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Oak Park draft comprehensive plan ready for public review

Oak Park Village Hall | Sun-Times Media File

The following release comes from the Village of Oak Park:

The final draft of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan is ready for public review and comment. A public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Thurs., July 31 in the Council Chamber at Village Hall, 123 Madison St.

The draft document, which will help guide policy changes, land use, budget priorities and capital improvements for the next two decades, is posted online – just click here to download a copy.

Copies of the draft plan also are available for public review at Village Hall and the main branch of the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

The upcoming public hearing will include a presentation by consultant Houseal Lavigne Associates followed by public testimony from residents, business operators and other stakeholders.

Envision Oak Park, the process to update the Village’s Comprehensive Plan, began in October 2012. From discussions of broad concepts, the process moved to a close examination of key issues and then drilled down into the 11 quality-of-life topics distilled from nearly 75 workshops, interviews and meetings with residents, neighbors, business operators, students and community leaders.

Preliminary goals and objectives were identified in the categories of arts and culture; community health and safety; community life and engagement; economic health and vitality; education; environmental sustainability; governmental excellence; land use and built environment; neighborhoods, housing and diversity; parks, open space and environmental features; and transportation and infrastructure.

The information gathered through this extensive public process led to the draft plan now offered for public review and comment. Public input at the July 31 hearing will be presented to the Village Board for consideration. Adoption of the plan likely will occur in the fall.

Anyone unable to attend the hearing may submit comments prior to July 31 via email to planning@oak-park.us or U.S. Mail to Envision Oak Park, Development Customer Services Department, Village Hall, 123 Madison St., Oak Park, IL 60302.

For more information on the process, visit www.envisionoakpark.com.

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