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, taking place 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 technology), accessibility for all and consideration of environmentally sustainable practices?
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.
- 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 map.social (community issues mapping tool)
While a multitude of different issues and opportunities were identified, the following key themes consistently were discussed across all outreach events and engagement tools:
Traffic and Congestion: Residents felt that getting around Naperville has become increasingly difficult due to the volume of cars and the capacity of roadways to handle existing traffic.
Multimobility: As a solution to traffic and congestion, participants called for a greater dedication to driving alternatives within the community, such as options for walking, biking and taking public transportation.
Continuing Growth and Development: Overall, there was a concern that Naperville is getting too big and continuing to grow, which will impact other elements of the community like transportation, cost of living and infrastructure. This indicated the need for a measured and consistent approach to growth and development in Naperville.
Preservation of Green Space: Residents called for the preservation of green space and careful consideration of development to ensure Naperville retains its landscape and identity.
Diversity: Participants highlighted the need for development, businesses, services and amenities that appeal to residents of different ethnic backgrounds, ages and incomes.
Affordability: This theme was consistently tied to affordable housing, but also branched to the affordability of businesses, property and services to residents of all incomes. Residents emphasized the need to make Naperville more accessible to a greater range of incomes, particularly seniors who want to stay in the community but cannot afford the high cost of homes or residential taxes.
Downtown Naperville: Residents emphasized the need to maintain Downtown and address issues specific to its function and desirability, such as parking. Additionally, residents were concerned about the stability of Downtown as a shopping destination, given the amount of vacant storefronts in other commercial areas.
North and South Naperville: Throughout all outreach events, participants and stakeholders frequently discussed Naperville in terms of northern and southern portions of the community. There was a strong distinction between the unique issues each area faces or how the same issues impact each area differently.
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.