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Workshop scheduled for downtown Algonquin plan

ALGONQUIN – Residents will have another opportunity to give input on a downtown planning study.

The village is scheduled to hold a public planning workshop Wednesday so people can give their input on draft recommendations for the downtown area.

At the workshop, the project consultant team led by Land Vision will provide an overview of their preliminary recommendations and then lead a series of interactive group discussions to collect final comments and feedback, village planner Ben Mason said in an email promoting the event.

Participants will be asked to provide comments on a variety of topics, including building concepts, parking arrangements, recreational opportunities and pedestrian and bicycle amenities.

The workshop will conclude phase two of the village’s downtown planning study. The final phase of the study will begin in December and identify implementation priorities and short- and long-term initiatives, according to a news release.

“The Nov. 28 workshop will provide an opportunity for the public to view color renderings and maps depicting the study’s draft recommendations,” the village said in news release. “Overall, input obtained during the workshop will be used to help refine the study’s concept alternatives as the downtown planning study comes to a conclusion.”

Land Vision plans to present a final draft of the planning study at a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission during the winter. The plan then will be presented to the Village Board for final review.

The study has included a public planning workshop in July and an online survey.

Consultants have said there are opportunities for development in the residential areas north of Route 62. The village also could consider adding places for boats to dock on the Fox River to attract people to businesses along the river and in the downtown.

Improving signage around downtown, making it more pedestrian friendly and keeping the historical character are among preliminary recommendations of the village’s downtown consultants.

The Downtown Planning Study comes as the Illinois Department of Transportation constructs a western bypass to divert traffic, such as heavy trucks and through traffic, from the intersection of Routes 62 and 31. The study is being paid for with a $90,000 federal grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

To attend

The public planning workshop is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School at 300 Jefferson St.

To RSVP, call village planner Ben Mason at 847-658-4184.

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