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Johnsburg gathers input on its downtown

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 3:57 p.m. CDT

JOHNSBURG – As part of its efforts to revitalize its downtown, the village of Johnsburg is looking for input from residents, business owners and frequent visitors about what they want the downtown to look like.

The results from the survey will be used by the Economic Development Committee and engineering firm HR Green to develop a downtown plan focused on the "visual appeal, economic vibrancy and social connectivity" of downtown Johnsburg, the village said in a news release.

The Village Board also plans on putting together policies on parking, safe pedestrian walkways, parks, businesses, housing and community gathering areas to guide its future growth and improvements.

"We are trying to find out what they feel our downtown should become," committee chairman and village Trustee John Huemann has said, adding that the committee has put an emphasis on making the downtown walkable and taking advantage of the riverfront.

The downtown district follows Johnsburg Road as it swings north and also heads south along Chapel Hill Road, crossing the Fox River.

The survey asks respondents about quality of life issues, including proximity to work, education and crime rates; how Johnsburg and other communities compare; and how different homes, businesses and open spaces rank ascetically.

The survey can be accessed at the village's website, johnsburg.org, through the link labeled "Downtown Vision Survey," through the end of the month or at the village's booth at the Johnsburg Area Business Association Expo on March 15.

Residents without access to computers can use computers at the Johnsburg Village Hall or Johnsburg Public Library to complete the survey.

Village Hall hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the library is open 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of each month.

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