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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Sharing is caring! Come on out on Monday, November 16th to share ideas and feedback on Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan. Teska Associates, project consultants, will be hosting a Public Workshop to develop a community vision for the business districts. Complimentary water, tea, and coffee will be provided.
The event will be held at North Shore Country Day School (Upper School) on Monday, November 16 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
North Shore Country Day is located at 310 Green Bay Road. Participants should enter from Green Bay and park in the lot closest to the Upper School main doors.
The Public Workshop is one of many opportunities to get involved with this high priority project for the Village of Winnetka. Come share your ideas about how to improve the Elm Street, Hubbard Woods, and Indian Hill business districts. If you are unable to make it please share feedback at anytime via the ‘Idea Zone‘ page on the website.
Big thanks to all who came out and took part in Monday night’s meeting — it was a productive one!
The focus of the evening was on Winnetka’s existing conditions. The working group session started at 5:30pm and focused on discussing and refining the issues, opportunities and priorities of each of the three business districts. At 7pm the working group reported back to the Steering Committee on their findings, considerations and deliberations.
A presentation by the project consultants followed, highlighting Winnetka’s existing conditions: Michael Blue and Erin Cigliano with Teska Associates presented on the Land Use, Zoning and Urban Design; Mark de la Vergne with Sam Schwartz Engineering showcased transportation, signage and wayfinding elements; and Linda Goodman and Zach Lowe with Goodman Williams presented demographics and market data. Q+A by the Steering Committee and the public at large closed out the evening.
In order to plan for future opportunities within the business districts it is first important to understand the current state and workings of such, as well as the demographics and market data for the Village as a whole. The report and presentation linked below presents that analysis.