Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The village will establish goals and look at how key areas can best be used. It has received grant money to evaluate an industrial area.
The village of Morton Grove is working on a Comprehensive Plan, Village Administrator Ryan Horne announced at the Feb. 11 village board meeting. The plan would be an update of the 1999 Comprehensive Plan, and would reflect the changes in businesses, land owners and occupants, the economy and other factors over the 14 years since that previous plan. “While there have been updates to the 1999 Comprehensive Plan, the changes in our village over the past five years have been significant,” Horne said. According to a statement from the village, updating the plan will include: 1) analyzing existing conditions, 2) identifying issues and concerns, 3) establishing a current ‘Vision’ for our community, 4) formulating strategic goals and objectives…
Thursday, September 15, 2011
After a year of surveying and workshops, residents made last minute suggestions to the draft of the Niles 2030 Comprehensive Plan.
New building developments at Golf Mill Shopping Center, additional bike paths and bus routes and intersection improvements at Shermer and Waukegan roads and Milwaukee Avenue and Ballard Street were just a few suggestions revealed at Tuesday’s public presentation of the village’s comprehensive plan. The plan, a living document, is a long-range guide for the village to help manage growth during the next 15-20 years. The last comprehensive plan was developed in 1971. Courtney Kashima of Houseal, Lavigne and Associates, the consulting firm the village of Niles hired to develop the comprehensive plan, worked with an appointed Niles sub-committee. Over the course of the past year, the firm held workshops to gather input from business owners, …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Village will look at residential areas, businesses, transportation and streets, recreation, schools and library, a downtown, etc., and develop a plan for the future.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
Community members put down on paper their hopes for what village could be in 2030.
Robert Poptile, 12, was at the Niles Senior Center with a mission. He and three of his friends had come to request that the village build a new skatepark. Poptile and his friends were able to make their voices heard, along with about 80 other concerned residents, at a visioning workshop Thursday that was one of the preliminary steps in revamping Niles' nearly 40-year-old comprehensive plan. The workshop was led by John Houseal, one of the owners of Houseal Lavigne Associates, the consulting firm hired to come up with a new plan for the village. He started the meeting by splitting everyone into 10 groups, forcing residents to mix it up and interact outside their familial or neighborhood cliques. "Comprehensive planning can't be …
Monday, January 3, 2011
Behind-the-scenes work sets stage for improvements, Robert Callero contends.
For a few years, the turmoil of having once-popular former Mayor Nicholas Blase arrested and charged in a kickback scheme took a fair amount of the Village of Niles' attention. In an interview with Patch, current Niles Mayor Robert Callero characterized 2010 as a year in which the village got back to focusing on government and business. "It was a quiet year in the village. It was a year of getting things done," Callero said. "It was a year of working on commissions and committees I had started." He listed the major areas in which that work took place: 1. Drafting an ethics code for village officials "The Ethics Board has come up with an ethics code, and it will pass it up to the village board for review," Callero said. Spurred at least …
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Residents get their turn to contribute ideas in developing 2030 comprehensive plan.
Ross Sweeny wanted bike racks and bike paths. Sherry Levin suggested the town needs a children's museum, which Skokie and Glenview both have. Mary Matousek said the village needed to provide services to senior citizens and determine how it was going to pay for them. All three spoke Tuesday evening at a meeting called by Niles officials who wanted residents to envisage what amenities and services the village should consider. The gathering was the beginning stages of developing the Niles 2030 Comprehensive Plan. John Houseal, a principal with Houseal Lavigne Associates, an urban planning consulting firm working with the village on the plan, facilitated the interactive meeting to elicit ideas. Houseal has described the comprehensive plan as a…
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
They brainstorm with planners in the early stages of compiling the village's comprehensive plan.
Niles business owners offered up ideas Tuesday morning faster than Trevor Dick, an urban planner, could write them on an easel. As the village begins the process of creating a comprehensive plan, about 40 representatives of mostly small, but some larger, businesses came to a kickoff meeting to brainstorm what they would like to see in Niles. John Houseal, a principal with Houseal Lavigne Associates, the planning firm the village hired to guide the development of a plan, led an interactive meeting in which he asked those in attendance what they wanted to see in the village that would make their lives as business owners easier. Compiling the comprehensive plan, he explained, would essentially be creating a road map of Niles' future. It would…
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
If you want to see a downtown, a town commons, a skateboard park or anything else you can imagine, speak up now.
If you've ever said, "I wish Niles had...," your opportunity to speak up has arrived. The village is working on the beginning stages of a comprehensive plan and is asking for input during a meeting at 8 a.m. Tuesday and at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Typically, such a plan lays out which areas of the village will be used for commercial, industrial, residential and other uses. But Niles planners are all ears to hear what else residents wants--whether it's a riverfront promenade, a theater company, a restaurant row or a snowmobile trail. "Maybe people feel there needs to be a community gathering space that doesn't exist now--or more open space in certain areas," said Bonnie Jacobson, a planner for the village. "Is your commute a hassle? Is it hard to …