Oak Brook runner-up in development award
Updated: August 20, 2012 1:54AM
Oak Brook was recognized as the runner-up for the 2012 Chaddick Municipal Development Award.
The village was recognized for its community partnerships to prepare a modernized Commercial Areas Revitalization Plan.
The planning process for Oak Brook’s Plan was initiated in 2005 in recognition that the village’s comprehensive plan was inadequate to guide development and redevelopment of the village’s main commercial corridor along Interstate 88 and 22nd Street. The planning effort involved the oversight and guidance of a commercial revitalization task force made up of public leaders, business representatives, and local residents to help define the issues, establish a vision, formulate ideas and create solutions.
Following the plan’s adoption in 2008, the village took a number of proactive steps to implement key recommendations, including a new sign ordinance in 2008 that replaced outdated regulations from 1966. The committee was impressed with how Oak Brook reached out to residents via the homeowner associations and included the Plan Commission in the process, as well as how these actions resulted in agreement between the residents and business community to implement pro-business changes.
The Chaddick Municipal Development Award recognizes a suburban unit of government that has been innovative in managing the development process to promote favorable outcomes over a period of four years or more. In the past, the award has recognized communities for ground-breaking approaches in areas such as zoning, development approvals, subdivision regulation, design review and sign control.
Naperville was the winner of this year’s award.