Interactive public workshops in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine and Rolling Meadows will shape future housing planning
Through the "Homes for a Changing Region" project, five northwest suburban communities will engage the public around strategies to meet each community’s future housing needs.
The public is encouraged to attend interactive workshop events in June in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows. Each Homes for a Changing Region event will bring area residents together to start creating a collective vision for future housing in their community.
Community leaders and citizens alike will participate in a board game-like exercise, through which participants work together over large maps and use game pieces representing different types of housing development to indicate how and where the village's expected residential growth should occur. The results will be used to guide strategies in each community that support a balanced mix of housing types, serve the needs of existing and future residents and workers, and enhance livability.
“In hosting this workshop we hope to gain insight into planning for housing needs,” said Irvana K. Wilks, Mayor of the Village of Mount Prospect. “Whether a business owner or resident, we invite everyone from the community to attend. We will listen to presenters who have gathered demographical data about Mount Prospect and surrounding areas. Then we will explore new ideas the attendees have. Those ideas will help us chart our Village's future."
Homes for a Changing Region is led by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program, in partnership with local communities, and with support from the Metropolitan Planning Council. In recent years, Homes for a Changing Region has collaborated with leaders from Aurora, Blue Island, Gurnee, Libertyville, Montgomery, Northlake, Oak Forest, Plainfield, and Woodstock.
Details follow on each community's meeting. For more information about Homes for a Changing Region, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/homes or www.metroplanning.org/homes.
Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine, and Rolling Meadows will host public workshops in June, inviting local residents to weigh in on local housing plans being created through Homes for a Changing Region project.
WHEN AND WHERE
200 East Wood Street
Palatine, IL 60067
Staff Contact: Kevin Anderson, Assistant Director of Planning and Zoning
Drew Williams-Clark, Principal Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (312-386-8770 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Allison L. Milld, Director of Housing Initiatives, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (312-201-4507 or email@example.com)
Nancy Firfer, Senior Advisor, Metropolitan Planning Council (312-863-6025 or firstname.lastname@example.org)