Road Diet For Dummies

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Blog Article | No Comments

I stumbled across this video on YouTube. It was too good not to post. I don't know the creator but I think any planner can empathize them. Enjoy.

Planning Law and Practice CM Event-Chicago

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Headlines | No Comments

Ancel Glink & Houseal Lavigne Planning Law and Practice CM Event

Friday, June 22 8:30am – 12:00pm
NIU Naperville
1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563
RSVP: Kathy Cook (kcook@ancelglink.com or 309-828-1990)

Land Use Law Update CM |1.5 | Law
Ancel Glink attorneys will discuss best practices for zoning hearings, and how new legislation expressly authorizes communities to adopt rules of procedure to assist in the management of ordinary and complex zoning applications. Participants will also learn about the latest cases affecting planning and zoning officials, analyzing emerging issues under the Second Amendment, takings claims by billboard owners, limits to local regulation of telecommunications facilities, and more.

Zoning Practice Visualization CM |1.5
Enhanced visual communication and improving the appearance of zoning ordinances, design guidelines, and other regulatory tools is becoming increasingly important in the digital age. As our tools, software and the web evolve, so have our practices, codes, and ordinances. The increased transparency in government has also broadened the audience of potential users and readers, and expectations of easy access and user friendliness are at an all time high. This presentation will highlight the use of visual tools and imagery to enhance zoning ordinances, explain zoning changes, and highlight the development potential of key sites.

Oak Brook Commercial Area Revitalization Plan Wins Award

Posted by on Jun 7, 2012 in Headlines | No Comments

The Village of Oak Brook has been recognized for its outstanding 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 future development and redevelopment of the Village’s main commercial corridor along I-88 and 22nd Street. Houseal Lavigne Associates was retained in 2006 to prepare the Plan. 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 Village was honored at the Chaddick Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 7, at the Chaddick Institute of DePaul University in Chicago. President Gopal Lalmalani and former trustee and current Commercial Revitalization and Streetscape Committee Chair Jeff Kennedy received the award on behalf of the Village. Also in attendance were Village Manager David Niemeyer and Community Development Director Robert Kallien. The Chaddick Institute will present the formal award at the Village Board of Trustees meeting on July 10 at 7 p.m. “The selection committee was especially impressed with how Oak Brook reached out to residents via the homeowner associations and included the Plan Commission in the process,” said Joseph P. Schwieterman,Director of the Chaddick Institute. “The committee also noted how these actions resulted in agreement between the residents and the business community over pro-business improvements, including their impressive sign code modernization – which was also prepared by Houseal Lavigne Associates.”In the past, the Chaddick Municipal Development Award has recognized communities for innovative approaches in areas such as zoning, development approvals, subdivision regulation, design review, and sign control. The Chaddick Institute is an organization that seeks to advance the principles of effective land use, transportation, and community planning.“This is a significant achievement for the Village,” said Village President Gopal Lalmalani. “The award signifies the important role our Plan has had in the redevelopment of our 22nd Street commercial corridor, and the commitment we have made to involve residents and businesses in developing and implementing the Plan.”

Planning Law and Practice CM Event-Downstate

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Headlines | No Comments

Ancel Glink & Houseal Lavigne Planning Law and Practice CM Event

Friday, June 15
Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Street, Normal, Illinoisa
RSVP: Kathy Cook (kcook@ancelglink.com or 309-828-1990)

Land Use Law Update CM |1.5 | Law
Ancel Glink attorneys will discuss best practices for zoning hearings, and how new legislation expressly authorizes communities to adopt rules of procedure to assist in the management of ordinary and complex zoning applications. Participants will also learn about the latest cases affecting planning and zoning officials, analyzing emerging issues under the Second Amendment, takings claims by billboard owners, limits to local regulation of telecommunications facilities, and more.

Zoning Practice Visualization CM |1.5
Enhanced visual communication and improving the appearance of zoning ordinances, design guidelines, and other regulatory tools is becoming increasingly important in the digital age. As our tools, software and the web evolve, so have our practices, codes, and ordinances. The increased transparency in government has also broadened the audience of potential users and readers, and expectations of easy access and user friendliness are at an all time high. This presentation will highlight the use of visual tools and imagery to enhance zoning ordinances, explain zoning changes, and highlight the development potential of key sites.