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The Village has adopted several plans and studies that are referred to when considering new development or redevelopment within the Village. These plans and studies serve as guiding documents for land use to ensure development preserves and promotes the wellbeing of the community. The documents provide a framework for integrating the planning goals and objectives identified by the Village.

Comprehensive Plan

The Village of Glen Ellyn’s Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2001 and provides a long range vision for physical improvement and development in the Village and the Village’s planning jurisdiction.  The Plan provides recommendations for such things as land use, transportation, community facilities and public facilities.  Target-area plans for the Village’s three commercial areas (downtown, Roosevelt Road and Historic Stacy’s Corners) are included.  The Plan is the result of numerous public meetings and extensive deliberation by the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, the Glen Ellyn Plan Commission and the Village Board of Trustees.   The Village is in the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan.  Information on the updated Comprehensive Plan can be found here.

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Downtown Strategic Plan

The Downtown Strategic Plan, adopted on October 26, 2009, articulates the community’s vision for the Downtown and contains a 10-20 year implementation strategy for achieving that vision.  The goal of the Plan is to “Create an economically-viable Downtown that is attractive to citizens and businesses”.

  • Provide an appropriate mix and supply of retail establishements that draw consumers to the Downtown;
  • Increase the Village’s population within walking distance of the Downtown;
  • Improve the conditions of many Downtown buildings through upgrading and modernizing building interiors and maintaining or restoring building exteriors;
  • Increase the amount of Downtown office space to attract businesses;
  • Create new Downtown amenities, such as, increasing recreation and parkland opportunities;
  • Improve the sufficiency and convenience of the Downtown parking supply north and south of the railroad tracks; and
  • Establish a distinguishing feature in the downtown that differentiates Glen Ellyn’s Downtown from other communities’ downtowns.

Since the Plan’s adoption in 2009, the Village has been working to implement many of the recommendations in the Plan.  To date the Village has worked to create a new downtown organization the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn, completed a Two-Way Traffic Study, brought the Village’s Façade and Downtown Interior Grant Programs in-house and established a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, among other things.  There are 18 core projects and more than 50 tasks recommended in the Plan.  For more information about these projects and the status of each please click here.

For additional questions regarding Glen Ellyn’s Downtown Strategic Plan, please contact the Community Development Department at 630-547-5250.
Downtown Streetscape Plan and Parking Study

The Downtown Streetscape Plan and Parking Study, a study undertaken as recommended in the Downtown Plan, was adopted by a unanimous vote by the Village Board at its May 28, 2013 meeting. Key recommendations of the plan and study include additional landscaping, uniform signage and lighting, more pedestrian crossings, brick pavers to enhance the streetscape appearance, Prairie Path enhancements, and policies that create more visible and available parking. Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the plan and study, along with a Wayfinding & Signage Plan and a tax-increment financing district, are tools to help implement the Village’s 2009 Downtown Strategic Plan. The long-term goals of the strategic plan are anticipated to be met over 10 years.

Wayfinding Signage Plan

The 2009 Downtown Strategic Plan recommended that the Village undertake a wayfinding and signage study. In 2013, the Village was awarded a CMAP grant to fund the completion of a community wayfinding study. The purpose of the study is to strengthen the economic vitality of the Village by better directing residents, visitors, shoppers and others to the community’s shopping districts, parking facilities and abundant community assets and to provide a more unified image of the Village. The Village budgets annually to ensure the installation of the proposed signs in this plan.

2-Way Traffic Study

As recommended by the 2009 Downtown Strategic Plan, the Village of Glen Ellyn retained Kenig, Lindgren, O’Hara, Aboona, Inc. (KLOA, Inc.) and Walker Parking Consultants (Walker Parking) to examine the operation of the one-way roads in and near the Village’s Central Business District and determine the feasibility of converting them to two-way traffic. This study focused on ways to minimize loss of on-street parking and examine the impact on pedestrian and bicycle access and safety.

Metra Train Station Improvements – Underpass/ Overpass Study

This feasibility study for Metra train station improvements is an early and continuing step toward enabling the Village to implement its Downtown Strategic Plan. The results of this study enable Village staff to move initiatives forward that address frequent resident and customer complaints about downtown congestion caused by a high frequency of passenger and freight train activity through town. This study evaluates the feasibility to:

•          Improve the pedestrian crossing at Taylor Avenue;
•          Identify a suitable location for a pedestrian underpass in the vicinity of the Metra Commuter Rail Station; and
•          Identify a suitable location for a vehicular grade-separated rail crossing within the Downtown.
•          Feasibility Project Assessment of the Pedestrian and Vehicular Over/Under Passes in the Central Business District

Move GE Active Transportation Plan

Move GE is an organized Village effort overseen by the Department of Public Works with involvement from other departments such as Planning and Development, Police, and Administration. The plan was prepared in response to a recommendation in the Downtown Plan. Consulting support was provided by Realign, a complete streets-focused planning partnership of University of Illinois at Chicago master’s students. Launched in late January 2014, the plan has received outside support from the League of Illinois Bicyclists, the Glen Ellyn Park District, the West Suburban Bike Advocacy Council, DuPage County personnel, Element Multisport bike shop, and numerous residents and private stakeholders.

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