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A Comprehensive Plan for Lyons

UPDATE: The draft comprehensive plan will be recommended for adoption at the upcoming Village Board of Trustees meeting on April 21, 2015, at 7 p.m.
 
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 Road) 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.
 
Upcoming Events
On Tuesday, April 21, the Village of Lyons will recommend the adoption of the Comprehensive Plan at the Lyons Municipal Center. The plan will be brought up for adoptoin at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. and at the Village Board meeting at 7:00 p.m.
 
Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
6:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Lyons Municipal Center
4200 Lawndale Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534 [Map]
 
Village Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Lyons Municipal Center
4200 Lawndale Avenue
Lyons, IL 60534 [Map]
 
For more information and to RSVP to this public event, please contact Ricardo Lopez (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766).
 
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.
On-line 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 on-line 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 on-line 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.
Draft Plan Public Open House (January 28, 2015)
On January 28, 2015, an Open House meeting was held in Lyons to garner feedback from the general public on the draft of the Village's comprehensive plan. This meeting was open to all residents, business owners, and other community stakeholders in Lyons, and was held in the community meeting room at the Lyons Municipal Center. Over 20 people attended the Open House, representing elected officials, community institutions such as the Lyons Public Library, and residents from across the Village. The following is a summary of the comments that were a) written, and b) discussed at this Open House meeting.

Timeline

Contacts

Thomas Sheahan, Village Manager, Village of Lyons (tsheahan@villageoflyons-il.net or 708-442-4500)
 
Brian Daly, CMAP Project Manager (bdaly@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8810)
 
Ricardo Lopez, CMAP Outreach & Engagement Associate (rlopez@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8766)

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