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?
Which 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.
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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!
Thanks to everyone who came out to listen and share ideas at Monday evening’s Steering Committee meeting. The focus of the night was on taking the four Redevelopment Sites highlighted at the February Workshop to the next level. As noted at the meeting, the development scenarios were refined and detailed to indicate more design character and development considerations such as height, unit count, pedestrian access, street amenities and parking.
Lessons Learned: In translating the concepts first seen by the Steering Committee to more detailed sketches, a number of factors came forward. These lessons are fundamental to the future of each site and useful to understanding in evaluating them. While at one level perhaps straightforward, they are basic to future development in Winnetka – whether publicly or privately directed.
Redevelopment of existing parking lots creates the doubled edged sword of eliminating existing parking and creating the need for additional parking.
No site can be developed in a vacuum. In addition to potential off-site impacts, adjacent and nearby sites should be considered as opportunities to create a larger development site or meet the need for parking, outdoor seating, passive recreation, etc.
Development is best done in a coordination with adjacent owners or government bodies to prevent adverse impacts and identify potential win-win opportunities.
The sites will continue to be refined based on comments and feedback received at Monday’s Steering Committee meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting, links to the materials and presentation are provided below; share comments relative to such via the ‘Idea Zone‘.
Based on discussion at the February Steering Committee meeting, Winnetka’s four development scenarios have been refined and detailed to indicate more design character and development considerations such as height, unit count, pedestrian access, street amenities and parking. The Steering Committee will be asked to review the illustrative concept plans and further discuss how well each reflects the Visions Statements they approved for the business districts. Once finalized, the scenarios will allow the Downtown Master Plan to translate plan objectives into standards for development.
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!
Join us at Monday’s 2/29 Steering Committee meeting to hear discussion focused on Redevelopment Sites within the Village! All who come will have the chance to listen, learn and share their perspectives at the end of the meeting. In the meantime, please visit the ‘Idea Zone‘ to chime in on the topic and view what your neighbors are saying!
Having developed consensus on vision statements for the Village’s commercial districts, a follow up step in the downtown planning process is to consider how those statements may apply to future development. As defined in the Downtown Master Plan work program, four potential development sites are to be evaluated for how they can best advance plan objectives – the Downtown Post Office site, which was selected prior to beginning the plan, and three others. The sites were selected in order to:
Serve as an example – Each site is exemplary of a development condition such as being a gateway, full block, partial block, etc. The purpose for this distinction is that lessons learned from the site evaluation may be applied to similar properties in the study areas should they ever be proposed for development.
Support and explain the vision – A prospect to advance the district’s vision is conveyed through each of the sites, for example: generate vitality, bring new businesses, support existing businesses, provide gathering spaces, etc.
Consider realistic potential for development – For each of the sites, developers or owners have expressed some degree of interest in redevelopment—meaning there might be a potential to influence the near-future.
Include multiple districts – The sites are not all located in the same business district, two are in Downtown and two are in Hubbard Woods; no Indian Hill site was found to meet the above criteria.
WINNETKA – Lead consultants Teska Associates recently released vision statements for each of Winnetka’s three downtown business districts. “The vision statements celebrate the desired look, feel, function and overall objectives for each district as we look ahead into the future,” said Erin Cigliano, a senior associate and media specialist for Teska.
Teska’s approach to developing a master plan that can be used 20 years into the future is really community based. “The more input we get the more we are hitting the right points with the redevelopment considerations,” Cigliano said.
Teska will introduce its ideas for redevelopment of key sites at a steering committee meeting scheduled for Feb. 29. The steering committee, which comprises a mix of people such as long-term residents, active community members and realtors, will provide Teska with feedback. “It’s a really dynamic mix of those who understand the past and those who are visionaries for the future,” Cigliano said.
Cigliano encourages residents to get involved. “If people feel they aren’t a part of the process it is never too late,” she said. All of the steering committee meetings are open to the public with opportunity for public comment at the end of the meetings. Residents can also provide feedback on the project website.
Thanks to all the great feedback received to date on Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan, ‘Vision Statements’ for each of the three business districts have been finalized!
The verbiage and concepts included in the succinct, one-paragraph statements below, were drawn directly from the comments and ideas shared via the project’s outreach components; i.e. the project website, idea chalkboards, public workshop, focus groups, steering committee meetings, Village Council workshop, and working groups.
The December 16th, 2015 Steering Committee meeting and January 25th, 2016 Open House and Steering Committee meeting provided the opportunity to present final drafts of the statements and work together, with both residents, stakeholders and members of the Steering Committee, to further discuss, refine and prioritize the fundamental elements unique to each district.
The ‘Vision Statements’ that follow celebrate the desired look, feel, function and overall objectives for each district as we look ahead into the future. They represent what Winnetka’s business districts desire to become, not where they are today. Moving forward, these statements will serve as the foundation of the Winnetka Downtown Master Plan, helping guide and direct each district to realize their vision. Have ideas on how the vision statements can/should be implemented? Visit the ‘Idea Zone‘ to share your thoughts — be specific!
Join us tonight at 6pm at Village Hall (when you arrive, head upstairs and make a right) to view the Vision Statements for Winnetka’s Business Districts! Stay following for the Steering Committee Meeting at 7pm, which will focus on parking and transportation.
Vision Statement Open House – 6pm at Village Hall
Steering Committee Meeting | Parking + Transportation – 7pm at Village Hall
Location: Winnetka Village Hall, 510 Green Bay Road (Council Chambers)
The ‘Vision Statements’ celebrate the desired look, feel, function and overall future objectives for each district. Moving forward, these statements will serve as the foundation of the Winnetka Downtown Master Plan, helping guide and direct each district to realize their vision. The Vision Statements were drawn directly from the comments and ideas shared via the project’s outreach components; i.e. the project website, idea chalkboards, public workshop, focus groups, steering committee meetings, Village Council workshop, and working groups. The December 16th, 2015 Steering Committee meeting provided the opportunity to present a final draft of the statements and work together to further discuss, refine and prioritize the fundamental elements unique to each district