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A Comprehensive Plan for Bensenville

The Village of Bensenville is a mature community that takes pride in its cultural diversity, safe and friendly neighborhoods, exceptional school districts, and thriving local businesses. Originally incorporated in 1884, Bensenville has rapidly grown to become home to over 18,000 newcomers and long-time residents. Its proximity to O'Hare International Airport and Metra's Milwaukee District West line rail service makes Bensenville a desirable location for businesses and residents alike.  

Bensenville has been impacted and shaped by the multi-billion dollar O'Hare Modernization Program. To help the community take advantage of this major capital project, CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is helping the Village develop a comprehensive plan that will inform officials and guide future development. Topic areas typically addressed in a comprehensive plan include land use, transportation, infrastructure, parks and open space, housing, retail/commercial development, and community image and identity.

Bensenville has undertaken a number of planning initiatives over the past few years, most recently completing its Airport Compatibility Study in April 2013. The new comprehensive plan will build upon these initiatives, bringing them together to help shape a more cohesive, community-wide plan. 

The planning process will include three phases, with public input being a key component of each phase. The first phase will involve a thorough analysis of the existing conditions within the community using information gathered through one-on-one stakeholder interviews, steering committee meetings, focus group workshops, public meetings, review of previous studies, and available data. Phase two will focus on creating a vision for the future of Bensenville by identifying goals and objectives based on findings from the Phase 1 analysis and a public visioning workshop. The final phase will combine efforts from previous phases to create the comprehensive plan document containing policies, programs, and actions steps to be undertaken in order to achieve the community's future vision for the Village of Bensenville.

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A New Comprehensive Plan for Alsip

To help the Village of Alsip build upon its robust industrial economy, CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program helped the Village create a comprehensive plan that provides a roadmap for reaching the community's long-term physical, socioeconomic, and cultural goals. The Alsip Comprehensive Plan was unanimously adopted by the Village Board on April 1, 2013. 

The Alsip comprehensive plan contains several policies and action steps to help elected and appointed officials plan for the sustainable growth of the community. The plan addresses a range of topics including but not limited to land use and development, economic growth, open space programming, infrastructure improvements, and image and identity.

The planning process included three phases with public input as a key component of each phase. The first phase involved a thorough analysis of the existing conditions within the community using information gathered through one-on-one stakeholder interviews, steering committee meetings, focus group workshops, public meetings, review of previous studies, and available demographic and economic data. Phase two focused on creating a vision for the future of Alsip by identifying goals and objectives based on findings from the Phase 1 analysis and a public visioning workshop. The final phase combined efforts from previous phases to create the Comprehensive Plan document containing policies, programs, and actions steps to be undertaken in order to achieve the community's future vision for Alsip.

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Mayor Patrick E. Kitching, Village of Alsip, talks about the Alsip Comprehensive Plan, Comcast Newsmakers, July 24, 2012.

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Comcast Newsmakers: Alsip Mayor Patrick E. Kitching

Mayor Kitching discusses Alsip Comprehensive Plan in July 2012.

Source: Comcast News Report

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Contacts

Susan Bruesch, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Village of Alsip, (sbruesch@villageofalsip.org or 708-385-6902)

Sam Shenbaga, CMAP, Senior Planner (sshenbaga@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8704)

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