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Woodridge to consider incorporating Town Centre plan into Comprehensive Plan

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 5:03 p.m. CDT
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An aerial rendering displaying the master plan for the Town Centre in Woodridge.

WOODRIDGE – The Woodridge Village Board on Thursday will consider an amendment that would incorporate a master plan to overhaul the Town Centre into the village's Comprehensive Plan.

The move would essentially declare the village's intent to give the Town Centre a facelift, though the amendment would not give approval to any final redevelopment project, according to village spokesman Jack Knight.

"It's more of a planning document stating that the community has set a vision for the area," Knight said.

Any specific project proposal would require a separate vote, Knight added. If the amendment is approved, the document that would be added to the Comprehensive Plan would include the most recent Town Centre Master Plan presented to the village board.

That master plan was presented to the village board during a meeting in late May. At the meeting, trustees questioned the proposal on several fronts, including whether it preserves enough green space and how it would be funded.

The 33 improvements/amenities that were proposed in the master plan included, among others:

• The addition of multi-purpose and interpretive sub-trails in Hawthorne Hill Woods

• An amphitheater, pedestrian promenade, picnic grove and sled hill

• A canoe/kayak launch and fishing pier on lakes Harriet and Carleton, respectively

At the meeting in May, Houseal Lavigne, the planning firm tasked with designing and proposing the master plan after more than a year of gathering community feedback, offered preliminary cost estimates for the 33 proposed improvements, for a total of $8.5 million, based on research.

While it proposed as a master plan, officials told trustees the plan was more of a guideline to figure out what the final project would entail, and how it could be funded.

Discussion on the Town Centre redevelopment is expected to continue in the following months.

In April, the Woodridge Plan Commission recommended approval of the amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.

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If you go

WHAT Woodridge Village Board meeting

WHEN 7:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE Werch Board Room inside Village Hall, 5 Plaza Drive

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What's a Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan is a policy tool that provides direction for all aspects of the community’s physical and economic environment, according to the Village of Woodridge. This includes future land use, transportation, community services, facilities, utilities and other village infrastructure. The plan is also used by the village to guide day-to-day decisions regarding development, zoning, infrastructure and other public investment needs. The current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2007.

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