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Winnetka's First Downtown Master Plan is Complete

September 13, 2016 10:58 AM

At the September 13 Regular Council meeting, DMP Steering Committee Chair Meg Benson gave an overview of the development process.  She noted that things moved at a very good pace and resulted in a plan that the Steering Committee unanimously approved.  Community engagement and the Working Groups provided valuable information from all corners of the Village, and the DMP envisions everyone in the Village working together – retailers, building owners, businesses, the Village and residents. 

Teska Project Principal Michael Blue acknowledged that the one-year timeline for developing a DMP was very aggressive, and meeting the deadline is an extraordinary feat.  He commended the Steering Committee and Chair Benson, Teska Planner Erin Cigliano, and Village staff for their focus and hard work.  He reviewed the process, which included extensive public and stakeholder outreach, development of vision statements, development of a market assessment, an urban design study, a review of land use and zoning principles, and a study of parking requirements and challenges.  A key learning from the public engagement process is that Winnetka needs to attract visitors from outside its boundaries in order for its downtowns to thrive.   

The Village Council is expected to formally adopt the Downtown Master Plan in October as a component of the Comprehensive Plan.  Discussions will be held in the upcoming budget sessions for Fiscal Year 2017 to determine which recommendations can be programmed for implementation next year and beyond.

To see the draft Master Plan click here.


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