Firm to outline vision for Lansing

2012-11-24T18:45:00Z 2012-11-24T22:06:07Z Firm to outline vision for LansingDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent
November 24, 2012 6:45 pm  • 

LANSING | Chicago city planning firm Houseal Lavigne Associates on Tuesday presented village officials and residents with the course of action it will use to assess and make recommendations for economic development and village design.

Dan Gardner and Devin Lavigne showed a Powerpoint presentation illustrating the group's 12-month, seven-part process that will result in a final report to the Village Board.

"We're thrilled at the chance to work with this community and set the course for the future with this comprehensive plan," Lavigne said. "We'll be meeting with residents, key departments, business owners in the community. And whatever issues are with Lansing, that's what we'll articulate in the plan."

The project will cost approximately $100,000 and is being paid for by a grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, which chose Houseal Lavigne. Gewalt Hamilton, an engineering consultation company that Lavigne called transportation experts, will be working with Houseal Lavigne.

"I just want to say how pleased I am to have really unparalleled comprehensive planning experts on board with us for the next year," said Kristi DeLaurentiis, the village’s director of planning and development. "They're really going to help us as we move forward with communitywide input on the comprehensive plan."

Lansing's current plan dates to 1995.

"I don't think (the 1995 plan) serves the community well, in terms of serving as a good road map for us," DeLaurentiis said. "This will establish kind of the framework for plans going forward."

Houseal Lavigne has worked with more than 100 municipalities and earned multiple state and national awards for its work since it was founded in 2004. The process for Lansing will include community outreach, market assessment, data collection and an assessment of plans and policies.

The firm has already highlighted a few areas of town which it sees as "issues, opportunities and challenges." These spots include portions of Torrence Avenue north and south of Interstate 80/94, the downtown area along Ridge Road and the area surrounding Lansing Municipal Airport.

"The idea is to come out to all of you and say, 'What do you want in your plan, what is important to you?'" Gardner said.

A final document is expected to be presented to the board in November 2013.

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