This time next week… Draft Urban Design + Land Use Plans to be presented at 7/25 Steering Committee Meeting

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Join us next Monday, July 25th at 7pm to review the Draft Urban Design and Land Use Plans for Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan.  The evening will include a presentation of major recommendations and themes unique to each of these topics as they apply to Winnetka’s business districts. All of the recommendations take into account feedback and desires as heard through public outreach and meetings to date! Following the presentations and discussion by the Steering Committee, everyone who attends will have the opportunity to comment and share their input!  Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Meeting Details

  • July 25th Steering Committee Meeting
  • Focus: Draft Land Use + Urban Design Plans
  • Time: 7pm | Location: Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Rd

 


 

Have you seen the Draft Transportation and Market Plans as presented at the June 27th Steering Committee Meeting? Click below to view presentations on each!

Market and transportation findings align with public desires and vision statements

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Monday evening’s (6/27) steering committee presentation on final market findings and transportation concepts was greeted with consensus. The meeting, which ran from 7-9:30pm at Village Hall began with a presentation of market findings by Linda Goodman of Goodman Williams Group followed by transportation recommendations by Kelly Conolly of Sam Schwartz Engineering.

 

Under the Microscope: Winnetka Downtown Development Regulations Receive Insightful Review

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Winnetka’s land use and development regulations were the focus of Tuesday evening’s Steering Committee meeting. From zoning and design review to the overlay, special uses and beyond. Michael Blue with Teska opened the discussion by asking a series of questions relating to the primary topic areas:

• What alternatives to current zoning procedures might be considered?

• How does the intent and application of the overlay district reflect the vision statements?

• What elements are most important to consider as part of the design review process?

• What type of administrative approval for some building elements (signs, awnings, etc.) would be appropriate?

All members took part in a productive and thorough 2-hour conversation that resulted in the following findings and considerations for next steps / plan actions. Scroll down to see idea boards showcasing talking points in greater detail.

Meeting Tonight! Let’s talk about Winnetka’s regulations…

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Join us tonight, 7pm at Village Hall, for the Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting.  On the talking table: Discussion of regulations that affect development and district improvements in Winnetka.

The next step of the Winnetka Downtown Master Plan provess is considering the extent to which Village zoning and development regulations secure desirable business and development in the commercial districts (Downtown Elm, Hubbard Woods and Indian Hill).  The Master Plan will consider five aspects of regulations: 1) The Zoning Entitlement Process, 2) Overlay, 3) Design Review, 4) Parking and 5) Signs.

 


 

Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to voice their ideas and feedback following Steering Committee discussion.

What? Where? Why? | 5/31 Meeting on Regulations + Land Use

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The overlay district, signage, design review, zoning…

Join us next Tuesday, 7pm at Village Hall for a detailed discussion about Winnetka’s land use and regulatory process.

What works? What could be improved? Share your experiences and insights in person at the meeting and via the ‘Idea Zone’ – click here!

Land Use + Regulations Meeting
Tuesday May 31st
7pm Village Hall
510 Green Bay Road

DMP Poster 5.31.16 Meeting

 

Results: 1000+ Votes Received on the Urban Design Quick Poll

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Thank you Winnetka for the 1,000+ responses to last month’s Urban Design Quick Poll.  We heard you loud and clear — relative to urban design, landscaping and outdoor patios are the top “wants” with lighting and bike amenities highly desired as well.  A detailed pie chart relaying responses is noted below.

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The results of the Quick Poll were discussed at last month’s steering committee meeting (held April 25th), which focused on Infrastructure and Urban Design.  The steering committee reviewed poll results and public comments and agreed on the following:

Landscaping – is a top priority. The Village needs to consider how it can be attractive year round.

Outdoor Dining – can be costly to implement for owners and is a private business decision; should not retrofit (widen) existing sidewalks to accommodate – but can work in created bump outs or pedestrian plazas. Important to many residents and visitors.

Bikesmust be a part of the districts based on all previous discussions. Need to think in terms of multiple types of users 1) children going to school etc, 2) residents on convenience & recreation trips and 3) regional bikers passing through town. Consider that facilities must consider both access around town and places people are going.

Lighting – Needed for business and important for safety.

Gateways – Important for visitors and reflecting character of the Village. Good for letting people know they have arrived someplace special. Also important for those on bikes or Metra.

Wayfinding – implementation relates to Gateways. Can be a low cost items with limited number of signs (part of why scored as low priority. Do not want to include so many signs as to create sign clutter – be focused in use. Can be incorporated with new developments in some locations

Pedestrian Enhancements – very important to preserve and further improve pedestrian connectivity, amenities and crossings.

Parking – close by parking is useful for families with little children.

Street Furniture – benches and trash/recycling receptacles are already in place; need to continue to provide and maintain street amenities to ensure business districts invite users to stay and hang out.


 

Infrastructure + Urban Design Meeting Tonight @ 7PM

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Hey Winnetka!  Join us tonight for the Infrastructure + Urban Design Steering Committee Meeting — 7pm at Village Hall.  

On the talking table:  Current status of Village infrastructure, wayfinding opportunities, placemaking components and up-to-date results and findings of the Urban Design Quick Poll which has yielded 1,000+ votes to date.

 

See you there!

Extra! Extra! April Newsletter Special Report

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As noted on the Village website…

On April 13, the Village published a special edition of the Winnetka Report newsletter– entirely dedicated to the Downtown Master Plan. We invite you to learn about the process and what the community has said about the future of the business districts to-date. Also, you will be able to explore the redevelopment site concepts discussed by the Steering Committee in February and March, 2016.

An excerpt from the Welcome Letter, written by Steering Committee Chair, Margaret Benson:

What would make Winnetka’s business districts more lively and inviting? Have you ever
wondered what the Post Office site could be in the future? Should our downtowns be
walkable, drivable or bikeable? All three? How do you feel about murals? What about
a gateway arch curving over Green Bay Road, welcoming drivers to Hubbard Woods?
Would you enjoy a few pocket parks sprinkled throughout retail and commercial spaces?

CLICK HERE TO VIEW: Downtown Master Plan Special Winnetka Report.

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Vote Today! Urban Design Quick Poll

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DMP_UrbanDesignPoster_11x17Which urban design elements would benefit Winnetka the most?

Our experience walking, shopping, and hanging out in various places is greatly impacted by urban design, i.e. the lighting, landscaping, outdoor amenities and details that make up the streetscape and define its character.

Help us understand what urban design elements would best improve Winnetka’s business districts. Scroll down to share your preferences on what you’d like to see and where. Keep in mind that you can choose up to 3 categories of design — prioritize what elements you feel are most important. If there is a design element not listed, choose “Other” and enter your own answer.

(If you’re having issues viewing the quick poll below please try switch your browser.)


 


Join us April 25th for the Infrastructure + Urban Design Steering Committee Meeting Details: 7pm at Village Hall | Comment: At the end of each meeting, everyone will have the opportunity to share comments, ideas and feedback. See you there!

Next Up: Redevelopment Sites Meeting #2 – Monday, March 28th

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Thanks to everyone who came out on February 29th to listen and share ideas relative to Redevelopment Sites in the Village.  Four sites and concept plans were highlighted; 2 sites in Downtown Elm and 2 sites in Hubbard Woods.  The concepts presented are currently being refined based on the comments received from the Steering Committee and public at large.

Please mark your calendar and join us on Monday, March 28th at 7pm for the Redevelopment Sites Steering Committee Meeting #2 at Village Hall, wherein the redevelopment concepts will be taken to the next level of detail and presented for discussion. All who attend will have a chance to listen, learn and share their perspectives at the end of the meeting!

In the meantime, please share with us what you would you like to see at the Post Office Site in Downtown Elm? Residential, Mixed-Use, Restaurant, Office, Open Space, Bike Racks, Pedestrian Amenities, you name it… Click here!

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