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.
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!
The idea chalkboards stationed in Hubbard Woods and Downtown Elm Street have been etch-a-sketched full of feedback these last couple weeks — and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. Village staff have been snapping photos of the boards and wiping them clean; the findings of which are displaying some interesting and common themes.
Relative to food — Winnetka is hungry for more options! Major “wants” include causal sit-down restaurants, healthy grab-n-go meal options, brew pubs, coffee shops, delis, bakeries, and ice cream shops. Other ideas include adding a dog park (and dog drinking fountains!), a higher diversity of housing types, shopping options, yoga studios, a community center / place to gather, a new sports store and ice skating rink in Hubbard Woods. With the exception of the ice skating rink, both boards displayed very similar ideas. Many other individual comments were noted and reviewed as well — for a detailed look at such please click the gallery links below.
Keep the ideas coming Winnetka — the chalkboards will be stationed and checked the next couple weeks until weather suggests it’s time to head in for the Winter. Not to worry though, check the Calendar page and Idea Zone to explore more ways to engage! And don’t forget to join us a week from today – Monday, November 16th at North Shore Country Day for the Public Workshop where we will have 4 Visioning Stations for you to interact with!
Hubbard Woods Chalkboard Images
Downtown Elm Street Chalkboard Images