Originally incorporated in 1925, the Village of Westchester grew rapidly in geographic size and population to become a thriving community. Located just 15 miles west of downtown Chicago, Westchester is within close proximity to O'Hare and Midway airports, interstate systems (I-88, I-290 and I-294), and a network of beautiful natural spaces and forest preserves. Westchester is also home to recreational, educational, and public service institutions, making it an ideal place to live, work and raise a family. Today, there is significant potential for infill development and redevelopment. Recognizing these possibilities, the Village embraces the need to create a shared vision that will lead to an increase in social and economic prosperity in Westchester.
Now, the Village of Westchester is embarking on an interactive, community-based process to develop its first comprehensive plan in 55 years. The plan will provide a context in which decisions affecting the future of Westchester can be made with some certainty that today's choices -- whether large or small -- contribute to achieving the long-term goals and vision of the entire community. This planning process 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 to create a comprehensive plan will include three phases. The first phase includes a detailed analysis of existing land uses, resources, and community facilities, as well as gathering initial public input regarding the issues and opportunities in the Village. During the second phase, the community will create a shared vision for the future and identify specific goals and recommendations to achieve that vision. The third phase will develop an implementation strategy intended to help the community put the plan's recommendations into action.
The third phase of public engagement was an Open House format, which was held at the Westchester Community Church from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. With no formal presentation during this open house, nearly 40 attendees --including elected officials, residents, and business owners -- dropped by to review and comment on the draft comprehensive plan's recommendations.
In addition to the July Open House, the public has had multiple opportunities to participate in the planning process. On February 2, 2012, the public contributed during the first phase of the comprehensive plan by attending a kick-off meeting to discuss issues that the plan should address. On May 30, 2012, residents and stakeholders attended a visioning workshop at the Westchester Community Church to share their ideas about how the Village should look in the future.
Open House Posters The Public Open House, held July 2013, featured several posters summarizing the content of the Westchester Comprehensive Plan. View the posters to learn more about the key recommendations.