Oak Brook Commercial Area Revitalization Plan Wins Award

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The Village of Oak Brook has been recognized for its outstanding community partnerships to prepare a modernized Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan. The planning process for Oak Brook’s Plan was initiated in 2005 in recognition that the Village’s Comprehensive Plan was inadequate to guide future development and redevelopment of the Village’s main commercial corridor along I-88 and 22nd Street. Houseal Lavigne Associates was retained in 2006 to prepare the Plan. The planning effort involved the oversight and guidance of a commercial revitalization task force made up of public leaders, business representatives, and local residents to: help define the issues, establish a vision, formulate ideas, and create solutions. Following the plan’s adoption in 2008, the Village took a number of proactive steps to implement key recommendations, including a new sign ordinance in 2008 that replaced outdated regulations from 1966. The committee was impressed with how Oak Brook reached out to residents via the homeowner associations and included the Plan Commission in the process, as well as how these actions resulted in agreement between the residents and business community to implement pro-business changes.

The Village was honored at the Chaddick Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 7, at the Chaddick Institute of DePaul University in Chicago. President Gopal Lalmalani and former trustee and current Commercial Revitalization and Streetscape Committee Chair Jeff Kennedy received the award on behalf of the Village. Also in attendance were Village Manager David Niemeyer and Community Development Director Robert Kallien. The Chaddick Institute will present the formal award at the Village Board of Trustees meeting on July 10 at 7 p.m. “The selection committee was especially impressed with how Oak Brook reached out to residents via the homeowner associations and included the Plan Commission in the process,” said Joseph P. Schwieterman,Director of the Chaddick Institute. “The committee also noted how these actions resulted in agreement between the residents and the business community over pro-business improvements, including their impressive sign code modernization – which was also prepared by Houseal Lavigne Associates.”In the past, the Chaddick Municipal Development Award has recognized communities for innovative approaches in areas such as zoning, development approvals, subdivision regulation, design review, and sign control. The Chaddick Institute is an organization that seeks to advance the principles of effective land use, transportation, and community planning.“This is a significant achievement for the Village,” said Village President Gopal Lalmalani. “The award signifies the important role our Plan has had in the redevelopment of our 22nd Street commercial corridor, and the commitment we have made to involve residents and businesses in developing and implementing the Plan.”

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