A Corridor Plan for the Fox River in McHenry County from Burtons Bridge to Johnsburg

A Corridor Plan for the Fox River in McHenry County from Burtons Bridge to Johnsburg

The Fox River is one of the region's greatest public assets. Historically, it has played a major role in shaping the region’s landscape, both natural and developed, but today its full potential remains unrealized. With support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, McHenry County Department of Planning and Development and City of McHenry Department of Economic Development are leading a collaborative effort to develop a Fox River Corridor Plan that will focus on the following areas:

  • Commerce within central business districts adjacent to the rivers’ edge

  • Environment and natural resources (including water resources)

  • Multi-modal connections to/on the river

  • Public access and recreational use to/on the river and adjacent business districts


The planning area spans five communities, conservation areas, nature preserves, and parks over a distance of eight miles from Burtons Bridge at Route 176 as the south end to North Chapel Hill Road on the north end. The project builds on the foundation of two previous Fox River Corridor plans—one for Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville (completed in December 2015) and another for McHenry and Lake Counties (completed in September 2018). However, this project is ultimately a blank slate upon which priorities can emerge through the planning process.

 

The planning process, developed in collaboration with McHenry County and the City of McHenry, includes four phases aimed at convening a diverse group of stakeholders to help neighboring communities, park districts, businesses, and residents come together to craft a common vision for the river. The first phase encompasses project orientation and the formation of a steering committee. The second phase involves a thorough analysis of the existing conditions within the corridor relying on information gathered from the steering committee, interviews with key stakeholders, a public meeting, an online interactive survey, review of previous plans and studies, and collection of maps and data. The third phase will focus on developing a vision for the Fox River Corridor and strategies to attain that vision. The fourth phase involves developing the draft corridor plan that will be reviewed by the steering committee and the public. This phase also involves revising the corridor plan based on public feedback and its final adoption.

Public engagement

The public will have several opportunities to participate in the planning process. McHenry County and City of McHenry, in partnership with CMAP will embark on a series of outreach meetings with residents and community stakeholders to solicit and incorporate local input to the planning process. We encourage you to visit this web page regularly for updates and opportunities to participate in the development of the Fox River corridor plan from Burton’s Bridge at Route 176 to Johnsburg at North Chapel Hill Road.

Upcoming open houses - November 10 and 12

McHenry County and the City of McHenry, in partnership with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will host two virtual public open houses via Zoom for the Fox River Corridor Plan on Tuesday, November 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM and Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Each open house will give members of the Fox River community an opportunity to discuss the strengths and challenges of the Fox River study area (spanning from Burtons Bridge at Route 176 to Johnsburg at North Chapel Hill Road). After a brief overview of the project, participants will break out into small groups to discuss two of the following topics:

  • Economic Development

  • Environmental Quality

  • Parks and Recreation

  • Transportation


All input received will help craft a comprehensive plan that includes strategies and actions for communities in the Fox River study area to realize their long-term vision for the corridor. Residents, business owners, river users, community leaders, and other stakeholders from the area are encouraged to participate! Two open houses are being offered to accommodate different schedules and give everyone a chance to contribute.

Register for an open house using one of the following links:


Online engagement 

CMAP launched an online engagement webpage to give the public an opportunity to participate in the planning process for the Fox River Corridor Plan (from Burtons Bridget at Route 176 to Johnsburg at North Chapel Hill Road). The webpage will provide multiple opportunities for the public to provide input (see below), share feedback, as well as track the plan’s development.

Online survey and mapping

On October 8, 2020, McHenry County, the City of McHenry, and CMAP launched a public survey and interactive mapping exercise to gather insights on existing issues and opportunities within the Fox River study area. Please visit the engagement webpage to take the survey and share your insights in the interactive map. 

These activities will close on Friday, November 27, 2020. Information collected up until then will be used to inform the Existing Conditions Report, which is compiled at the end of the Existing Conditions Phase. Additional opportunities like these will be made available as planning process advances.

Contact

Renee Hanlon, Planning Manager, McHenry County (rwhanlon@mchenrycountyil.gov or 815-334-4555)

Cody Sheriff, City Planner, City of McHenry (csheriff@cityofmchenry.org or 815-363-2181)

Kelsey Pudlock, CMAP Project Manager, (kpudlock@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8631)

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A Corridor Plan for the Fox River in McHenry County from Burtons Bridge to Johnsburg

The Fox River is one of the region's greatest public assets. Historically, it has played a major role in shaping the region’s landscape, both natural and developed, but today its full potential remains unrealized. With support from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, McHenry County Department of Planning and Development and City of McHenry Department of Economic Development are leading a collaborative effort to develop a Fox River Corridor Plan that will focus on the following areas:

  • Commerce within central business districts adjacent to the rivers’ edge

  • Environment and natural resources (including water resources)

  • Multi-modal connections to/on the river

  • Public access and recreational use to/on the river and adjacent business districts


The planning area spans five communities, conservation areas, nature preserves, and parks over a distance of eight miles from Burtons Bridge at Route 176 as the south end to North Chapel Hill Road on the north end. The project builds on the foundation of two previous Fox River Corridor plans—one for Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville (completed in December 2015) and another for McHenry and Lake Counties (completed in September 2018). However, this project is ultimately a blank slate upon which priorities can emerge through the planning process.

 

The planning process, developed in collaboration with McHenry County and the City of McHenry, includes four phases aimed at convening a diverse group of stakeholders to help neighboring communities, park districts, businesses, and residents come together to craft a common vision for the river. The first phase encompasses project orientation and the formation of a steering committee. The second phase involves a thorough analysis of the existing conditions within the corridor relying on information gathered from the steering committee, interviews with key stakeholders, a public meeting, an online interactive survey, review of previous plans and studies, and collection of maps and data. The third phase will focus on developing a vision for the Fox River Corridor and strategies to attain that vision. The fourth phase involves developing the draft corridor plan that will be reviewed by the steering committee and the public. This phase also involves revising the corridor plan based on public feedback and its final adoption.

Public engagement

The public will have several opportunities to participate in the planning process. McHenry County and City of McHenry, in partnership with CMAP will embark on a series of outreach meetings with residents and community stakeholders to solicit and incorporate local input to the planning process. We encourage you to visit this web page regularly for updates and opportunities to participate in the development of the Fox River corridor plan from Burton’s Bridge at Route 176 to Johnsburg at North Chapel Hill Road.

Upcoming open houses - November 10 and 12

McHenry County and the City of McHenry, in partnership with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will host two virtual public open houses via Zoom for the Fox River Corridor Plan on Tuesday, November 10 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM and Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Each open house will give members of the Fox River community an opportunity to discuss the strengths and challenges of the Fox River study area (spanning from Burtons Bridge at Route 176 to Johnsburg at North Chapel Hill Road). After a brief overview of the project, participants will break out into small groups to discuss two of the following topics:

  • Economic Development

  • Environmental Quality

  • Parks and Recreation

  • Transportation


All input received will help craft a comprehensive plan that includes strategies and actions for communities in the Fox River study area to realize their long-term vision for the corridor. Residents, business owners, river users, community leaders, and other stakeholders from the area are encouraged to participate! Two open houses are being offered to accommodate different schedules and give everyone a chance to contribute.

Register for an open house using one of the following links:


Online engagement 

CMAP launched an online engagement webpage to give the public an opportunity to participate in the planning process for the Fox River Corridor Plan (from Burtons Bridget at Route 176 to Johnsburg at North Chapel Hill Road). The webpage will provide multiple opportunities for the public to provide input (see below), share feedback, as well as track the plan’s development.

Online survey and mapping

On October 8, 2020, McHenry County, the City of McHenry, and CMAP launched a public survey and interactive mapping exercise to gather insights on existing issues and opportunities within the Fox River study area. Please visit the engagement webpage to take the survey and share your insights in the interactive map. 

These activities will close on Friday, November 27, 2020. Information collected up until then will be used to inform the Existing Conditions Report, which is compiled at the end of the Existing Conditions Phase. Additional opportunities like these will be made available as planning process advances.

Contact

Renee Hanlon, Planning Manager, McHenry County (rwhanlon@mchenrycountyil.gov or 815-334-4555)

Cody Sheriff, City Planner, City of McHenry (csheriff@cityofmchenry.org or 815-363-2181)

Kelsey Pudlock, CMAP Project Manager, (kpudlock@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8631)

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