A Planning Priorities Report for Summit
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The Village of Summit is located along the Illinois and Michigan Canal, just 12 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Since its incorporation in 1890, this historic and ethnically diverse community has grown rapidly and is now home to approximately 11,000 residents who enjoy family-oriented neighborhoods, fine schools, and easy access to the region's highways and transit network. Its close proximity to the Stevenson Expressway, Tri-State Tollway, Chicago Midway International Airport, and Argo Crossing Rail Junction also make Summit a prime location for a growing business district and manufacturing industry.
The Village of Summit sought assistance from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to improve the built environment and capitalize on the Village's strategic location. Specifically, Summit saw a need for creating a comprehensive plan for the community and was seeking input on the opportunities for housing and transit-oriented development. CMAP and the Village embarked on a comprehensive planning process in late 2013.
Initial conversations with residents, as well as a review of the existing conditions in Summit, revealed that a comprehensive plan is a lower priority given the range of issues facing Summit and the limited institutional support for implementing such a plan. Instead, CMAP staff and the Village of Summit concluded that a planning priorities report would help determine near-term projects that would better address immediate community concerns, as well as take advantage of existing opportunities.
This planning process consists of three main phases. The first phase assesses existing conditions in the Village, including stakeholder engagement. During the second phase, initial recommendations will be created and vetted with Village staff and officials. The third phase will include report creation, community feedback, and report adoption.
A primary goal of this project is to elevate community engagement in planning through a variety of outreach strategies. A series of workshops, on-line survey opportunities, and public meetings will be scheduled throughout the course of this project to gather input from stakeholders living, working, or regularly visiting the Village of Summit.
A visioning public workshop was held on Tuesday, June 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Graves Elementary School. This visioning workshop was designed to help determine how Summit will look in 2030. It served as an opportunity for residents, business owners, and community members to leave a legacy for future generations.
Below are photos from a youth focus group conducted on March 24 at the Warehouse Project & Gallery
CMAP To Work On Comprehensive Plan For Summit, DesPlaines Valley News, January 30, 2014
Planner Seeks Input On Issues Facing Summit, DesPlaines Valley News, March 26, 2014
Nora Beck, CMAP Project Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-863-8677)
Berenice Vallecillos, CMAP Community Engagement Specialist (email@example.com or 312-386-8623)