The Village of Sugar Grove continues to refine its new, updated comprehensive plan and hopes to receive more feedback from residents as the process progresses.
The village is just beginning work on its next plan, which will serve as a roadmap for the village for the next 20 or 30 years, said Walter Magdziarz, Sugar Grove Village community development director.
The village’s previous plan was adopted in 2006 and Magdziarz said it was time to update it as a lot had changed in the last 16 years.
“We’re trying to tackle all the normal and usual things, like transport, housing, open spaces. But we also want to address issues such as climate change, sustainability, both environmental and fiscal, as well as issues of diversity in population and housing choices,” he said. “Obviously a lot has changed since 2006. The assumptions and some of the trends [that were] those that prevailed at the time no longer exist. As such, we felt it necessary to completely overhaul the plan to reflect the current state of affairs and what is going on in the world.”
Sugar Grove partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to create the plan.
According to a CMAP plan document, the village will study land use, growth and development; transport and mobility; quality of life problems; environmental justice; affordable housing; Conservation and Natural Resources and Infrastructure and Utilities.
“[The plan] is not set in stone yet, but takes so many factors into account. We went through this process and it took us almost 12 months,” said Village President Jen Konen.
The village received a grant from CMAP about a year and a half ago, Konen said.
“I would say it’s all-encompassing, we’re not striving to develop more residential areas and that’s it, we’re striving to develop a little bit of everything,” Konen said. “We need more residents, we need different types of businesses because we’re looking at our future and we have different opportunities, and having those discussions is why you’re going through the broad planning process.”
The village held its first community workshop in March and plans to hold another this summer. Residents are asked to provide feedback on their thoughts and concerns about the future of their community. The village also sent out an online survey to residents and may soon send out another.
Magdziarz said they received about 900 responses from the previous survey and he encourages more residents to get involved in the planning process.
“Everyone has an opinion about change, good, bad or not, and now is the time to voice those opinions,” he said.
The planning process officially started in October 2021 and will be completed in early 2023. For more information on the comprehensive plan and upcoming community workshops and surveys, visit https://engage.cmap.illinois.gov/sugar-grove.
“In the end, we have a plan to educate staff and elected officials about how the community wants to grow and develop and deal with change,” Magdziarz said. “The plan will be the marching orders. Then the employees are assigned to implement it.”