An early step in the Regional Comprehensive Plan process is the development of a vision for the future of the region. The latest draft of the vision statements has been refined through public feedback after being developed through CMAP's committee and through a visioning workshop on September 12, 2007.
Schedule of activities
Develop themes for regional vision through working committees
Hold visioning workshop to develop material for draft vision (for more information on the visioning workshop, please click here).
Launch online survey, primarily geared toward getting input on vision statements from partner agencies
November 2007-January 2008:
Develop plans and mechanisms to get input from the general public on the concepts in the regional vision
Hold meetings and develop interactive website to get input from general public on vision
Revise vision and present new draft of vision to Planning Coordinating Committee
Seek endorsement of regional vision from Board of Directors and MPO Policy Committee
This schedule is a draft and is subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates.
History and past visioning work
The visioning effort for the Regional Comprehensive Plan builds heavily on the results of the Common Ground process, which was a region-wide visioning effort conducted by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission (NIPC).
The Common Ground process culminated in the identification of 52 goals that summarized what the residents of the region wanted to see in their futures. These goals were used as the basis for the development of the vision to be used in the Regional Comprehensive Plan.
To develop a starting point for the regional vision, CMAP hosted a workshop on September 12, 2007. The agenda included two guest speakers: Geoffrey Baer of WTTW-TV and internationally aclaimed designer Bruce Mau, whose talks covered the past and the future, getting participants ready to complete their own visioning exercises. A summary of the visioning workshop was sent to attendees and CMAP's partner agencies from Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn. Additionally, photos are available online.