Behold, the answers to your questions! Well a starter set, per se… This page was updated periodically throughout the planning process to provide a greater depth of info.
Q: What was the purpose of the plan?
The purpose of the DuPage County Route 83 Corridor Plan was to create a community-driven, action-oriented master plan for DuPage County that cohesively addressed issues and opportunities as they relate to land use and transportation for five corridor communities — Wood Dale, Bensenville, Addison, Villa Park and Elmhurst, Illinois.
The plan focuses on the future of unincorporated areas, but in a way that reflects the needs and goals of property owners and adjacent communities. The plan incorporates and builds on existing community initiatives while addressing future goals, site-specific needs and CMAP’s (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) On To 2050 Comprehensive Regional Plan.
Q: Land Use and Transportation are broad topics, can I get a bit more detail on what aspects the master plan was meant to address?
Absolutely – the Plan was formed through thoughtful technical analysis, public engagement and involvement by each of the communities, residents, stakeholders, and the project steering committee. Based on current conditions and outreach findings, the Planning Process aimed to address the following:
1. Ensure consistency between the county and municipal plan recommendations for development
2. Improving mobility and connectivity of pedestrian paths and bike networks
3. Explore “green” opportunities for regional stormwater and renewable energy
4. Identify key sites along the corridor based on market assessment and redevelopment factors
5. Address, advance and refine code enforcement needs and parameters
Q: What was the process?
Plan findings and initiatives were built on community input. Community meetings and interactive workshops were held to hear from residents, stakeholders, and elected officials, as well as the IDOT and other important stakeholders. A project steering committee comprised of representatives from each community served as “Plan Ambassadors” helping to further reach out to their respective communities, and provide valuable review of project materials. The process for developing the Route 83 Corridor Plan required hearing from each community to ensure success!
Q: How were stakeholders involved?
This very website was used throughout the process to provide information about the Plan, connect stakeholders to updates through e-blasts, and gather feedback online throughout the process via the Community Comment Corner. There were four community meetings which invited feedback on early findings and helped refine recommendations towards the end of the planning process.