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Comprehensive plan gets Sycamore residents’ input

SYCAMORE – About 25 Sycamore residents braved temperatures hovering near zero to offer their visions for the community’s future.

City staff hosted the first of two meetings seeking public input on the city’s comprehensive plan, last updated in 2005, according to City Manager Brian Gregory.

“The process is kicking off tonight,” Gregory told those assembled. “Your input will be used as a tool to make decisions.”

Gregory said the Planning Commission and City Council will rely, in large part, on residents’ visions for the future.

Pointing out several areas slated for development, Gregory said much of the growth projected in 2005 never materialized.

“You’ll see a number of lots annexed that never were developed, especially to the north,” he said.

Gregory said staff is specifically interested in what residents view as the city’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for change, improvement and development.

Also on hand for the meeting was planner Chuck Hanlon with Wills Burke Kelsey Associates of Aurora. The city hired the firm to help with the process.

“Our purpose here is to get you up and put you to work,” Hanlon said. “The information you provide will be heavily considered in shaping the plan.”

Hanlon said the meetings provide an opportunity to rethink things, a chance to look at the details.

Before ushering the participants to the maps provided for review, Hanlon said homebuilders are becoming more active to the east of Randall Road.

“When activity resumes here, it won’t be influenced by the Chicago market; it will be homegrown development,” Hanlon said.

He urged participants to comment on areas to be redeveloped, community gateways, streetscape enhancements, preservation areas and infrastructure improvements.

“Identify specific changes you would like to see implemented,” Hanlon said.

Residents have another opportunity to look over the current comprehensive plan and provide input for changes at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Council Chambers at the City Center, 308 W. State St.

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