Comprehensive Master Plan Update

City Council Approves Land Use Master Plan

On March 1, the City Council approved the Land Use Master Plan. The plan will guide land use and development in Naperville.

Naperville's Land Use Master Plan (previously called the Comprehensive Master Plan), first adopted in 1960, serves as a guide for growth and development in the City. It provides direction to those seeking to develop their land, as well as the decision-makers who decide whether requests should be approved. 

As Naperville has grown, so too has its plan — from a single document serving 12,933 residents when it was first developed in 1960, into three area plans and 27 sub-area plans that have helped shape Naperville into the dynamic destination city of today. The comprehensive master plan update provides a new, user-friendly plan document that:

  • Takes into consideration rapidly changing development concepts and trends;
  • incorporates citizen input and ideas;
  • consolidates area and many sub-area plans into a single, streamlined master plan that provides clear guidance to citizens, developers and community leaders.

Houseal Lavigne Associates, a Chicago-based consulting firm specializing in community planning, was contracted in 2019 to update the plan to reflect current development and demographic conditions in Naperville and to identify future trends and opportunities. 

Next Steps

On March 1, the City Council approved the Land Use Master Plan. The final version of the plan will guide land use and development in Naperville.


In response to comments and concerns about the plan raised at a public hearing in March 2020, the residential portion of the plan was presented to the City Council at its Jan. 5, 2021, meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission, as well as several residents, expressed concerns about the recommended single residential land use category on the future land use map, due to their belief that the single category would not provide clear direction for making recommendations on residential development projects.

After review and consideration of community input, the City Council directed revisions to provide three categories of residential density, similar to prior plans. This direction was consistent with the input provided by the PZC and public. The PZC and City Council were both supportive of other elements of the plan, including its guiding principles, focus on key sites and overall format.