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Town Centre Planning Updates

For up-to-date documents and information about Town Centre, visit www.hlplanning.com/woodridge.

Park Board Adopts Town Centre Master Plan

August 13, 2014 - The Woodridge Park District Board of Park Commissioners officially adopted the proposed Town Centre Master Plan at the August 12, 2014 regular board meeting. The proposed master plan achieves the original goals established in purchasing the property to preserve open space and use for parks, recreation, public grounds and civic purposes. The proposed improvements will further enhance the existing activities that currently take place in the Town Centre area such as the Woodridge Jubilee. The plan also reflects previously planned improvements on Park District owned properties (Hawthorne Hill Woods, Lake Harriet, & Lake Carleton/Community Center) identified in the District’s current Five Year Capital Development Plan.

The plan will serve as a blueprint as funds become available to guide future decisions on improvements that will further enhance the quality of life for its residents through nature, open space, recreation and civic uses.

The Park District was recently notified of an Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant for $200,000 for Lake Harriet improvements that will include but is not limited to a fishing pier and other site amenities. The grant agreement is expected to be finalized within the next few weeks. Construction could potentially start in spring/summer 2015. 

View Concept Plans and Provide Feedback at the Town Centre Open House

February 25, 2014 - In 2013 residents provided input at a public workshop and through website feedback on how Woodridge's Town Centre should be used by the community. Now, the consultant hired by the Village and the Park District has taken the community’s input and created three alternative options for the future use of the property located near Woodridge Drive and Center Drive.

The public is invited to the Town Centre Open House on Monday, March 10th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Edgewood School, 7900 Woodridge Drive. The public Open House will provide residents the opportunity to view and comment on three alternative Town Centre concept plans. There will also be a short presentation at 7:00 pm to summarize the key recommenda­tions for each alternative. Participants are encouraged to stop by anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 pm to view the plans and provide input. To RSVP for the Open House, please contact Jennifer Horn at (630) 719-4710 or jhorn@vil.woodridge.il.us.

ABOUT THE TOWN CENTRE MASTER PLAN
The Village of Woodridge and Woodridge Park District have been working with a consultant to develop a Town Centre Master Plan that includes a community supported vision that further strengthens the Town Centre as a community focal point. The Town Centre area is located near Woodridge and Center Drives and includes the follow­ing existing facilities: Village Hall, Woodridge Library, Village Police/Public Works facility, Park District Community Center, U.S. Post Office, Jefferson Junior High School, Hawthorne Hill Woods, Memorial Park, Lake Carleton, Lake Har­riet and 44 acres of open space jointly owned by the Village and Park District.
The feedback and suggestions gathered from the March 10th Open House will be used to formalize the alternatives into a preferred Town Centre Master Plan that will be presented to the Woodridge Plan Commission, Village Board and Park District Board in April.

Visit the project website at hlplanning.com/woodridge for up to date project information including meeting notices, meeting summaries and reports prepared by the Town Centre consultant. 

New Mapping Application Allows Woodridge Residents to Participate in the Town Centre Planning Process

May 30, 2013 - Interested in participating in the Town Centre planning process online? Participants can create their own Town Centre map in an interactive mapping application located on the Town Centre project website. The mapping application allows participants to create a map identifying suggestions, ideas, and concerns related to the Town Centre area.

To get started, visit the project website at www.hlplanning.com/woodridge and click “CREATE A MAP” at the top right corner of the homepage. Once you are in the application, click “Create a new map” on the left side of the page to get started.  You will then be prompted to enter your email address, pick a display name and create a password.  For more information or questions related to the Town Centre Master Plan project, please contact Jennifer Horn at (630) 719-4710 or jhorn@vil.woodridge.il.us.

The Town Centre area is located north of 75th Street and south of Hobson Road and includes the following existing facilities: Village Hall, Woodridge Library, Village Police/Public Works facility, Park District Community Center, U.S Post Office, and Jefferson Junior High School. Public open space within the Town Centre area consists of Hawthorne Hill Woods, Memorial Park, Lake Carleton, Lake Harriet and 44 acres of open space jointly owned by the Village and Park District. The Town Centre Master Plan will identify community preferred open space, recreational and civic land use alternatives for the Town Centre area.  A Town Centre Master Plan Community Workshop was held on Wednesday, May 29, which gave Woodridge residents and stakeholder an opportunity to share their vision for the Town Centre area.

Woodridge Town Centre Master Plan

April 15, 2013 - The Village of Woodridge and Woodridge Park District are beginning the process of creating a Town Centre Master Plan. The Town Centre area is located north of 75th Street and south of Hobson Road and includes the following existing facilities: Village Hall, Woodridge Library, Village Police/Public Works facility, Park District Community Center, U.S Post Office, and Jefferson Junior High School. Public open space within the Town Centre area consists of Hawthorne Hill Woods, Memorial Park, Lake Carleton, Lake Harriet and 44 acres of open space jointly owned by the Village and Park District. 

The Town Centre Master Plan project will identify land use alternatives and develop conceptual site plans for the Town Centre area. The intent of the Plan is to provide both the Village and Park District with a community supported concept that further strengthens the Town Centre as a community focal point.

According to Michael Mays, Community Development Director for the Village of Woodridge, “The Plan will not be successful without the participation of residents, property owners, and other community stakeholders.  Their input and ideas are important and the Village and the Park District are interested in their vision for Town Centre.”

Community Workshop
The first opportunity for the community to get involved will be a Community Workshop to be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Woodridge Park District Community Center, located at 2600 Center Drive, Woodridge.

The workshop will review the purpose of the Town Centre Master Plan, the planning process to be undertaken, the schedule for the study, and establish and refine the community’s vision and goals for the Town Centre. Click here to view workshop flyer.

The workshop will be an interactive experience designed to review, discuss, and identify conditions and potentials within the Town Centre. The results and feedback from the workshop, along with other community outreach activities, will be used to identify community priorities and objectives, and will serve as the foundation for the Town Centre Master Plan’s direction. 

For more information, or to provide additional feedback about the Town Centre Master Plan, visit the project website at www.hlplanning.com/woodridge. To RSVP for this workshop, or for more information, please contact Jennifer Horn at (630) 719-4710 or JHorn@vil.woodridge.il.us.

Village of Woodridge and Woodridge Park District Release RFP for a Town Centre Master Plan

March 14, 2012 - The Village of Woodridge and Woodridge Park District have released a Request for Proposals seeking submittals from professional planning consultants for the preparation of a Town Centre Master Plan that identifies community needs and an implementation plan that contemplates land uses, project phasing and financing for the Town Centre Area of the Village of Woodridge. The Town Centre Area is located near Woodridge and Center Drives where the Village Hall, Woodridge Library, Village Police/Public Works facility, Park District Community Center, U.S. Post Office, Jefferson Junior High School, Hawthorne Hill Woods Park, Memorial Park, Lake Carleton, Lake Harriet and 44 acres of open space jointly owned by the Village and Park District are located.

The consultant will work under the direction of the Village and Park District staff and will be responsible for coordinating the public input process, including public open houses, key person interviews and steering committee meetings. The public input gathered will be used to by the consultant to establish a community preferred land use plan for the Town Centre Area to be incorporated in the Town Centre Master Plan document. The Plan will become a policy tool that provides direction for all aspects of the Town Centre’s physical environment and a guide for infrastructure and other public investment needs.

Click here to view the RFP. The Village and Park District will periodically post new and updated information concerning this planning initiative on their respective websites. For more information, contact Jenny Walden, Senior Planner at jwalden@vil.woodridge.il.us.