Tonight: Urban Design + Land Use, Draft Plans Presented at 7pm

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Hey Winnetka!  Join us tonight (7pm at Village Hall) to review the Draft Urban Design and Land Use Sections of the Downtown Master Plan.  We have been listening, learning and refining recommendations based on the steady flow of input received over the past year. Come out at 7pm to view a presentation on the proposed recommendations and district-specific considerations. Have something to add?  Great — Open mic is yours following Steering Committee discussion.

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.


Monday 6/27 — Review of Draft Master Plan Components – Part 1

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Join us on Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road (Council Chambers), at 7:00 p.m. for the next Downtown Master Plan Steering Committee Meeting.

On the talking table:

  1. Review of Draft Master Plan Components – Part 1:
    1. Market Findings
    2. Parking and Circulation Findings

Linda Goodman of Goodman Williams Group will present the final market findings and Kelly Conolly, with Sam Schwartz Engineering, will follow with transportation findings.

Everyone who attends will have a chance to share their comments following the presentations and discussion by the Steering Committee.

Hope to see you there!


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.





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.


4/25 Meeting Highlights – Infrastructure + Urban Design


Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 25th for the Infrastructure + Urban Design Steering Committee Meeting.  Below is a synopsis of discussion points and findings. 

Note that findings from the Urban Design Quick Poll were presented to the Steering Committee — final results of which will be posted soon.


Design Character Work GWINNETKA_SIDEBAR_IMAGESroup Notes – Principal Discussion Points

  • Urban design and wayfinding elements are needed for the business districts and should be recommended by the plan, but existing and future destinations that urban design will complement are critical as well.
  • Consider the big picture, not just specific sites. Context is important.
  • A cohesive effort is needed for urban design elements to reflect a common identity across the business districts.
  • The value of urban design elements is found in the “big picture” of the plan and adds to the community, even though it may not be possible to identify specifically or show a dollar for dollar return.



Steering Committee Notes – Principal Discussion Points

  • Urban Design elements have value but are only a part of the plan, must be tied to and supportive of other actions.
  • There should be a consistent design in the Village among design elements, but a recognition of the unique character to indicate the differing districts. A common brand / identity will help to attract residents and visitors from one part of town to another.
  • Attractive urban design elements are important for Winnetka residents’ enjoyment of districts and to attract nonresidents as potential shoppers and diners.
  • Design elements should be used to draw people between the east and west side of Green Bay Road and the RR tracks.
  • The existing plan for new streetscape (2008) was not implemented due to concerns over cost and the economic decline. However, the plan’s direction and design are sound, and the streetscape plan need not be reinvented. Since the Village has a streetscape plan to work from, the Downtown Master Plan should revisit how it can to be implemented.

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!