Village of Oak Park announcements - Oct. 1, 2012

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By Community Editor

Survey to gather public input for downtown streetscape design

Oak Parkers are invited to take an online survey as part of the planning process to develop a new streetscape design for Lake Street between Harlem and Euclid avenues. The purpose of the study, officials say, is to create a plan for unifying the downtown business districts, beautifying the corridor, encouraging increased activity and shopping, and improving walkability. Survey results will help the Village better understand the values, thoughts and desires of the community related to the Lake Street corridor. Just click here to take the brief survey.

Housing experts to discuss pros and cons of allowing condo rentals

Housing experts will cover the pros and cons of allowing condo unit owners to become landlords at a seminar scheduled for 7 – 9 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 4, at Village Hall, 123 Madison St. In addition to delving into the movement toward loosening rental rules in response to the rise in foreclosures, the panel also will offer questions to help determine what is best for the association. Call 708.358.5410 or e-mail housing@oak-park.us for more information.

Public invited to comment on draft hazard mitigation plan

The Public Works Department and Emergency Preparedness Division of the Health Department have prepared a draft Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan and are seeking community involvement in developing the final version. The draft plan is available for public review on the Village web site – click here to review. Staff will be available to discuss the plan with the public in an open-house format from 4 – 7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 10 in Room 101 of Village Hall. Comments also can be directed to Village Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Murray Snow via e-mail to msnow@oak-park.us or telephone 708.358.5488. The final plan will be the cornerstone of a long-term hazard mitigation strategy, with the key objective of reducing future disaster losses, while also meeting eligibility requirements for FEMA hazard mitigation grant funding.

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