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Downtown Master Plan

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In July 2017, the Village Council appointed a Downtown Master Plan (DMP) Implementation Task Force to begin work on the 2016 DMP Action Plan.

On June 19, 2018, the Village Council adopted the Downtown Streetscape & Signage Master Plan.


Members of the Task Force included:

  • Jon Talty, Chair
  • Margaret Benson
  • Steve Hudson
  • Margaret Lamason
  • Scott Myers, Trustee
  • John Swierk, Trustee
  • Bob Winter

The Task Force's initial assignment was Streetscape and Signage Plan Development for the Elm Business District. In September 2017, the Village Council engaged Teska Associates, who worked on the 2016 DMP, to facilitate Task Force meetings.

Review Task Force meeting agendas

Downtown Master Plan Process

Winnetka formally began work on its Downtown Master Plan on October 12, 2015 when the project Steering Committee and Working Groups held a joint kick-off meeting at the Winnetka Community House.

The purpose of a Downtown Master Plan is to evaluate and consider enhancements to Winnetka's three business districts:  Downtown Elm Street, Hubbard Woods, and Indian Hill.  The outcome of the nearly year-long process was a set of recommendations covering issues such as: land use, development regulations, zoning, circulation, parking, urban design and potential new development.


A fundamental component of the process was public participation.  To that end, a Steering Committee comprised of community members, including three Village Trustees, was appointed to work closely with the Village's Downtown Master Plan consultant.  In addition, Working Groups representing residents, merchants, business people, and commercial property owners was tasked with contributing their particular insight and expertise.  The Working Groups will also function as community liaisons to bring information to the community, as well as convey community input to the Steering Committee.

On April 13, 2016 the Village published a special edition of the Winnetka Report newsletter-- entirely dedicated to the Downtown Master Plan.

On August 29, 2016 the public got a sneak preview of Winnetka's new Downtown Master Plan during a Preview Party, and then at the September 13, 2016 Regular Council meeting, DMP Steering Committee Chair Meg Benson gave an overview of the development process. On November 3, 2016 the Council formally adopted the Downtown Master Plan as a component of the Comprehensive Plan via Ordinance M-12-2016. 



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