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Resident feedback wanted for Lombard Comprehensive Plan draft

LOMBARD – The Village of Lombard is looking for resident feedback on its 2014 Comprehensive Plan draft, which is slated for board approval later this spring.

“Municipalities are required to put together a comprehensive plan that sets a vision for what the village would like to see the community look like moving forward,” said Bill Heniff, Lombard’s director of community development.

The village’s community development department will host an open house for residents to view the draft from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lombard Village Hall, 255 E. Wilson Ave. A previous open house was held Feb. 17, but due to the severe winter weather, the village added a second date.

“We’re trying to solicit public comments so we can share that information with the plan commission,” Heniff said, adding that the comprehensive plan is also on the village’s website, and staff also plan to send out inquires on social media outlets.

The comprehensive plan will serve as the village’s primary long-range land use policy document, and includes goals and recommendations for future items related to land use, transportation, annexation and economic development, Heniff said. The village’s previous comprehensive plan was from 1998.

Municipalities generally update their comprehensive plan every 10 to 15 years, Heniff said.

Staff began updating the former comprehensive plan in 2011, going topic by topic, Heniff said. With the document almost complete, the community can now add its input on the vision of the community.

Lombard is considered in a “mature phase,” meaning that most areas of the village are developed. Moving forward, the focus will be on redevelopment and re-purposing projects to reflect changing interests of the community.

“We will see even more development as the economy improves,” Heniff said. “Lombard is a destination for restaurants and retail, and we want to maintain and expand it where possible.”

The plan includes demographic information, major developments – including the Highlands of Lombard, Fountain Square of Lombard and Yorktown Shopping Center – and visions.

“These are value statements that we can use as guiding principles when we talk about capital investment and private investment in the community,” Heniff said.

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