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When Will Flossmoor Develop a New Comprehensive Plan?: Minutes With the Mayor

In this installment of "Minutes with the Mayor," Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun explains the village's comprehensive plan.

Patch gathered questions from readers, for  Mayor Paul Braun. Now, Patch will regularly air a series of video responses to the questions readers voted as most pressing.

In this edition, Braun responds to the question: When Will Flossmoor Develop a New Comprehensive Plan?

Transcript:

The comprehensive plan, when I talk to planners, including our planning director, Patrick Finn, normally should have a shelf life of 20 to 25 years. The comprehensive plan in Flossmoor was originally adopted in 1986 and was reviewed in the early 90s when there was some consideration in terms of development on the west side of town. Now as you can probably appreciate, Flossmoor is pretty much a built-out residential community, so the current comprehensive plan obviously addresses the residential situation which we don’t expect to have a substantial change—or any change whatsoever in terms of the residential side. The review of the comprehensive plan would relate to the commercial corridors in Flossmoor: the areas on Governors Highway and Kedzie, the downtown business area on Sterling Avenue and the commercial area on Vollmer and Crawford. So in the early 1990s when the village was concerned about the western areas of town, that’s when the comprehensive plan was reviewed and there was some modifications made to it. The comprehensive plan was also reviewed in the context of some recent developments, specifically with the CVS store by the high school and also with regard to the Ingall’s health care facility, when that came on board as well. So there is review of the comprehensive plan, it just hasn’t been completely changed as a new document. I think one of the questions … on Patch was, ‘will residents have any input with regards to comprehensive plan matters?’ And the answer is definitely, ‘yes.’ We always welcome anyone that would have any considerations or thoughts to help us in terms of moving the village forward. In terms of the comprehensive plan, it has worked, we think, well so far and it will continue to be reviewed as necessary going forward.

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T'sMom August 24, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I have to agree with Tony. My elderly parents lived on 198th street, east of Crawford, since the 70's. They had planned on living there the rest of their lives. This part of the area where my parents lived was formerly known as unincorporated, Sunnycrest, but was incorporated & annexed by Flossmoor in the late 80's which then raised my parent's & others in that block with much higher property taxes. Eventually, my parents were forced to sell due to the area being now a commercially zoned business area and high taxes. Also, my father was told of numerous restrictions now on his property by the village, in order to sell his property. In addition, my father was told it was possible that he could lose their property through eminent domain by the village if they decided to do so since they owned the property next to his. In 1999, my father, sold his property, sick with cancer and afraid of everything he was going through with Flossmoor, since they annexed their area. it was a beautiful piece of property, with great family memories, my father received $60,000.00 by a commercial developer for his 3/4 acre property. I'm sure this developer will receive at least double or triple or even more than the price given to my father, when they sell it. What a terrible way to treat senior citizens.
Sue Bertram August 28, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I tried to take a look at the 1986 Comprehensive Plan, but the village website shows the last Comprehensive Plan as adopted in 1981. Is there another? Besides, what you really need is a "Long Range Plan" that is basically a wish list and frame work of what would happen in a perfect world. Then a 5 year plan with more specific and attainable goals. Every year, a goals and objectives planning session should happen - involving all village department heads, administrative staff and elected officials - to address actual attainable goals for each year. We have been doing this for the 20 years I have been on the H-FPD Board and it has worked quite well.
Barb Ferrari September 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Great example Sue... If a CEO were running their company on 23 year old plan I believe their doors would be shuttered soon. I would like like to know what revised vision Flossmoor has for their commercial land, since their previous vision seems to have fallen short in accomplishments.

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