Des Plaines River Trail Corridor Plan

Update: The plan was completed in September 2014.

In 2013, the Northwest Municipal Conference applied for LTA assistance to develop a Corridor Plan to improve access to the Des Plaines River Trail to increase its recreational and transportation benefits to the surrounding communities. The Des Plaines River Trail is a multi-use trail that follows the Des Plaines River through portions of Lake County and Cook County. This planning effort focuses on the portion of the trail between Higgins Road and Lake Cook Road. The Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) represents 42 communities and 1 township in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties. NWMC aims to assists these communities in implementing policies or projects that advance the shared objectives of its constituent communities. The planning process for this assignment will consider previous planning done by surrounding communities. It will incorporate adopted policies related to roadway improvements, trails and bike lanes, and pedestrian infrastructure.

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