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A Comprehensive Plan for Franklin Park

The Village of Franklin Park, located in Cook County just south of O'Hare International Airport, is a built-out community with a solid mix of residential, industrial, and commercial assets.  Many transportation improvements – including the Elgin-O'Hare Western Access (EOWA) project – are occurring that will affect residents and businesses in Franklin Park, and consequently the Village is ready to update its comprehensive plan to prepare for the next 10 to 15 years.  With approximately 18,000 residents and over 800 businesses, Franklin Park serves a wide variety of interests, and has undergone a number of strong planning efforts over the last decade to improve quality of life and economic growth.

With assistance from the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, the Village will create a new comprehensive plan that will build upon these previous studies and plans, in addition to incorporating community input.  This plan will focus on harmonizing land uses, increasing the economic prosperity of downtown and commercial corridors, and supporting recommendations from the Village's Industrial Corridor Plan (completed in 2014).

This planning process includes three phases, each of which involves public input. The first phase analyzes the Village's existing conditions, using information gathered from a steering committee, interviews with key stakeholders, a community workshop, economic and demographic data, and existing plans and studies.  The second phase will capture a shared vision for the future of Franklin Park and identify specific goals and objectives necessary to achieve that vision.  The third phase will create the comprehensive plan document, outlining the policies, programs, and actions needed to implement the Village's plan.

Public Engagement

Residents and community stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to be engaged throughout this planning process.  The first chance to get involved will be to attend the project's kick-off meeting, which is open to the general public, and will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the Franklin Park Police Station (9451 W. Belmont, Franklin Park).  At this meeting, participants can learn about the comprehensive planning process and share their ideas about the strengths and challenges facing the Village.

Public Kickoff Meeting
August 4, 2015
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Franklin Park Police Station – Community Room
9451 W. Belmont Avenue
Franklin Park, IL 60131


Please see the English- and Spanish-language event flyers for more detail.  For additional information and to RSVP to this public event, please contact Andres Torres at atorres@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8641.

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Contacts

John Schneider, Director of Community Development, Village of Franklin Park (847-671-8300)

Andres Torres, CMAP Outreach Associate (atorres@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8641)

For more on the project and upcoming events, follow CMAP's Twitter feed at @GOTO2040 and hashtag #CMAPLTA for the latest updates.

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