UPDATE: The Chicago Heights City Council adopted the Chicago Heights Comprehensive Plan on May 4, 2015.
The City of Chicago Heights is located 30 miles south of Chicago between Flossmoor, Homewood, South Chicago Heights, and Olympia Fields giving the City its nickname, "Crossroads of the Nation." The City's rich history and diverse population have made it a center for economic and ethnic diversity, reflected in the variety of neighborhoods. Chicago Heights offers residents and newcomers opportunities for a bright future through real estate, education, parks and recreation, strong institutional services, and convenient access to major highways.
Building on these assets, CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is now helping the City create a comprehensive plan that will provide a roadmap for reaching the community's long-term physical, socioeconomic, and cultural goals. The Chicago Heights Comprehensive Plan will contain policies and action steps to help elected and appointed officials plan for the sustainable growth of the community. The plan will address a range of topics including but not limited to land use and development, economic growth, open space programming, infrastructure improvements, and image and identity.
The planning process will include three phases with public input as 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 demographic and economic data. Phase two will focus on creating a vision for the future of Chicago Heights 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 the Comprehensive Plan document containing policies, programs, and action steps to be undertaken in order to achieve the community's future vision for Chicago Heights.