The Village of Hanover Park is taking steps to implement our long-range vision of creating a vibrant "downtown" area around the Metra train station. To implement land usage recommendations of our plans, changes are proposed to the Zoning Code. These changes include the creation of new zoning districts with regulations and guidelines for future development in the Village Center area.
On February 17th, the Village hosted an open house to allow Village Center property owners and businesses to review the zoning changes. The consultant made a presentation to attendees and they could then look at a display and ask questions of staff.
Staff is working to incorporate public feedback. The proposed changes to the Zoning Code will then be brought to the Development Commission for a Public Hearing.
DEVELOPING A VILLAGE CENTER
- 2012 Village Center / TOD Plan
- 2017 Village Center Plan Update
- 2022 Draft Village Center Zoning Code
- HP VC Open House Boards
- Ontarioville Streetscape Flyer
- Ontarioville Towncenter Streetscape Improvements PPT
- Village Center Available Sites
- Village Center TOD Streetscape Concept Layout
- Village Center Zoning Code Open House
VILLAGE CENTER Planning Timeline
In 2010, Hanover Park adopted a Comprehensive Plan which identified the "Village Center-TOD" area as a well-planned, transit-oriented, mixed-use, compact development in Hanover Park.
In 2012, the Village in partnership with the RTA also completed and adopted the Hanover Park Village Center Transit-Oriented Development Plan.
In 2017, the TOD plan was further updated following input from several stakeholders including area business and property owners, transit agencies, developers, and residents at large.
In 2018, recommendations from these plans to acquire key parcels and burial of overhead utilities were implemented and streetscape improvements were designed in order to ‘jump-start’ development interest and attract private sector investment. (See Info Flyer) Additionally, the Village Center TIF District was amended to include the south commuter lots for redevelopment, and the life of the TIF was extended by 12 years.
In 2018 and 2019, the Village held community meetings to discuss the streetscape design concepts. A meetings was held on 5/17/18, where several business and property owners provided feedback and design was further developed. Business and property owners were also invited to another presentation on 2/7/19 regarding design concepts for the public parks and gathering spaces as well as proposed sidewalk improvements, landscaped areas, outdoor seating, special paving areas, lighting, other enhanced pedestrian facilities.
In 2020, the Streetscape improvements were constructed. The improvements were phased, starting with the burial of overhead utility wires.
In 2021, a ribbon cutting was held on June 23, 2021 for this newly designed civic space for community gatherings. Our 2021 Tree lighting event was held here!
In 2022, following feedback from the Development Commission, a draft document was prepared, and property and business owners were invited to an Open House on February 17, 2022 to provide feedback and ask questions.