Jefferson Park Master Plan Passes Plan Commission
I am pleased to announce that the Plan Commission unanimously approved the Jefferson Park Master Plan this Thursday. The plan is the result of over a year’s worth of input and ideas from neighbors such as yourself.
I would like to thank the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, Jefferson Park Forward, Northwest Side Unite, and the numerous neighbors and stakeholders for their partnership and collaboration with Teska Associates and my office over the past year and a half.
The final plan includes a roadmap for revitalizing the immediate area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center; including creating community gathering spaces, redeveloping vacant land, and creating a more walkable business corridor.
A copy of the master plan is available to view on the Master Plan website.
Jefferson Park Master Plan to go Before Planning Dec. 20
Photo Credit: Teska Associates
I’m pleased to announce that the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) will vote to codify the final draft of the Jefferson Park Master Plan during their December 20 meeting.
The funding for the master plan was first announced by my office in 2015 after I secured a grant from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to fund the analysis and process. In 2017, RTA awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan that would help inform and guild the revitalization of the commercial district surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
Beginning in June 2017, Teska Associates began an extensive and comprehensive process to obtain community input to guide them in developing the master plan. The outreach included three town hall community meetings where all stakeholders could be heard. Teska also hosted 15 meetings with neighborhood organizations including the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce, the Gladstone Park Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Side Unite, Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association, Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association, and Jefferson Park Forward. Finally, they conducted dozens of interviews, put out two public surveys, and incorporated hundreds of comments submitted to them on the Master Plan website.
The final draft is a result of over a year’s worth input and ideas from neighbors such as yourself. I am confident that this plan reflects the neighborhood’s values and priorities while developing a roadmap to reinvigorating our business corridor. I would like to thank you for your participation in this process and I look forward to your ongoing partnership in the implementation of this plan. I am proud to represent a community that is demonstrably invested in the formation of this valuable tool that will lead to the betterment and long-term success of the Jefferson Park neighborhood.
Teska has completed the draft recommendations for the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan. These recommendations are the result of an extensive community input process over the past nine months that included 15 meetings and outreach events, numerous interviews, two public surveys, and hundreds of comments.
The draft recommendations are available to view at the Jefferson Park Station Area Master Plan website. Residents have through February 12, 2018, to provide feedback via an online comment submission form. Once these comments have been collected, Teska will prepare a full draft of the Master Plan.
I would like to thank the community for their participation over the past several months in this process and for their ongoing commitment to our community. It gives me great honor to serve residents who are invested in the betterment of our neighborhood.
Important Upcoming Dates
- Community Meeting #1: 6:00-7:30 on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Copernicus Center– this will be a Community Listening Session to provide an overview of the project and have station areas to solicit feedback into economic development, transportation, and land use/design issues.
- Community Meeting #2: 6:00-7:30 on Monday, October 16, 2017, at the Copernicus Center – this will be an opportunity for community members to participate in developing strategies to improve transportation, mobility, land use, housing and economic development while strengthening the community character of our neighborhood.
- Open House: 6:30-8:00 pm on Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Copernicus Center – There will be a presentation on outreach and feedback to date, followed by an opportunity to learn more and comment on recommendations that have been developed for the draft Master Plan. Key topics include transportation, economic development, and community character. Design guidelines and design concepts will also be shared for public comment.
Work to Begin on Jefferson Park Master Plan
Big news in the effort to revitalize Jefferson Park! The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract to Teska Associates to develop a master plan to enhance the area surrounding the Jefferson Park Transit Center.
I first announced the effort to craft a master plan in the fall of 2015, when I secured funding from the RTA to cover 80% – or $125,000 – of the costs of the analysis. The remaining costs for the master plan will be covered using funds from the Jefferson Park Tax Increment Financing District.
Teska Associates will review the existing conditions of the transportation infrastructure, analyze properties within a ¼-mile of the transit center, collect data, and gather public input in order to make recommendations to improve access to public transportation and revitalize the business corridor through sustainable, economic development.
We need your input! You’ll have the chance to participate in this process as Teska Associates conducts stakeholder interviews and hosts multiple public workshops. A steering committee made up of residents will also help provide feedback and make recommendations throughout the process. The data collection and analysis will take about a year to complete before a final master plan is published.
I am thrilled with the announcement and glad we are ready to begin the data collection and analysis. This will help kickstart our ongoing campaign to revitalize the Jefferson Park neighborhood and create a thriving neighborhood for all residents of our community.