• Megann Horstead

Minooka to move ahead on comprehensive plan update


The Minooka Village Board of Trustees is one step closer to embarking on the process of updating its comprehensive plan.

During a Jan. 28 meeting, trustees authorized an intergovernmental agreement between the village and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The agreement allows Minooka to work with CMAP to complete an update of the current comprehensive plan.

As part of the process, the village has named Houseal Lavigne Associates as the professional consulting firm charged with coordinating the effort.

Village Administrator Dan Duffy said the village has a good idea of what to expect when updating a comprehensive plan.

Minooka trustees had sat in on a presentation during an October 2019 committee of the whole meeting where a village of Channahon staff member gave members of the Minooka Village Board an idea of how the process works.

“The first step will be for them to come down and put together a schedule with the village, based on our available dates,” Duffy said. “First and foremost, there will be some research done on what we currently have and what we’re lacking. In between now and public hearing, they’ll be doing some research on traffic counts, truck studies, residential growth studies and various economic indicators that they need to help us forecast a good comprehensive plan. Then, they’ll also be taking public comment.”

The last time the village updated its comprehensive plan dates back to six years ago, officials said.

Duffy said they have had a good comprehensive plan for the last 15-20 years, but there’s never been a narrative associated with it that gives logic and rationale behind why the village wants to pursue certain projects or move in a certain direction.

“We’re looking to improve what we currently have and expand on it to give us an overall comprehensive road map,” he said.

Duffy said the village believes it has selected the right consultant for the project.

Houseal Lavigne Associates was recently tasked with updating the comprehensive plan for the village of Channahon.

“They’ve done some excellent work in our area,” Duffy said. “CMAP, like I said, is funding 75% percent of the project. So, we’re getting a really good deal.”

The village is allotting $24,000 in local match funds to pay for a comprehensive plan update, officials said. The remaining costs will be picked up by a CMAP grant valued at an estimated $109,000, officials said.

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