St. Charles Comp Plan Wins Award

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Headlines | No Comments

The City of St. Charles straddles the picturesque Fox River 40 miles west of the City of Chicago. It is a community with a rich history, an engaged citizenry, historic architecture, and strong sense of community pride. Since being settled in the early 19th century, St. Charles has gone from the camp of just a few Pottawatomie Indians, to an industrial and manufacturing center, and finally to a nationally recognized, family-oriented community.

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In 1950, the population of St. Charles was only 6,709. Today, St. Charles boasts 32,974 citizens. People visit St. Charles for the weekend and then return for good. After searching the country for perfect places to call “home”, Family Circle placed St. Charles at the tope of its list of “Best Towns and Cities for families.” Click Here for the Article.

In 2012 the City hired Houseal Lavigne Associates to assist the community with an update to its Comprehensive Plan to uphold this mission statement – Preserve our heritage, foster opportunity, build community, and enhance quality of life for all.

The City’s previous Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1996 and with major changes in the community, including significant redevelopment within the downtown, the adoption of an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (2008) and an updated Zoning Ordinance (2006), an updated Comprehensive Plan was a priority.

The City’s new award-winning Comprehensive Plan sets a course to guide land use decision making for the next twenty years, ensuring that St. Charles continues to improve upon its legacy with an eye toward the future. The Comprehensive Plan provides more robust guidance for future development. Historically, St. Charles has experienced much of its growth through annexation. The City recognizes that this type of growth becomes less possible as the City matures, and that new forms of economic growth must be pursued. This plan provides guidance on these issues, as well as improved information on character and quality, including considerations for neo-traditional neighborhoods and vertically mixed land-uses.

The St. Charles Comprehensive Plan is featured in our Firm’s portfolio available here.

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