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Town Centre master plan now part of Woodridge's Comprehensive Plan

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 11:05 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 11:40 a.m. CDT

WOODRIDGE – The Woodridge Village Board amended the village’s Comprehensive Plan on Thursday in a commitment to overhaul the Town Centre property.

The board voted 5-1 in favor of the move, which essentially declares the village’s intent to give the Town Centre a facelift. The amendment does not give approval to any final redevelopment project, village spokesman Jack Knight said.

“The [Town Centre] plan becomes a part of the community’s Comprehensive Plan, which serves as a guide for future development of the community over a 20-year period,” Community Development Director Michael Mays told the board before the vote.

The amendment adds the Town Centre master plan, including a 24-page outline of the project’s amenities and cost estimates, into the Comprehensive Plan document. It also boosts the village’s chances of obtaining grants for the project.

The 32 improvements/amenities proposed in the master plan include, among others:

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

• An amphitheater for entertainment in the summer that would double as a sledding hill in the winter

• A pedestrian promenade picnic grove

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

Planning firm Houseal Lavigne and Associates estimates the 32 proposed improvements would come with a pricetag of about $8.1 million.

“This plan balances a desire to preserve open space with amenities that would what is unique to the Town Centre,” Mays said.

Noone addressed the board during the public hearing portion of the proposal on Thursday.

Trustee Greg Abbott was the lone dissenting vote.

“To me, the pricetag is high,” Abbott said in a phone interview Monday. “The plan consists primarily of parking lots and waking trails. I didn’t think [the plan] would be anything that could be a focal point for the village and it’s not worth the money it’s anticipated to cost.”

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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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