30 minutes) every once in a while to pull weeds, debris, and provide general gardening maintenance.

In 3 minutes, I was able to pull these weeds.  Sadly, I only brought gloves, so one root ripped, but I have a gardeners pal that will join me next time.

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If you or know of people who would be interested in this volunteer opportunity, please let us know.

Also, we are working on ways to allow a more inspirational view from the bench.

The visual perspective could use some enhancements.  What would you like to see?

Littleton and Fowler Pocket Park Perspective

The start, I am going to see if we can move the One-Way and info sign (seen in this shot):

Littleton and Fowler Pocket Park Perspective

Maybe a small reading rack, supplied by the Free Little Library at the New Chauncey Housing, Inc.’s office, beside the bench?

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Sunday Strolls: A Bucket, Gloves, and Company

This past Sunday, Anne and I walked around a few streets in our great neighborhood, New Chauncey.  On this particular occasion, we decided to bring some gloves and a bucket to pick up the litter, debris, and other waste around our common, public areas.

Here is the result of a nice, 30-minute leisurely stroll:

Trash, Litter, and Debris from around New Chauncey 2014-06-15

We would like to make this a standing activity in the neighborhood.  Grab a bucket, some gardening gloves, and a keen eye on your next walk.  Look for plastic bags, cigarette butts, and other items that cloud the beauty of our landscaping, parks, and passageways.

Knock on some doors.  Ask if your neighbors want to go for a walk and a chat.  Grab a cup of coffee after.  Maybe some tea.

Think of it as a neighborly Clean Sweep every week.  The day doesn’t matter, and the effort will be celebrated.

Share your pictures of the items you find on our streets.

West Lafayette Moving to a Class 2 City?

UPDATE:  Ordinance 17-14 passed its first reading.  The City has some legal items to clear up prior to the next vote which may happen as soon as July or August.

A tremendously important question is being asked at the June 2nd West Lafayette City Council meeting:

Ordinance No. 17-14 An Ordinance Changing The Classification Of The City Of West Lafayette From Third Class To A Second Class City (Sponsored by Mayor John R. Dennis)

You can read the full agenda of the June 2nd West Lafayette City Council Meeting.

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APC: Rezoning and Form Based Codes for New Chauncey

A recent Dave Bangert article discussed some development items occurring around #greaterlala.  One  section in particular dealt with New Chauncey and the Lafayette Centennial Neighborhood.

According to April’s Area Planning Commission minutes, the New Chauncey neighborhood will be receiving two updates to its exiting land use plan: rezoning and form based codes.

Step 1 of the process will be to take the Land Use Plan and update the zoning for each area to the appropriate designation made in the plan.

Step 2 of the process will be to write the text for each block (they are broken down by number) to contain appropriate form based code.

The APC hopes to vote on this in September.

If done properly, these two changes should help maintain the character of our neighborhood and provide for better new developments around us.

Below are the minutes from the APC’s April meeting pertaining to this discussion:

VII. DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Sallie Fahey said she has nothing to add to the report that was emailed earlier today. She said the one item of interest in the report is that we are starting work on zoning implementation of the adopted Historical Centennial and New Chauncey Neighborhood Plans.

This is the first time we will be taking a two-step approach and Step 1 for each neighborhood is to apply our existing zoning districts in a neighborhood rezone to create the best fit for each neighborhood’s vision and goals.

For Step 2, we will be using a new tool called form based codes that will be created specifically for each neighborhood to implement each adopted plan more completely and this will be a much longer process.

In Step 2 we will use new tools that get into things like maximum setbacks in order to refit urban neighborhoods. She added that there may be some architectural elements to the form based code that will mirror existing architectural styles in the neighborhoods.  She explained that Historical Centennial will be done first because it was adopted first but she hopes to do Step 1 for each neighborhood somewhat concurrently.

Carl Griffin believes the form base code will be a lot more involved and he asked Sallie Fahey how long she thinks Step 2 will take.

Sallie Fahey said that depends on how well this idea is embraced by the neighborhood and the city councils. The neighborhoods and the councils will need to agree that the forms being created for the neighborhoods will better achieve the goals that the neighborhoods set out for themselves. The process could go smoothly or there could be opposition making us step back to retool and rethink the concept. Everything that would guide the creation of a form based code is already adopted in the plan. She then said we will start with a standard rezone for each neighborhood and she thinks it will be easier for the Ordinance Committee to deal with one neighborhood at a time. She went on to say Ryan has drafted a first cut of the neighborhood zoning map for Historic Centennial. Staff will review the map next week and after that we will be meeting with Lafayette staff about a week after that. We will then take the map to the neighborhood and then follow the process adopted by APC in 1998 requiring notification to every property owner in the neighborhood. This will be followed by Ordinance Committee hearings and finally APC adoption.

Once the Ordinance Committee makes a recommendation for Historic Centennial we will bring New Chauncey to the Ordinance Committee.

Carl Griffin asked if a 10-12 week timeline is reasonable.  Sallie Fahey thinks it is likely that Historic Centennial will go to the Ordinance Committee in July. She hopes to be able to bring New Chauncey to the Ordinance Committee by September.

State Street Master Plan Village Picture

Updates from around the City – May 2014

We hope everyone has been having a good start to this Spring. With classes winding down at WLCSC and Purdue ramping up for the Summer semester, the City and neighborhood has been hard at work.

State Street Master Plan Executive Summary

The State Street Master Plan is moving forward and an executive summary and two presentations were given this week.  One before the Traffic Commission and another before the Redevelopment Commission.

You can download the full 12-page executive summary of the State Street Master Plan.

Seeking Artists for Public Art

The City of West Lafayette and its Public Arts Team seek Midwestern artists, teams of artists, or design firms to create a permanent public artwork in the Tapawingo Park.  For more information, please view the following:

Wireless Internet Access at West Lafayette Farmer’s Market

West Lafayette, Ind. – May 19, 2014 – The City of West Lafayette’s wireless internet has been extended to the public and vendors at the West Lafayette Farmers Market in Cumberland Park.

There are two available wireless SSIDs located at the Market. One is a secure connection for vendors only and one is the same public access the city offers in other areas such as Morton, all fire stations, wastewater, The Village, etc.
The public will connect to the WL-Public SSID. A password is not required and connecting is free of charge. Users will have to accept a basic user agreement, however, after doing so they are free to surf the web, check email, and use social media on the free wireless network.
A different, protected network is available to vendors, especially those accepting credit cards.

Greater Lafayette’s Bike to Work Day 2014-05-16

Air up your tires, calibrate your brakes, and prepare for Greater Lafayette’s Bike to Work Day!

In celebration of National Bike Month, the Greater Lafayette community is invited to participate in two organized rides on May 16.

According to a press release distributed by Purdue:

  • Gather in Lafayette at 11th and Main streets, near K. Dees Coffee & Roasting Co.
  • Gather in West Lafayette at the southeast corner of Salisbury Street and Lindberg Road in the former Burtsfield School parking lot.

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Each group should gather at 7:30-7:45 a.m. for a brief kickoff ceremony. Each ceremony will include a proclamation from the respective city’s mayor and drawings for gift cards to Hodson’s Bay in West Lafayette and Virtuous Cycles in Lafayette. Coffee will be provided at both locations.
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We can all look forward to a wonderful speech by our very own Mayor Dennis and then ride in fellowship to our places of work.

Hope to see you out there!

Of Interest:  Think  Lafayette had a wonderful post about last year’s Bike to Work Day.

The NCNA supports the ongoing sustainability and historic preservation of the New Chauncey Neighborhood in West Lafayette Indiana