Welcome!

Hi. Welcome to a site for having your voice heard as you participate in near-term and long-term planning for the future of Dayton, Indiana. As noted in The Small Town Planning Handbook, there are more than 13,000 small towns in the United States. A small town is an incorporated political unit with its own local government. Small towns differ from one another in size and location as well as in economic base, social conditions, and growth potential. These differences make planning in small towns a special challenge.

A group of Dayton townspeople - Ron Merkel, Lisa Stevenson, Dave Leininger, and Scott Swick - founded this site to explore the future of Dayton. We are here for friendly discussions. Let's calmly and resolutely discuss the pros and cons, pluses and minuses to various topics related to growth. Let's lay out our collective visions for 5-10-20 year horizons. Let's examine the economic development activities on Dayton Road, Yost Drive, Hine Drive, and State Road 38. Let's find the right opportunity for an Amazon or Dollar General to locate in our community, providing jobs and revenue for future growth.

Your Voice is the focal point to the site. A series of blog posts needs your input. Reply anonymously, if you desire, though reply.  We initially examined growth related to annexation of land south of town for the location of a new, upscale neighborhood: Baker Farms

Next topics for discussion? Here are some ideas that we have heard in discussion with townspeople, the Area Plan Commission, and businesses interested in the planned growth of Dayton. Join us! Lend Your Voice to the discussion.

  • A town park

  • Public/private partnerships

  • Class A offices or warehouses at the interstate?

  • Traditional neighborhood development (TND) of Dayton South

  • Extension of Yost Drive from 375S to Haggerty Lane (E 200 S)

  • Small town business opportunities

 The town council, comprised of townspeople elected in 2015, serves the interests of all 1,500 residents and 525 households in the Town of Dayton. Sometimes, 50 people can seem like the voice of all, when they really only represent a small number of us. Our elected officials are open to hearing  Your Voice . 

The town council, comprised of townspeople elected in 2015, serves the interests of all 1,500 residents and 525 households in the Town of Dayton. Sometimes, 50 people can seem like the voice of all, when they really only represent a small number of us. Our elected officials are open to hearing Your Voice

 The Area Plan Commission provides  guidance for growth  in all of Tippecanoe County.

The Area Plan Commission provides guidance for growth in all of Tippecanoe County.