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  • You’re Invited: Draft Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing - 11/14 @ 7pm

    about 1 month ago

    Join us at Village Hall (432 W. Nebraska Street) on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 pm for a Public Hearing to review Frankfort’s Draft Comprehensive Plan! The Draft Plan is available for review via the project website (click here) or at Frankfort Village Hall; 432 W. Nebraska Street. Please note that there are multiple items on the agenda for the evening of November 14th. As such, the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with the Public Hearing for the Draft Comprehensive Plan anticipated to start at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to arrive early or...

    Join us at Village Hall (432 W. Nebraska Street) on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 pm for a Public Hearing to review Frankfort’s Draft Comprehensive Plan! The Draft Plan is available for review via the project website (click here) or at Frankfort Village Hall; 432 W. Nebraska Street. Please note that there are multiple items on the agenda for the evening of November 14th. As such, the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with the Public Hearing for the Draft Comprehensive Plan anticipated to start at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to arrive early or attend the full session!





  • That's a Wrap! Priorities Identified, Final Draft Underway ...

    about 2 months ago
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    Many thanks to everyone who joined us at the September 24th Open House to review Frankfort's Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Plan (photos below). It was an eventful night of recaps, conversation, and prioritization to showcase, celebrate, and refine the feedback, involvement, and future visioning that has taken place over the past year!

    The Open House included a series of posters summarizing each plan chapter, along with "Priority Voting" boards that listed implementation action items. Upon arrival, everyone was greeted, provided with a sheet of voting stickers, and asked to use such to select actions they felt most strongly about. A brief...

    Many thanks to everyone who joined us at the September 24th Open House to review Frankfort's Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Plan (photos below). It was an eventful night of recaps, conversation, and prioritization to showcase, celebrate, and refine the feedback, involvement, and future visioning that has taken place over the past year!

    The Open House included a series of posters summarizing each plan chapter, along with "Priority Voting" boards that listed implementation action items. Upon arrival, everyone was greeted, provided with a sheet of voting stickers, and asked to use such to select actions they felt most strongly about. A brief presentation was provided highlighting the plan, key goals, and strategies.

    Following the Open House, the list of action items was converted into an online poll allowing everyone who was unable to attend in-person, the opportunity to share input via the website: www.YourFrankfort.com. The online priorities poll was open for two weeks, from October 1st - October 14th and generated an additional 65+ responses. The findings of this input is currently being reviewed and will be applied to the implementation action plan.

    We've said it before, and we will say it again -- thank you all for helping develop the comprehensive plan and serving as champions to the Village of Frankfort's future. There is no such thing as "place" without the "people" -- and your community's voice and stewardship have been an instrumental force throughout the planning process.







  • Take Final Poll: Prioritize Future Action Items, Today!

    2 months ago
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    Hey Frankfort, Your Vote Counts! Prioritize Plan Actions, Today...

    It all comes down to this! Help shape Frankfort's future by taking the 5-minute priorities poll, today. Special thanks to all who attended the 'Your Frankfort Draft Plan Open House' that took place on Tuesday, September 24th at Village Hall! It was great to reconnect with faces new and familiar and gather feedback on the plan. For those who were unable to attend, the Open House continues... online!

    The 'Your Frankfort Comprehensive Plan Draft' is here and we...

    Hey Frankfort, Your Vote Counts! Prioritize Plan Actions, Today...

    It all comes down to this! Help shape Frankfort's future by taking the 5-minute priorities poll, today. Special thanks to all who attended the 'Your Frankfort Draft Plan Open House' that took place on Tuesday, September 24th at Village Hall! It was great to reconnect with faces new and familiar and gather feedback on the plan. For those who were unable to attend, the Open House continues... online!

    The 'Your Frankfort Comprehensive Plan Draft' is here and we need your help prioritizing recommendations. Please take 5-minutes to select your top 3 action items in each of the following plan categories:

    1. Land Use
    2. Green Initiatives
    3. Social + Cultural Vibrancy
    4. Transportation + Mobility
    5. Economic Prosperity
    The recommendations listed were identified through the extensive community engagement that has taken place over the past 19 months. The comprehensive "plan" is all about the "process" and your ideas and input have been monumental in shaping Frankfort's future. Thank you in advance for your time and effort!






  • Join us! Community Open House September 24th – Review Preliminary Draft Plan

    3 months ago
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    It’s here! Come meet Frankfort’s Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Plan.

    Many thanks to everyone who has taken part in-person and online over the past year. From Idea Booths at the Frankfort Country Market and Parties in the Park… to student focus groups at Hickory Creek and Lincoln Way East… to a series of community workshops and online polls – on behalf of the Village of Frankfort and planning team, we are so appreciate of everyone’s involvement and oversight throughout the outreach process. Frankfort residents, business owners, commissioners, local leaders and organizations -- your ideas and feedback have helped...

    It’s here! Come meet Frankfort’s Preliminary Draft Comprehensive Plan.

    Many thanks to everyone who has taken part in-person and online over the past year. From Idea Booths at the Frankfort Country Market and Parties in the Park… to student focus groups at Hickory Creek and Lincoln Way East… to a series of community workshops and online polls – on behalf of the Village of Frankfort and planning team, we are so appreciate of everyone’s involvement and oversight throughout the outreach process. Frankfort residents, business owners, commissioners, local leaders and organizations -- your ideas and feedback have helped shaped Frankfort’s future!


    Please join us to celebrate and review the plan!

    • Your Future, Your Frankfort Open House
    • Tuesday, September 24th
    • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Village Hall, 432 W Nebraska Street


    Unable to make it?

    The preliminary draft is posted on the project website (click here) where you can review the document and provide comments.









  • Hey, Frankfort! We wanted to check-in and let you know...

    5 months ago
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    The Draft Plan is Underway!


    We hope you all are enjoying summertime 2019! We have been hard at work and wanted to check-in to let you know that the Draft Plan is underway. Thanks to the plentiful ideas and feedback received at past workshops, pop-up events, online polls, comment mapping and idea tools — we are well on our way to preparing Frankfort’s Draft Comprehensive Plan. The chapters and strategies will address near-, mid-, and long-term goals, as well as design guidelines for downtown residential.


    Next Steps

    We are targeting a public open house to review the Draft Plan in...

    The Draft Plan is Underway!


    We hope you all are enjoying summertime 2019! We have been hard at work and wanted to check-in to let you know that the Draft Plan is underway. Thanks to the plentiful ideas and feedback received at past workshops, pop-up events, online polls, comment mapping and idea tools — we are well on our way to preparing Frankfort’s Draft Comprehensive Plan. The chapters and strategies will address near-, mid-, and long-term goals, as well as design guidelines for downtown residential.


    Next Steps

    We are targeting a public open house to review the Draft Plan in fall. More details and invites to come – stay tuned!





  • Input Received at Design Guidelines Open House

    8 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Tuesday, April 9th at an Open House to review the Draft Downtown Residential Design Guidelines!


    The Open House took place from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Village Hall, 432 W Nebraska. Boards showcasing the Draft Guidelines were on display for folks to review, comment on, and discuss with fellow residents and Village staff. Upon arrival, participants were welcomed and provided with comment cards to share written input as well as a set of colorful stickers to identify those guidelines they liked most. Over the course of the...

    Thank you to everyone who joined us this past Tuesday, April 9th at an Open House to review the Draft Downtown Residential Design Guidelines!


    The Open House took place from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Village Hall, 432 W Nebraska. Boards showcasing the Draft Guidelines were on display for folks to review, comment on, and discuss with fellow residents and Village staff. Upon arrival, participants were welcomed and provided with comment cards to share written input as well as a set of colorful stickers to identify those guidelines they liked most. Over the course of the evening, the boards became progressively more vibrant, as skittles, er -- we mean stickers -- were stuck. Feedback from the open house is currently being reviewed as part of the Your Frankfort, Your Future Comprehensive Plan. Thanks again to everyone who has been involved in the planning process to date. Drafting of the full Comprehensive Plan is currently underway -- stay tuned!







  • Creating Our Corridors Workshop

    12 months ago
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    Big thanks to everyone who came out to share their insights and preferences as part of the 'Your Frankfort Creating Our Corridors Workshop' -- an event of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Update. The Community Workshop took place on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Village Hall. Scroll down to view a summary of the evening and ideas shared. Click here to add your own insights to the mix -- be sure to "heart" and comment on the ideas you support!


    Add your corridor related ideas today!


    Project Updates + Outreach Themes

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    Big thanks to everyone who came out to share their insights and preferences as part of the 'Your Frankfort Creating Our Corridors Workshop' -- an event of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Update. The Community Workshop took place on Tuesday, November 27th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Village Hall. Scroll down to view a summary of the evening and ideas shared. Click here to add your own insights to the mix -- be sure to "heart" and comment on the ideas you support!


    Add your corridor related ideas today!


    Project Updates + Outreach Themes

    The workshop began at 6pm with an opening overview by Mike Hoffman (Project Manager, Teska) and Erin Cigliano (Engagement Specialist, Teska). Together they provided a recap of the last workshop, emerging themes, and results from the Downtown Residential Design Survey. Important next steps include applying the findings of the survey to create a set of Downtown Residential Design Guidelines as part of the Comprehensive Plan.


    Corridor Overview

    Following project updates and engagement themes, Mike introduced special areas within Frankfort that the comprehensive plan will address including the Route 30 West, Route 30 East, and Laraway Corridors. The Route 30 West corridor contains roughly 300 acres of undeveloped land along Route 30 near Hickory Creek, located in the middle of the community. The majority of the land is owned by Silver Cross and while they may retain a portion of the property for future medical uses they intend to sell the majority of the land for future development. Several examples of varying housing, retail and mixed-use developments similar in size and scale to the Route 30 West corridor were highlighted. These examples were presented as “food-for-thought” to showcase a range of alternatives and help rouse discussion and preferences during the break-out portion of Workshop #3 that followed.



    Break-Out Activity Stations

    To better understand existing conditions and future opportunities for these special areas, the next part of the evening focused on discussing specific components and corridor nuances -- What opportunities exist? What are the concerns? What types of uses (residential, recreational, entertainment, commercial, industrial, civic, mixed-use) would you like to see? Participants visited each of the three activity stations at their own pace to write and share insights.


    Route 30 East Corridor (Between Harlem Avenue and 84th Avenue):


    This station focused on the eastern section of Route 30, between Harlem Avenue and 84th Avenue. An aerial map was displayed for folks to write on, alongside a board highlighting existing conditions at key intersections. Many of the properties along this section of Route 30 are unincorporated and do not have access to utilities. As part of the comprehensive plan, we need to outline priorities so that when opportunities arise - such as, when a developer approaches the Village with a proposal or when the County makes plans to improve roadways - Frankfort can clearly define their vision for that area.


    Takeaways from the Route 30 East Station:

    • Aesthetics: Most comments received focused on a desire to make this section of Route 30 more attractive. Simply put, participants want to “move the dial,” “make it look better,” and, “give it a face lift.” Others noted wanting to take measures to improve the piecemeal nature of development, enhance cohesion, and ensure future corridor aesthetics are representative of the Village of Frankfort.
    • Housing: Some residents flagged this area as being an opportunity to develop more affordable, quality housing types (smaller single-family homes and high-end apartments) that could attract younger families and individuals.
    • Sustainability + Greenspace: Being that a large section of this corridor lies within a floodplain, many noted the importance of sustainable approaches to design and development, stormwater management, greenspace and open space preservation.
    • Connectivity + Safety: As future incorporation and development takes root, participants discussed the importance of ensuring connectivity between developments, pedestrian / cyclist safety, and quality design standards reflective of Frankfort.


    Route 30 West Corridor (Between 84th Avenue and Route 45 / La Grange Road):

    This station focused on the western section of Route 30, between La Grange Road and 84th Avenue, highlighting two different approaches to land use planning; (1) Traditional versus (2) New Urbanist. Residents were given stickers to place on the concept they felt was most appropriate for the corridor. Most residents leaned towards Concept Two, the New Urbanist approach, which showed a grid-like layout, mix of uses and some higher-density housing.


    Takeaways from the Route 30 West Station:

    • Housing: Consider mixed use and increased density in this area. Mix of uses can be both vertical – shops over residential, or horizontal – housing integrated into commercial development like in existing downtown Frankfort. Higher density could include limited buildings of up to 3 or 4 stories in some locations. Offer new housing options, such as smaller lot single-family, condominiums and potentially luxury apartments. Good opportunity to integrate age-restricted housing.
    • Retail/Entertainment: Opportunity for higher-end dining options. Other retail and entertainment options that cater to young families and young individuals.

    • Rec/Civic: Consider expanding civic use across from library. Encourage recreational opportunities near Hickory Creek, such as climbing walls, kayaking, a recreation center, swimming pool/aquatic park or other active and passive recreational uses.
    • Other thoughts: Encourage conservation design and green practices in and around Floodplain Zones and Hickory Creek.



    Laraway Corridor (Between Harlem Avenue and Route 45 / La Grange Road):

    This station focused on Laraway Road, between Harlem Avenue and Route 45 / La Grange Road. Existing and future land use maps were displayed, alongside “voting boards” showcasing a mix of corridor design treatments. Residents were given six stickers, which they used to vote for the images they felt would be most appropriate for Laraway Road.


    Takeaways from the Route 30 West Station:

    • Pedestrian / Cyclist Safety: Residents said that pedestrian and cyclist safety should be a priority when planning for the corridor.The east side of the corridor has Commissioners Park, Chelsea Elementary/Intermediate School, St. Anthony Catholic Church, and Sauk Trail Reservoir on the north side of Laraway, and residential to the south. Several residents noted concerns about safety in and around Laraway Road given its high rate of speed, increasing traffic volume, and the lack of a continuous path or sidewalk through the corridor.
    • Industry: Residents expressed their belief that the Laraway Corridor already has a healthy amount of industry and traffic moving through the area. Some said they are concerned about the increase in truck traffic and overall livability of the neighborhood if the road is expanded or if more industry is brought into the area. There was some discussion about regulating the appearance of industrial buildings to create a continuous high quality appearance from the roadway. Participants questioned the amount of land dedicated to future industrial use in the current plan and suggested larger industrial users locate near the Stuenkel Road / I-57 interchange.
    • Conservation Design: Some residents said that conservation design should have a role in Laraway’s overall character. Especially given the proximity to the Sauk Trail Reservoir to the east and Jackson Creek to the west.
    • Commercial: A few people touched on the fact that there is very little commercial activity in the corridor, especially near Commissioner’s Park and St Anthony Catholic Church, which can attract a lot of people. Some residents said it would be nice to have some sort of convenience store, gas station or even some cafes/restaurants in the area for people to go before or after church or a baseball game, noting they would rather spend their money in Frankfort than traveling into a neighboring town.
    • Corridor Character: Based on the voting boards, residents seemed to favor “greener” character elements. Many people voted for permeable pavers, bioswales and green medians. Native plants seemed to be a crowd favorite as well. A few residents said they prefer the aesthetic of native plants because they look natural to the area and have a low profile that is not overwhelming. Others said they prefer native plants because of the many ecosystem services they provide (improve air and water quality, attract pollinators, etc.), and they are generally low maintenance and cost efficient. Participants expressed the desire to create a consistent high quality appearance to the corridor though the use of landscaping, architectural standards, way-finding signage, and lighting.



    Share Your Corridor-Related Ideas Today!

    Please share your ideas and ideals for Route 30 and Laraway Road! Special tools have been added specific to the corridors.


    Next Steps

    • Downtown Residential Design Guidelines

    • Draft Comprehensive Plan










  • Join Us! Creating Our Corridors Workshop 11/27

    about 1 year ago
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    Creating Our Corridors Workshop: Tuesday, November 27th @ 6pm

    Come share your visions and ideals for Frankfort's Route 30 and Laraway Road Corridors. What opportunities exist? How do you want to see these areas develop in the future? Bring your fresh ideas and fellow Frankfort neighbors and join us as we envision the possibilities! This workshop will also highlight findings of the Downtown Residential Design Survey as well as next steps in the comprehensive planning process. Don't miss out on this interactive night of corridor planning and updates.

    Details:
    Your Frankfort 'Creating Our Corridors' Workshop
    Tuesday, November 27th,...

    Creating Our Corridors Workshop: Tuesday, November 27th @ 6pm

    Come share your visions and ideals for Frankfort's Route 30 and Laraway Road Corridors. What opportunities exist? How do you want to see these areas develop in the future? Bring your fresh ideas and fellow Frankfort neighbors and join us as we envision the possibilities! This workshop will also highlight findings of the Downtown Residential Design Survey as well as next steps in the comprehensive planning process. Don't miss out on this interactive night of corridor planning and updates.

    Details:
    Your Frankfort 'Creating Our Corridors' Workshop
    Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
    6:00PM at Village Hall
    432 W Nebraska Street
    Snacks + Refreshments Provided




  • T-Minus 2-Weeks: Creating Our Corridors Workshop - 11/27

    about 1 year ago
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    Mark your calendars! Save the date! Join us on Tuesday, November 27th for the Your Frankfort 'Creating Our Corridors' Workshop!

    Come share your visions and ideals for Frankfort's Route 30 and Laraway Road Corridors. What opportunities exist? How do you want to see these areas develop in the future? Bring your fresh ideas and fellow Frankfort neighbors and join us as we envision the possibilities! This workshop will also highlight findings of the Downtown Residential Design Survey as well as next steps in the comprehensive planning process. Don't miss out on this interactive night of ideation and updates

    Details:

    Mark your calendars! Save the date! Join us on Tuesday, November 27th for the Your Frankfort 'Creating Our Corridors' Workshop!

    Come share your visions and ideals for Frankfort's Route 30 and Laraway Road Corridors. What opportunities exist? How do you want to see these areas develop in the future? Bring your fresh ideas and fellow Frankfort neighbors and join us as we envision the possibilities! This workshop will also highlight findings of the Downtown Residential Design Survey as well as next steps in the comprehensive planning process. Don't miss out on this interactive night of ideation and updates

    Details:

    Your Frankfort 'Creating Our Corridors' Workshop
    Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
    6:00PM at Village Hall
    432 W Nebraska Street
    Snacks + Refreshments Provided


  • Closing 10/26: Downtown Residential Design Survey

    about 1 year ago
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    Get your votes in!

    The Downtown Residential Design survey is closing today at 4pm. Join the 200+ residents who have shared their preferences as they relate to architectural style and design treatments in Downtown Frankfort.


    Other News

    Save the Date: The 'Your Frankfort: Beyond the Downtown' Workshop will be November 27th, 2018.
    Design Preferences: Check out highlights from the Downtown Design Workshop
    Survey #2: Results are in! View the findings of Survey #2 Economic Development








    Get your votes in!

    The Downtown Residential Design survey is closing today at 4pm. Join the 200+ residents who have shared their preferences as they relate to architectural style and design treatments in Downtown Frankfort.


    Other News

    Save the Date: The 'Your Frankfort: Beyond the Downtown' Workshop will be November 27th, 2018.
    Design Preferences: Check out highlights from the Downtown Design Workshop
    Survey #2: Results are in! View the findings of Survey #2 Economic Development