Comprehensive Plan workshops, meetings invite public participation

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By Community Editor

The first in a series of business and community workshops and neighborhood meetings to maximize public participation in the process to update the Village's 20-year-old Comprehensive Plan are scheduled for next week.

Three business workshops are targeted to owners and managers, while four community-wide meetings intended to address the broader perspective on future development also are scheduled. Eight meetings based on the boundaries of the Village's eight elementary schools will allow for a more detailed discussion of neighborhood issues and concerns.

In addition, DIY (do-it-yourself) workshop kits are available from Village planning staff to allow residents, groups, organizations and institutions to facilitate their own workshops and discussions.

The Comprehensive Plan, last updated in 1990, serves as a guide in considering policy changes, land use, budget priorities and capital improvement planning. For more information, e-mail planning@oak-park.us. A project website – envisionoakpark.com – is expected to go live soon.

Business Workshops

  • Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St. 8-9:30 a.m., Tues., Oct. 16
  • Carleton Hotel ballroom, 1110 Pleasant St. 8-9:30 a.m., Tues., Oct. 23
  • Lake Theatre auditorium #3, 1022 Lake St. 8-9:30 a.m., Tues., Oct. 30

Community Wide Meetings

  • The Nineteenth Century Club ballroom, 178 Forest Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 16
  • Arts Center of Oak Park auditorium, 200 N. Oak Park Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 23
  • Oak Park Arms ballroom, 406 S. Oak Park Ave. 1-2:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 30
  • Unity Temple, 875 Lake St. 7-8:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 30

Neighborhood Meetings

  • Hatch Elementary School auditorium. 1000 N. Ridgeland Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 5
  • Whittier Elementary School auditorium, 715 N. Harvey Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 5
  • Lincoln Elementary School auditorium, 1111 S. Grove Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 7
  • Irving Elementary School auditorium, 1125 S. Cuyler Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 7
  • Beye Elementary School auditorium, 230 N. Cuyler Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 12
  • Longfellow Elementary School auditorium, 715 S. Highland Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 12
  • Mann Elementary School auditorium, 921 N. Kenilworth Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 14
  • Holmes Elementary School auditorium, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave. 7-8:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 14

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