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Mark Your Calendar:

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the “Comprehensive Plan Public Input” meeting on January 15, 2020.  The location for the meeting will be the Village Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Please take this opportunity to find out information about the progress of Godfrey’s long-term planning process; and more importantly, let your voice be heard in regards to Godfrey’s future.

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

The Village of Godfrey Comprehensive Planning Committee will be hosting an open house to gain public input on January 15, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in at the Village Hall, 6810 Godfrey Road.  The meeting is part of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Update process.

The comprehensive plan communicates a community’s goals and objectives, provides a blueprint for future land use, and serves as the basis for zoning, subdivision, and land use codes. A comprehensive plan is a document consisting of text and a series of maps that:

  • Identifies a community’s goals and sets forth its vision for the future;
  • As part of its formulation, reaches out to a diverse group of stakeholders for their help, ideas, and expertise in the developing those goals and identifying the actions needed to achieve them; and
  • Provides guidance for establishing the laws, policies, and programs to achieve implementation.

Source:  University of Delaware

Godfrey’s Comprehensive Planning Committee was established in March 2019 with the purpose of updating the Village’s 2008 Plan.  The group has been working throughout the summer and fall to collect information and develop a long-term strategy.  The January 15 meeting will exhibit findings of the group as well as providing information about plans for the Village’s future.  More importantly, the purpose of the public meeting will be to gain additional input from residents and stakeholders as to what should be included in the Comprehensive Plan Update.  With the information gained from public input, the goal is to have official adaption of the Plan Update late in the first quarter of 2020.

The meeting will be an open format with presentations of information and exhibits.  Attendees will be requested to complete an anonymous stakeholder survey.  Members of the Comprehensive Planning Committee will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.

For additional information contact:
Jim Mager, Village of Godfrey Economic Development @ 618-466-3325; or,
jmager@godfreyil.org

COMMITTEE PURPOSE:

The Office of Economic Development (Jim Mager, jmager@godfreyil.org) will be overseeing the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee.  The comprehensive plan is a statutory requirement by the State of Illinois.  The importance of the plan is to service as a “bible” for setting direction of the Village.  The plan is often referenced when applying for grants from various agencies.  While the comprehensive plan has no “enforcement” authority, it is used to provide guidance in developing ordinances for the Village.  Additionally, the plan should be developed with broad input from the community and stakeholders.  While the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will develop the comprehensive plan, it will be passed on to Planning and Zoning, be subjected to public hearing; and ultimately, must be approved by the Board of Trustees.

Committee Agendas:                                         Committee Minutes:

 March 18, 2019                                                            March 18, 2019

                April 22, 2019                                                 April 22, 2019 (No Quorum)

May 13, 2019                                                                May 13, 2019

June 10, 2019                                                               June 10, 2019

July 8, 2019                                                                  July 8, 2019

August 12, 2019                                                            August 12, 2019

September 9, 2019                                                       September 9, 2019

What is going on with the Committee:

The Village of Godfrey Comprehensive Planning Committee will be hosting an open house to gain public input on January 15, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in at the Village Hall, 6810 Godfrey Road.  The meeting is part of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Update process.

The Comprehensive Planning Committee has somewhat  “envisioned” Godfrey as:

Godfrey should be positioned to be a “bedroom” community of highly educated professionals and/or highly skilled workers who are commuting to job to the central MSA.   With the resulting increased population density, attracting businesses will become likely “down the road.”   A configuration of physical and non-physical environments will support the development and growth of local business start-ups.

In doing so:

Godfrey should utilize its attributes of quality education systems, parks, bike/walk paths and natural assets to create a community attractive to the targeted demographic. 

  • A focus should be on developing housing, both single and multi-family that is above average with a significant “homeowner association” control. 
  • An emphasis should be placed on student and senior housing segments.
  • As the physical attributes of this “bedroom” community are developed, an intellectual infrastructure should be created. 
  • This infrastructure should include access to capital, higher education, social and entertainment assets and an entrepreneurial climate.

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