The City has a wide variety of different plans meant to address a wide variety of different needs. Most plans are derived from the Comprehensive Plan, which provides broad guidance over the long term. Other plans may be focused on very specific projects or topics. When looking through different plans, it is important to note where they overlap with one another and how they relate. No one plan should be viewed in isolation from the others.
Some of the City’s plans have been substantially completed. Other plans are still being executed. There are some, though, that due to age or changing needs are not obviously active or inactive. Staff frequently review plans in this category and use what parts they can in their ongoing actives. Certain plans, though, which are totally obsolete or have been entirely replaced with an update are not included in this list. Staff have retained copies of those obsolete plans for reference, however, and they are available upon request.
Every city has a Comprehensive Plan which serves as its master plan. It provides guidance at a high level for the long term. It includes an overall community vision, basic goals, and sets a course for the next twenty years or so. This type of plan is not meant to provide a lot of detail, but is instead used as a basis for most of the other plans. Given what it is, this plan is not updated very frequently and is intended for a serious overhaul only every ten to fifteen years at most.
Corridor and Development PlansDifferent parts of the City are frequently the subject of organized planning efforts because of their unique combination of assets or their strategic location. The plans below focus either on areas or corridors where specific kinds of development are desired. Both urban design and economic development are the major focus in these plans.
- 11th Street Plan – 1999
- Andalusia Road Corridor Study -2004
- Arsenal Gateway Plan – 2013
- College Hill District Plan -2013
- Columbia Park Plan – 2004
- Downtown Revitalization Plan- 2015
- Downtown Woonerf Plan- 2016
- IL Route 92 Relocation Study-2008
- Parkway Plan – 2000
- River Vision Plan – 2004
- Southwest Plan – 2000
Neighborhood PlansThroughout the City but especially north of 18th Avenue, there are long standing neighborhood areas which are often the focus of special planning efforts. Given that these areas are primarily
residential, they do not change very quickly and so the plans are not frequently updated.