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 Village 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 Village 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 Village, describes future goals and objectives for development, and includes an action plan on how to achieve these goals and objectives. The Minooka Comprehensive Plan will address the following:

  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Community Facilities & Infrastructure
  • Parks, Agriculture & Natural Lands
  • Implementation

Who is involved in creating the Comprehensive Plan?

As the blueprint for the Village, it is critical that all of Minooka’s stakeholders are involved in the development of the Comprehensive Plan. The Village is committed to involving residents, businesses, and workers in the process in order to craft a community vision for Minooka’s future. Ultimately, the Comprehensive Plan will be adopted by the Village Board of Trustees.

This planning process is being administered by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) through their Local Technical Assistance Program, which provides funding and assistance to municipalities across the Chicago metropolitan region with local planning projects.

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. This will include the Village’s previous Comprehensive Plan, available on the Village’s website HERE

When will the Plan start and when will it be completed?

The initial phases of the Plan have begun, with anticipated completion in Fall of 2021. The planning process includes the following steps:

  • Step 1: Project Initiation & Existing Conditions (Anticipated March to June, 2020)
  • Step 2: Public & Stakeholder Engagement (Throughout process)
  • Step 3: Community Vision, Goals & Policies (Anticipated June to September, 2020)
  • Step 4: Framework Plans & Webinars (Anticipated September, 2020 to February, 2021)
  • Step 5: Draft Comprehensive Plan Document & Adoption (Anticipated February, 2021 to September, 2021)

Completion dates may change based on coordination between the Village, CMAP, and the consultant team.

How can I get involved in the process?

It is important to get involved in all the Comprehensive 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 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.