The Galesburg Comprehensive Plan will create a blueprint for the future that will guide the City in its decision making for the next 20 years. The Comprehensive Plan will be developed in parallel with the Galesburg Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

A Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the future. It is a community vision that is intended to guide the City for the next 20 years. The Comprehensive Plan will result in a set of policies that direct future growth and development. Additionally, the creation of a Plan can lead to potential strategies that will help effectively guide City leaders with making substantive and thoughtful decisions for the community.

What are the contents of a Comprehensive Plan?

A typical Comprehensive Plan outlines the existing conditions of the City, describes future goals and objectives for development, and includes an action plan on how to achieve these goals and objectives. Galesburg’s Comprehensive Plan will include sections on land use and development, transportation and mobility, open space and environmental features (integrating the Parks & Recreation Master Plan), community facilities and infrastructure, image and identity, several subarea plans, a parks and trails master plan, and an implementation strategy.

What is a Parks & Recreation Master Plan?

The Parks & Recreation Master Plan helps guide the growth and preservation of existing and new City parks and natural areas. It also provides strategies to create linkages for existing, proposed, and future biking/walking trails within the community.

Who is involved in creating the Comprehensive Plan and Parks & Recreation Master Plan?

As the blueprint for the City, it is critical that all of Galesburg’s stakeholders are involved in the development of the Comprehensive Plan. The City is committed to involving residents, businesses, and workers in the process in order to craft a common community vision for Galesburg’s future. Ultimately, the Comprehensive Plan and Parks & Recreation Master Plan will be approved by the City of Galesburg Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council.

We already have other plans. What will happen to those?

Existing plans are an important part of the Comprehensive Plan process. These Plans will inform the Comprehensive Plan, and in some cases will be incorporated into the plan if the goals and vision are still consistent with the community’s aspirations.

When will the Plans start and when will they be completed?

The initial phases of the both the Comprehensive Plan and Parks & Recreation Master Plan have begun. The Comprehensive Plan has an anticipated completion in Spring 2018, while the Parks & Recreation Master Plan is expected to be complete in early 2018.

How can I get involved in the process?

It is important to get involved in all the Comprehensive Plan and Parks & Recreation Master Plan activities, from data collection, to community visioning and mapping, to creation of community goals and objectives. The Get Involved page of this website describes all the opportunities available to give your input, including public meetings, online surveys and questionnaires, and an interactive mapping tool. The planning process also includes working with Galesburg Heart & Soul to integrate the extensive community engagement process and findings. The News & Updates page will list meeting dates and times throughout the process as they are scheduled. Finally, materials from meetings and more information detailing the Comprehensive Plan process can be found on the Documents page.