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Plans and Studies

On This Page:    Comprehensive Plan        "Homes for a Changing Region" Housing Study    2012 Irving Park Corridor Study
                         Village Center Plan         DuPage County Lake Street Corridor Study

The following are a compilation of the planning projects and studies that the Village of Hanover Park has undertaken, in order to ensure the Village's constant motion towards progress and betterment of residents quality of life and services.


Comprehensive Plan   Top^

The Planning and Economic Development Division is responsible for administering and implementing the long-range land use planning goals for the Village of Hanover Park. 

The Division reviews plans for proposed developments and administers related land use regulations by utilizing these long-range planning goals.  Key reference information is provided via the Village's Comprehensive Plan, which was approved in August, 1998 and updated in 2010. 

The Comprehensive Plan provides the long-range goals for land use and community facilities for the entire Village.  While the Comprehensive Plan reflects many existing land uses, it also designates many of the remaining vacant portions of the Village for commercial and business park uses. Click on the image to view this plan.


Village Center Plan  -> **2017 Village Center Plan Update**      Top^

The Village of Hanover Park has been striving towards the development of a Village Center to accomplish the following goals:
  • To create a focal point and community gathering place for all residents and visitors;
  • To significantly expand economic development opportunities in the Village, especially around transportation centers; and
  • To increase transportation options for all residents.
To accomplish these goals, the Village Center Plan focuses on the use of Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) to:
  • Account for changing economic and market conditions;
  • Address lifestyle and housing choices; and
  • To create a dynamic Village Center with direct access to multiple modes of transportation.
Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is the functional integration of land use and transit via the creation of compact, walkable, mixed-use communities within walking distance of a transit stop or station. A TOD brings together people, jobs, and services designed in a way that makes it efficient, safe, and convenient to travel on foot or by bicycle, transit, or car. 

To learn more about this plan, click on the image at the right. To view the 2017 Village Center Plan Update, click here.
"Homes for a Changing Region" Housing Study   Top^

      The Village of Hanover Park has partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency
for Planning (CMAP), Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC) and the Metropolitan Planning
Council (MPC), to look at existing housing conditions, trends, supply and demand, and
develop a long-term housing policy plan.  The study is called Homes  for a Changing
and is funded by CMAP at no cost to the Village.
      A website has been set up to keep residents informed and involved, and to obtain
feedback.  You can get more information about the study, view all documents, take a
survey, provide input, and stay informed about next steps at this link

Updates from this Study:
  •  A community Assessment Report has been completed.
  • On November 30, 2015, a Community Workshop was held.
    • Presentation was made about national, regional and local housing trends that will shape housing in the community over the next 30 years
    • Feedback was received from attendees regarding what they like most and least about their neighborhoods/community, the most important housing challenges and opportunities in Hanover Park, and what was still missing, to help guide recommendations for the future.
    • A visual preference survey was taken, and results have been posted.
  • Based upon feedback received (and continuous input is still available via the website), recommendations will be made and presented.
  • Visual preference survey and feedback can still be provided via the website, and results will be incorporated with input received previously.
 Please check the website for updates and any upcoming meetings/presentations.


DuPage County Lake Street Corridor Study    Top^

     While most of the land within DuPage County lies within municipal boundaries, significant unincorporated areas remain. The focus of this project will be to create an “unincorporated land use plan” for those unincorporated areas surrounding Roosevelt Road (from I-355 east to County line) and Lake Street (from I-355 west to County line).

In an effort to reinvigorate the planning process, DuPage County decided to focus its efforts on unincorporated parcels, given their more immediate impact on providing services and addressing zoning policies regarding development.

The overall purpose of this corridor study is to create a set of land use, development, and policy guidelines that will promote and influence development along the Lake Street Corridor. This study also strove to advance the four core tenets of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's (CMAP) GO TO 2040 Plan:

  • Livable Communities
  • Human Capital
  • Efficient Governance
  • Regional Mobility

This corridor was broken down into seven sub-categories extending from the I-355/I-290 Interchange to the County Farm Road/Lake Street intersection. Each sub-planning area represents a cluster of unincorporated areas along the corridor and embodies the distinct characteristics that emphasize the diverse conditions, issues, and opportunities throughout the Study Area.

To learn more about this study, click on the image at the right. 



2012 Irving Park Corridor Study    Top^
During the summer of 2012, a panel of 11 land use and development professionals toured the Irving Park Road Corridor area and conducted an extensive review. Staff and study participants held one-on-one interviews and four public meetings to reach out to over 150 residents, businesses, and property owners for their feedback.
Final recommendations for the Irving Park Road Corridor Study have been released, outlining ways to improve the area. Recommendations are centered on three goals:
·         Support existing successful businesses
·         Attract new businesses
·         Bring more people into the Village to shop
Specific steps for improvement include adding streetscape, reconfiguring parking lots, and facilitating bike and pedestrian access. The Panel also recommended vacant retail areas, such as the area around the old Menard’s, be permitted to redevelop into new uses such as recreational, community services, or senior housing. Staff is identifying specific next steps based upon these recommendations.
This study was made possible by a grant from CMAP (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning) and performed by ULI Chicago (Urban Land Institute).