ALGONQUIN – In order to help establish a vision for a revitalized downtown, the village is asking the public for its input through an online survey that is part of a downtown planning study being compiled for the village.
People are asked to rate their satisfaction with downtown Algonquin from different perspectives, including shopping, dining, traffic, parking, pedestrian access, bicycle access, special events and safety.
The Downtown Planning Study comes as the Illinois Department of Transportation plans to put in a western bypass to divert traffic, such as heavy truck traffic and through traffic, away from the intersection of Routes 62 and 31.
“We saw this as an opportunity to identify what enhancements or improvements can be made to the downtown so the community and visitors can enjoy the natural features, shopping and dining,” Village Planner Ben Mason said.
The online survey also has a “community builder” tool where individual comments can be posted on an interactive map under different categories and topics.
“The input and feedback that is provided will help inform the village as to what the issues of most importance are to those that live, work, shop and visit downtown Algonquin,” the village said in a news release.
Earlier this year, the village hired a planning consultant led by Land Vision Inc. to prepare a strategic action plan for enhancing the downtown as a walkable, mixed-use business district.
The study is being paid for through a $90,000 federal grant the village received from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
The plan will help the village determine what land use, economic development, access and circulation, open space, and aesthetic improvement opportunities will be part of a recommended downtown plan.
The process will include two hands-on planning workshops that have yet to be scheduled. The workshops are meant to obtain further public comment and preferences for maintaining and enhancing the downtown.
The planning process will conclude with a final study report this year that will outline a series of recommended short-term and long-term improvement priorities for the downtown, Mason said.
The final study will build off existing improvements, such as new parks, upgrades to the historic village hall, and streetscape upgrades.
“What this plan will do is build off of that and look to really set a vision for the next number of years,” Mason said.
To participate in the survey
Visit www.landvision.com/algonquindowntownplan to take the 10-minute Community Survey.
For those without Internet access, there is a computer kiosk at the Village Hall, 2200 Harnish Drive, where people can take the community survey.
Kiosks also are located at Algonquin Library locations at 2600 Harnish Drive and 115 Eastgate Drive, and at Café Firefly, 301 S. Main St.