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A Comprehensive Plan for Lyons

The Village of Lyons, located approximately 12 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, is home to 10,775 residents. Incorporated in 1888, the historical origin of Lyons can be traced back to the 1820s when a trading post was established near the confluence of Salt Creek and the Des Plaines River. Lyons boasts major arterial roads including Harlem Avenue (IL Route 43), 1st Avenue (IL Route 171), and Ogden Avenue (U.S. Route 34), and the historic U.S. Route 66 (Joliet Avenue) runs through the Village. Many of the former nearby manufacturing jobs have disappeared, but the Village continues to leverage its resources to address present issues and create a prosperous community.
 
Building on these assets, CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is now working with Lyons to embark on an interactive, community-based process to develop a new comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan will provide a framework to make informed investment decisions, address current community issues, and realize the community's long-term goals. Together, the Village of Lyons, community stakeholders, and CMAP will explore opportunities in land-use planning, residential and commercial development, transportation, parks and open space, and numerous other aspects important to the Village's prosperity. The comprehensive plan will identify and build upon the community's assets and identify ways to support regional goals from the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan.
 
The process for developing the comprehensive plan includes three phases. The first phase features a detailed assessment of existing conditions including land use, housing transportation, economic development, natural environment, and community facilities, as well as gathering initial public input regarding issues and opportunities in the Village. In the second phase, the community will create a shared vision for the future of the Village and make recommendations to achieve that vision. The third phase will develop an implementation strategy to help the community put the plan's recommendations into action.
 

Public Engagement

The Village of Lyons in partnership with CMAP will embark on a series of outreach meetings with Village leadership, business representatives, and the community to solicit and incorporate local input to the planning process. We invite you to join us at any of the upcoming events.
 
Public Visioning Workshop (November 21, 2013)
On November 21, 2013, approximately 33 residents and Village officials gathered at the Village of Lyons Community Room to partake in a visioning workshop. At the event, participants were divided into smaller groups to envision the Village's future through a community visioning exercise. The ideas and suggestions that were generated by this exercise are outlined in the following summary.
Online Public Survey
The Village of Lyon's Comprehensive Plan has included extensive public involvement, with input about the community's future received from stakeholders at multiple points during the planning process. The online public survey was one of other tools used to allow residents and stakeholders who could not attend any of the public events an opportunity to provide input into the plan. The online survey was live for a period of three months, from November 2013 through January 2014. The ideas and suggestions that were generated by this activity are outlined in the following summary.
Upcoming Events:
 
Draft Plan Open House
Time, Date and Location TBD
Lyons, IL 60534
 
For more information and to RSVP to this public event, please contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766).
 

Timeline

Contacts

Thomas Sheahan, Village Manager, Village of Lyons (tsheahan@villageoflyons-il.net or 708-442-4500)
 
Sef Okoth, CMAP Project Manager (sokoth@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8704)
 
Ricardo Lopez, CMAP Outreach & Engagement Associate (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766)
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