Yorkville OKs firm to redo its comprehensive plan

Yorkville will retain a Chicago firm to spend the next year and a half updating the comprehensive plan.

Aldermen voted unanimously to hire The Lakota Group for a total commitment of $111,336 to update the plan, which was last updated in 2008.

Officials said they were most impressed with the company’s three-phase method that includes a lot of input from the community, – even to the point of going out to community events and seeking people’s opinions.

“I was excited they have a forward thinking plan,” said Alderman Carlo Colosimo, 1st Ward. “They’re going to go to festivals and places like that … to the people.”

City staff recommended The Lakota Group out of five companies that submitted bids to do the work. After dismissing the highest-cost bid, city staff evaluated the four remaining bids and chose Lakota.

The company was actually the third-lowest bid. The lowest was Teska Associates Inc., of Plainfield, which bid $91,820. The second lowest was H.R. Green, a Yorkville company, at $109,700.

But when city staff did its evaluation, breaking each proposal into five criteria, Lakota came out with 93 points out of 100, compared to 90.5 points for HR Green and 85 points for Teska. Staff said The Lakota Group scored the highest on their three-phase method, and on the fact that they had done projects recently that most resembled the work Yorkville wants.

“It’s a way of re-imagining Yorkville, taking what we’ve done already, and combining it with what we’re going to do,” said Alderman Joel Frieders, 3rd Ward.

The Lakota Group has provided public and private sector clients with land use planning and site design services for more than 20 years.

The city’s master plan is a blueprint for what kind of land uses exist already, and what officials and residents would like to see in the future.

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