Comprehensive Master Plan Update

Naperville's 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. A comprehensive master plan update, which began in 2019, will result in 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, has been contracted to update the plan to reflect current development and demographic conditions in Naperville and to identify future trends and opportunities. 

The updated plan will recommend land-use designations for 10 geographic areas within the City's planning boundaries. The land-use plans for each geographic area will include recommendations and policies for all land uses and development considerations. These areas were specifically identified and agreed upon by City Council and include: 

  • The property located north of I-88 and south of I-88 to Diehl Road, and west of Route 59 to the City's western boundary;
  • Key sites along the tollway corridor (BP, former DuPage County transportation property, Nokia property);
  • Key sites along East Ogden Avenue (Ogden Mall, Iroquois Center, Fair Oaks Ford, Regency Hotel);
  • North downtown, including Washington Street corridor;
  • The area reserved for StarLine station at 91st Street and 248th Avenue;
  • The City's "South 20" property (southeast corner of 103rd and Route 59);
  • Spring Avenue, from Mill Street to its western end;
  • The northwest corner of Naper Boulevard and Plank Road to Ogden Avenue;
  • The area near the intersection of 75th Street and Wehrli Road;
  • The southeast corner of Mill Street and Bauer Road.

The plan will also provide goals and recommendations that will apply City-wide for topics such as:

  • Housing — What are the City's current gaps in the housing market? What are new trends in housing types and designs? How should housing affordability be addressed?
  • Commercial uses — How can the City's aging commercial areas be addressed? What are new trends in the commercial market?
  • Sustainability and technology — How do Naperville's plans account for changing technology (autonomous vehicles, 5G communications), accessibility for all and consideration of environmentally sustainable practices? 

Next Steps

In response to comments and concerns about the plan raised at a public hearing on March 4, 2020, the residential portion of the plan was presented to the City Council at its Jan. 5, 2021 meeting for its consideration and further direction. Staff is currently working on edits to the draft plan pursuant to City Council’s direction.

Resident Feedback

During the summer months of 2019, the City of Naperville invited residents to share their feedback on development in Naperville. Feedback was shared through both in-person events and online tools.

In all, more than 650 engagements were recorded. This input will guide the planning process and will be reflected in the vision, goals, recommendations and policies of the final Naperville comprehensive master plan. 

Outreach Snapshot

  • 676 overall instances of engagement
  • In-person events: 141 individuals engaged through two community workshops, Elected and Appointed Officials Roundtable, Naperville Development Partnership workshop, do-it-yourself workshop kits and stakeholder interviews
  • Online outreach tools: 535 individuals engaged through online questionnaires for residents and businesses and (community issues mapping tool)

Key Themes

While a multitude of different issues and opportunities were identified, several key themes consistently were discussed across all outreach events and engagement tools.

View key themes

Public Meetings

draft land use master plan (Feb. 26, 2020) is currently available. The public was invited to address the Planning and Zoning Commission about the plan at its March 4, 2020, meeting. The residential recommendations of the plan were presented to the City Council at the Jan. 5, 2021, meeting. Staff is currently working on edits to the draft plan pursuant to City Council’s direction. Please refer questions to City Planner Sara Kopinski at

Past Meetings
Community members were invited to share their vision for Naperville's continued development and to help identify valued trends and concepts at two workshops held on June 17, 2019. 

View a summary of feedback from the meetings

Additionally, consultant Houseal Lavigne held open houses to discuss the plan on Dec. 9, 2019, and Feb. 3, 2020.