A Comprehensive Plan for Summit
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 that 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.
Building on Summit's assets, CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is now assisting the Village in the creation of its first comprehensive plan. The plan will outline the community's vision for their village and define policies to help achieve that vision. In addition to providing a well-defined framework for the preservation and enhancement of community assets, the plan will help guide development and investment decisions to meet community goals. 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. The Summit Comprehensive Plan will also identify ways to support regional goals identified in the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional 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 Summit by identifying goals and objectives based on findings from the phase one analysis and a public visioning workshop. The final phase will combine efforts from previous phases to create a Comprehensive Plan containing policies, programs, and actions steps to be undertaken in order to achieve the community's future vision for the Village of Summit.
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. Please check back at a later time to see how you can become involved in this exciting planning process.