As the clock winds down toward Christmas and the end of the year, the St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force also is preparing to conclude its 18 months of work on a document to guide development here for the next 20 years.
It’s proven to be a divisive issue in the community on several fronts, not the least of which is the idea of developing multifamily homes — specifically, apartments. But the plan stretches across the community, from the West Gateway through the downtown to the East Gateway, and north to south as well. Further, it is intended to set the framework for future development, from commercial to industrial to residential. Consequently, it has drawn diverging views on other points as well.
The task force has been working with the city’s consultant, Houseal Lavigne Associates, to draft the plan and incorporate residents’ concerns into the document as well.
The next to final stage of the task force’s work is scheduled next week, when the public is invited to an open house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the City Council Chambers at the St. Charles Municipal Center, 2 E. Main St.
This is the last open house before the task force meets Dec. 12, 2012, to make a recommendation to the St. Charles Plan Commission on the draft 2013 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan Commission is expected to take its first official look at the plan on Jan. 8, 2013.
The city issued a release Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, inviting residents, property owners, and the business community to the open house to review the complete draft of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan. No formal presentation is scheduled during the open house, at which those attending are encouraged to offer their perspective on the document. Comment cards will be available to offer remarks.
With no formal presentation, the format allows people to drop in at any time during the open house.
For more information or to offer input online, go to www.stcharlesil.gov and click on the Comprehensive Plan badge at the bottom right of the page, or contact St. Charles Planning Division Manager Russell Colby at 630-377-4443.
- Nov. 18, 2012:Alderman Rogina: Plan Endorsement Premature
- Nov. 16:Rabchuk Endorses St. Charles Draft 2013 Comprehensive Plan
- Nov. 16:End in Sight for St. Charles Plan Panel
- Oct. 26:St. Charles Task Force Works to Polish Comprehensive Plan
- City of St. Charles: Comprehensive Plan Project Website
- Nov. 13: Draft of 2013 Comprehensive Plan