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MUNSTER — Residents are invited to learn about officials' plan to update its current zoning regulations with the goal of improving Munster's economic vibrancy, aesthetic appearance and overall livability. 

The town's current zoning is considered a barrier to the "type of high-quality development" that residents envisioned for their future upon adopting the 2010 comprehensive plan, according to a Munster news release. 

In March, the Town Council entered into a contract with a consultant, Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative LLC, to develop the new zoning rules. 

The town intends to modernize its zoning codes to promote sustainable growth and help reorient itself as a walkable community with parks, trails and high quality development, the release states. 

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The project, Livable Munster Character-Based Code, aims to transition to a character- or form-based code that emphasizes building massing and scale and the relationship between the building façade and the public realm, rather than focusing on separation of uses, according to town officials. 

"These types of codes ensure more predictable built results and high-quality development and have been successfully implemented in cities and towns across the country," according a news release.

Residents can learn more and weigh in on the plan at an upcoming public meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. June 7 at Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road. 

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.