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Community Offers Ideas for the Downtown Comprehensive Plan at Open House

An Estimated 200 People Attended

Development opportunities potentially will be available in the downtown—the Police Department relocating is one example. To prepare for this, the City is updating a portion of its 2013 Comprehensive Plan that focuses on the area shown.

We reached out to the community for their input and were very pleased with the response. An estimated 200 area residents, and property and business owners came out to an Open House April 24 to offer feedback on several issues and learn more about potential opportunities for this downtown area. The event was hosted by the City’s Community & Economic Development Department. We appreciate the input and are compiling the information gathered into a report for the Plan Commission to review at an upcoming public meeting.

Interactive Exercises Kept the Ideas Flowing

Land Use Mapping

Participants identified their preference for how land within the study area should be used in the future—residential, commercial, mixed-use, office, parking or open space.

Visual Preference Survey

Attendees viewed images showing different types of developments and ranked their preferences of examples in each category—residential, commercial, mixed-use, open space, parking, and streetscapes. 

Development Visioning Map

Participants indicated what they wanted to see preserved or changed within the study area, or provided a location-specific comment. Everything from the old railroad bridge to iconic structures like the Municipal Building was under review. 

Active River Concept

Concept plans for the Active River project were on display and comments were collected.

More photos are on our flickr page. For more information, visit the project webpage or contact the Community & Economic Development Department at 630.377.4443 or

updated May 02, 2019