Behold, the answers to your questions! Well a starter set, per se… This page will be updated periodically throughout the planning process to provide a greater depth of info.
Q: What is the purpose of the plan?
The purpose of the DuPage County Route 83 Corridor Plan is to create a community-driven, action-oriented master plan for DuPage County that cohesively addresses 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 will focus on the future of unincorporated areas, but do so in a way that reflects the needs and goals of property owners and adjacent communities. The plan will incorporate and build 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 may address?
Absolutely. We don’t have all the issues or answers yet — that will come from thoughtful technical analysis, public engagement and involvement by each of the communities, residents, stakeholders, and the project steering committee. That said, based on some current conditions and outreach findings to date, items the plan may look to address include:
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 is the process?
Plan findings and initiatives will be built on community input… starting now! Head on over to the Community Comment Corner to share feedback and ideas. Community meetings and interactive workshops will be 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 will serve as “Plan Ambassadors” helping to further reach out to their respective communities, and provide valuable review of project materials. The process requires hearing from each community to ensure success!
Q: How can I get involved?
Step 1: Use this website! Head over to the Community Comment Corner to share feedback and ideas related to past issues, opportunities, what you’d like to see where, etc. You can upload photos to support your feedback — i.e. “this would be a great location for a pedestrian overpass because…” or “this intersection is ripe for redevelopment because…” — share with us your wants and desires — an issue is an opportunity for improvement. Share your ideas with us today!
Step 2: Register today. Click the “Follow” button via this website and enter your email to receive project updates, meeting announcements and updates automatically to your inbox.
Step 3: Attend meetings and events! Two community workshops were held to share the Existing Conditions Report with the public and gather input on corridor goals. Two more community workshops will be held to share key recommendations with the public and gather input. The workshops are interactive events with opportunities to share and map experiences, concerns and ideas. Dates, times and locations of community events will be posted on the homepage, news page and announced via the email “Follow” feature. See Step 2 above!
Step 4: Spread the good word. Tell your friends, neighbors and community partners about this plan — encourage them to get involved, register, and attend events. When communities come together to plan, the results are stronger, pertinent and more rewarding for all involved. Word-of-mouth marketing is so meaningful and direct. Please help us in our efforts to further outreach and feedback!