Downtown Comprehensive Plan Update

Current Status:

The Plan Commission concluded review of the Comprehensive Plan amendment in January 2020 and their recommendations for the East and West Side Study Areas are posted in the project documents menu.

City Council Planning & Development Committee reviewed the Plan Commission recommendations and final draft plan documents on Feb. 10, 2020. The Committee made a motion to recommend approval and forward the Comprehensive Plan Amendment to City Council for public hearing and adoption. The hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

Meeting materials can be viewed on the Public Meetings page.

Background on the project:

Over the next few years, there may be development opportunities coming to the area north of Main Street and south of the old railroad bridge within our Downtown. On the east side, the Police Department will be leaving their current facility. Meanwhile, discussions are ongoing about the potential for pedestrian and recreational enhancement to the riverfront in this area.

In light of these changes, the City plans to update the vision laid out in the Downtown section of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, which serves as the City’s long-range guide for development. The update will be specific to a focus area north of Main Street, between 2nd Avenue on the east and 4th Street on the west.

Plan updates have been drafted for review by the Plan Commission and City Council Planning & Development Committee. Formal adoption of the Comprehensive Plan amendment is expected in early 2020.

What will be updated in the plan?

The City is updating the Downtown Sub Area Plan of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan, specifically the "Catalyst Sites" map that identifies sites in the downtown area for potential redevelopment. The plan defines Catalyst Sites as Underutilized properties where redevelopment could have a catalytic impact on the surrounding area. The plan update will focus on underutilized sites north of Main Street. The scope of the update is anticipated to include:

  • Create a vision for riverfront parcels and adjacent blocks between 2nd Avenue and 4th Street.
  • Identify development opportunities in response to the 2015 Fox River Corridor Plan and an Economic Impact Analysis of the plan, which was presented to Planning & Development Committee of the City Council on April 8, 2019.
  • Identify future uses for the current Police Station and surrounding City-owned property.

The complete 2013 Comprehensive Plan can be viewed here.