Montgomery panel works on revised comprehensive plan
By Judy Pochel For Sun-Times Media January 18, 2014 1:48PM
Updated: February 22, 2014 6:04AM
Those who make their home in the village of Montgomery say the “small town” atmosphere is what makes them happy and how they want their community to remain.
Village residents got to see what their neighbors envisioned the village to be in the coming decades at the comprehensive plan open house.
Village leaders hired Houseal Lavinge Associates to formulate a plan for growth in the area after winning a state grant to pay for a comprehensive plan update last year.
Various meetings were held for all citizens, business owners and politicians to make sure their recommendations were incorporated into the final plan. What has resulted is a comprehensive map for village officials to use while governing area growth.
After looking at the plans John Aman said the community has a desire to remain with a small town feel.
Some 350 people have attended the various workshops held over the past year to have an active part of planning for the future.
Jerard Chipman, a planner in the village, said the workshops helped him identify which parts of town people want to grow in the years to come.
He said one was the “Mill,” a historic building that occupies a lot across from Village Hall. In 1861 flour was produced for the Union Army in that building.
Devin Lavigne, with Houseal Lavigne Associates, said the turnout at the workshops was tremendous and credited that to the residents who want to see Montgomery grow in a managed way.
The consultants will take information gained from the open house back to make final revisions and will present the last formal updated plan to the village in early February.
Chipman said a public hearing would be scheduled to hear any other feedback on the plan before it is voted on by the Village Board.