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A Comprehensive Plan for Bensenville

UPDATE: a public open house to view the draft final plan is scheduled on September 11. Scroll down to the Public Engagement section for more information! 
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.

Public Engagement

A Visioning Workshop to help us to determine how Bensenville should look in 2040 by sharing  and discussing the future of Bensenville was held on Thursday, October 3. A kickoff public meeting to learn about the plan and share your input about what you would like the Bensenville Comprehensive Plan to address was held on June 27, 2013 at the Village of Bensenville. CMAP and Village staff were available to answer questions about the upcoming meetings at the Music in the Park festival on June 19, 2013. A Spanish-speaking workshop to learn about plan and share your ideas was held on June 20, 2013.

A public open house to review the final draft plan and provide feedback before its recommended for adoption by the Village Board is scheduled on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Residents, stakeholders, and other interested parties are welcome to stop by anytime during the open house. We hope to see you there!

Open House
Thursday, September 11, 2014
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Bensenville Village Hall
Board Road
12 South Center Street
Bensenville, IL 60106



Scott Viger, Village of Bensenville, Director of Community Development (sviger@bensenville.il.us or 630-766-8200)

Samyukth Shenbaga, CMAP Project Manager (sshenbaga@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8704)

Berenice Vallecillos, CMAP Community Engagement Specialist (bvallecillos@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8623)


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