Park Forest's Sustainability Plan Project
Update (6/27/2012) -
Final Sustainablilty Plan documents are now available for download!† Click on the following links to view the information.†
- To view the full Sustainability Plan click†here.
- To view the Sustainability Plan appendices click†here.†
Update (3/22/12) - The draft of the Park Forest Sustainability Plan is now available for public review. Please click here to read the draft plan today.† The Appendices are still being developed and will be added prior to the Plan Commissionís review of the Plan. †Please check back to this web site for the date of the Plan Commission Public Hearing, which we expect will occur in April.
The first step in developing Park Forestís Sustainability Plan is complete and ready for public review.† The Sustainability Assessment provides a thorough evaluation of existing conditions, programs, and initiatives currently underway in the Village of Park Forest.† It also provides a general overview of the 15 topic areas that will be explored in detail in the Sustainability Plan.† Finally, and most importantly, the Sustainability Assessment establishes the Vision and Goal statements that will shape the Plan recommendations in the next phase of the planning process.
To view a†copy of the Sustainability Assessment, click here.†
The next step in developing the Sustainability Plan is to develop strategies to help implement the Vision and Goals contained in the Sustainability Assessment.† The publicís input is needed to ensure that this step in the Plan reflects the communityís desires for a sustainable community.† To that end, all residents and Park Forest business owners are invited to participate in a public assessment tool.† This survey will take should take no more than 15 minutes to complete, unless you have a lot of input to share. Please use the following link to access the assessment tool.
Share this information with your Park Forest friends and family.† This assessment will be available through March 2012.
If you have any questions about the Sustainability Plan process, please feel free to contact Hildy Kingma, AICP, Director of Economic Development and Planning.† Hildy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 283-5622.
HUD and CMAP build capacity for local planning
Especially in challenging economic times, many communities have difficulty allocating enough resources to plan as proactively as they would prefer.† At the same time, proactive planning is necessary for economic prosperity and protecting community assets. †The HUD-funded effort is helping fill this gap by making staff resources and grants available to assist with local planning projects that help to implement GO TO 2040, the first comprehensive plan for metropolitan Chicago in more than 100 years.
The HUD grant to CMAP was announced one day after leaders of the seven-county region, on October 13, 2010, unanimously adopted GO TO 2040.† The regionís plan establishes coordinated strategies that help the regionís 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.† See www.cmap.illinois.gov for more information.
With the three-year $4.25 million HUD award (http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/press-release-10-14-10), CMAP has begun a new Local Technical Assistance program sponsored by HUD as part of the federal interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.†CMAP issued a call for projects in early 2011, prompting more than 220 proposals from over 130 municipalities, counties, interjurisdictional groups, and nongovernmental organizations Ė an indication of significant unmet demand for local planning capacity.
In March, CMAP began partnering with the first wave of 62 local governments, nonprofits, and intergovernmental organizations selected for assistance.† Like the Park Forest effort, these projects address local issues at the intersection of transportation, land use, and housing, including the natural environment, economic growth, and community development.† Download a full list of projects at http://goo.gl/1nYBM.
Watch the video on the†CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program.
CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.†