Thanks to the Winnetka Park District, the rain couldn’t keep us away. We enjoyed meeting with you all and hearing your preferences about the downtown streetscape concept plans.
Winnetka Egg Hunt
Saturday March 31st
West Elm Park, 1155 Elm Street
Rainout Location: The Skokie School Gym, 520 Glendale Ave
Thanks to everyone who came out to our Open House last month!
February is nearly over, hooray! So let’s celebrate and start thinking about getting back outside and enjoying our streetscape environment!
Thanks to your plentiful ideas and input, we have a set of Streetscape Concepts ready for your review. Please join us on Monday, February 26th from 6-7pm at Village Hall (Council Chambers) for the Streetscape Concepts Open House, wherein we will showcase exhibits for consideration and comment. The Streetscape and Signage Task Force meeting will immediately follow the open house; all public is welcome to attend both the open house and task force meeting!
Hey Winnetka! Thanks to your plentiful ideas and input, we have a set of Streetscape Concepts ready for your review! Please join us on Monday, February 26th from 6-7pm at Village Hall (Council Chambers) for the Streetscape Concepts Open House, wherein we will showcase exhibits for consideration and comment. The Streetscape and Signage Task Force meeting will immediately follow the open house; all public is welcome to attend both the open house and task force meeting!
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.
Bikes – must 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.
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:
“Creativity is intelligence having fun,” – Albert Einstein
And yesterday’s ‘Visioning Workshop’ for Winnetka’s Downtown Master Plan embraced just that. Thanks to all who came out to share ideas and feedback via the four interactive activity stations that were set-up:
Special thanks to North Shore Country Day School for helping to host the event!
Stay tuned! The consultant team is in the process of documenting the overall findings and will post a summation of such soon. In the meantime, enjoy the photo highlights below and mark your calendar for the December 16th Steering Committee meeting (7pm @ Village Hall), which will focus on refining the Vision Statements yesterday’s workshop helped build.
Teska Associates, project consultants for the Downtown Master Plan, set-up a booth to gather ideas and comments relative to Winnetka’s business districts – Downtown Elm Street, Hubbard Woods and Indian Hill. Participants had the chance to relay their thoughts by writing on chalkboards or posting written comments. At the end of the event both boards were filled with feedback. Thanks to all who came by to chat and provide comments on the Downtown Planning effort, and to the Winnetka Park District for letting us crash their party.
Stay tuned — more events are being planned! A public open house is planned for November 16th — details coming soon. In the meantime, continue to share your ideas via the ‘Idea Zone‘ and by using the chalkboards posted in Downtown (on the west side of Chestnut just south of the Elm intersection) and Hubbard Woods (on the east side of Green Bay Road just north of Gage Street).
‘Halloween on Ice’ Photo-Snaps