Envision Oak Park
Oak Park, Illinois is a community that blends its historic heritage with a cutting-edge vision for future development. Oak Park’s is characterized by historic districts, geothermal civic buildings, solar powered parking garages, and a focus on socio-economic diversity. Once home of Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway, Oak Park is defined by a unique character and mindset.
The Village hired Houseal Lavigne Associates to assist with an update to its Comprehensive Plan. While the structure of the Plan and its recommendations are driven by local need – including chapters ranging from “Community Life and Engagement” to “Governmental Excellence” – the process that created the recommendations was even more responsive to the nature of planning in Oak Park. Over 125 citizen participants gave more than 1,200 volunteer hours to help draft a vision, goals, and objectives for each chapter of the Plan. Chapters also includes specific metrics that will allow the Village and its partners to measure their success in implementing the Plan over the next several years.