The Village of Richton Park is undertaking an effort that will define its future for the next 15 to 20 years! This effort includes the creation of two important products; 1) a new Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in October 2014 and establishes Village-wide policies related to land use and development, growth and annexation, transportation, environment, community facilities and more, and 2) an updated zoning ordinance that will help implement the new Comprehensive Plan by guiding how lands throughout the Village are developed.
This effort is being funded in large part by a grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). CMAP sponsors a Local Technical Asisstance (LTA) grant program that enables communities in Chicagoland to advance planning in order to maximize the benefits of local assets and create a more sustainable region as a whole. The Richton Park Comprehensive Plan is guided by CMAP's regional plan entitiled GoTo 2040. For more information regarding this plan, please visit http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040/main.
The comprehensive planning process provided an opportunity for residents to communicate what they believe to be the strengths and weaknesses of the community, and to prioritize what issues are most important for the Village to address in the near term and in the future. Now, the zoning update is underway. This effort includes additional outreach opportunities designed to promote community involvement and encourage citizen participation. Opportunities to participate at a meeting or workshop are listed below.
Public Workshop Meetings
Several public workshop meetings are planned for Richton Park’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning update process:
Comprehensive Plan Workshops and Public Hearings
Final Comprehensive Plan Adopted October 2014
The Final Comprehensive Plan was adopted by the Village Board of Trustees in October 2014. This concluded a planning process that included:
- One-on-one interviews with a series of key stakeholders
- Community workshop to identify and prioritize planning issues
- Business workshop to identify issues related to local business growth
- Community visioning workshop to establish a vision for the future of Richton ark
- Public open house to unveil plan recommendations
- Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing to discuss plan recommendations
- Two Village Board Public Hearings to discuss and adopt the Comprehensive Plan.
The Village would like to thank all those who participated in the development of the Comprehensive Plan, and invite you to take part in the update of the zoning ordinance. Opportunities to do so are described below.
Zoning Update Workshops and Public Hearings
The process if updating the Village’s zoning ordinance includes a focuses set of workshops and hearings to address specific technical issues and meet local procedural requirements.
Commercial and Industrial Areas Zoning Workshop - February 3, 5:30-6:30 PM at the Community Center (4455 Sauk Trail)
A workshop will be conducted with Village property owners, business owners, and commercial developers to identify, review, and discuss zoning and ordinance related matters pertaining to the Village’s commercial and industrial areas.
Residential Areas Zoning Workshop - February 3, 7:00-8:00 PM at the Community Center (4455 Sauk Trail)
A workshop will be conducted with Village residents and residential developers to identify, review, and discuss zoning and ordinance related matters pertaining to the Village’s residential areas/neighborhoods.
Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop #1: Discussion of Local Zoning Issues - February 10, 7:30 PM at the Village Board Room (4455 Sauk Trail)
This step will include a workshop with Village staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission to identify, review, and discuss zoning related matters within the Village. The Planning and Zoning Commission members have a unique perspective and insight into local zoning, planning, and development issues and will provide vital feedback and project focus.
Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop #2: Review of Draft Standards - Date, Time and Location TBD
A meeting will be conducted with the Planning and Zoning Commission to review and discuss the Draft Standards for the different districts and sections of the zoning ordinance. Appropriate revisions will be made based on Planning and Zoning Commission review and discussion.
Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop #3: Review of Draft Ordinance - Date, Time and Location TBD
A meeting will be conducted with the Planning and Zoning Commission to review and discuss the Draft Ordinance. Appropriate revisions will be made based on Planning and Zoning Commission feedback.
Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop #4: Public Hearing of Draft Zoning Ordinance - Date, Time and Location TBD
A public hearing will be conducted with the Planning and Zoning Commission to consider and recommend action on the draft Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map.
Village Board Adoption Hearing - Date, Time and Location TBD
Following the public hearing and the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission, appropriate revisions will be made and a Final Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map will be presented to the Village Board for Adoption.
Community Workshop #1 – Thursday January 31, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Richton Park Community Center (4455 Sauk Trail Road)
This workshop is the first of several face-to-face community outreach events scheduled throughout the planning process. The purpose of this workshop is to allow residents to provide input, before any plans or recommendations are formulated. The workshop will: (a) review the purpose of the Comprehensive Plan, the planning process to be undertaken, and the schedule for the project; and (b) secure local views on concerns, issues and potentials within the community.
Business Workshop – Wednesday March 6, 8:00am - 9:30am at the Richton Park Community Center (4455 Sauk Trail Road)
The Business Workshop will be an opportunity for business owners to discuss issues and challenges related to establishing, operating and growing a business in Richton Park. Business owners have unique needs and experience unique challenges in any community. It is critical that the Comprehensive Plan consider these.
Community Workshop #2 - Visioning Charrette/Workshop – Thursday July 18, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Richton Park Community Center (4455 Sauk Trail Road)
The Visioning Workshop will include small group working sessions to review and discus conditions and opportunities within the Village. Each table will work together to identify issues and opportunities, and will ultimately present their ideas to the larger group. It will conclude with general agreement regarding the long-term role and character of Richton Park and the projects and improvements that will be desirable in the future.