After years of relative stagnation, Sycamore city officials are planning once again for the city to grow.
It’s a different climate since the city’s comprehensive plan last was updated in 2008. At the time, the expectation was that the city would continue to add new residents through housing development, and so the focus was on how land around the city would be used.
In 2014, almost five years removed from the official end of the Great Recession in June 2009, growth in the city is beginning to once again look like a possibility, and city officials are looking to recalibrate their plan for Sycamore’s future, with help from the public.
Now is the time for residents to voice their opinions about the city’s future because the comprehensive plan that is compiled at City Hall will have influence over the kind of development proposals the city sees in the years to come, and the redevelopment plans that city officials pursue.
The process of adjusting the comprehensive plan continues at 6 p.m. today at the Sycamore City Center, 308 W. State St., when City Manager Brian Gregory will host a public meeting to discuss the city’s future.
A second meeting is set for 10 a.m. Saturday.
City officials are looking to hear from residents about what makes Sycamore a good place to live, work and play. They also would like to know how the city could be improve, be it through redevelopment opportunities, safety upgrades, economic development, and more.
Now is the time for residents to speak up about how they would like Sycamore to move into the future, rather than waiting until the plans are complete and a developer wants to actually build something in accordance with them to complain.
Growth and change come to our hometowns whether we want them to or not, and it is good to see local leaders taking the initiative in charting a new course for the future.