Schaumburg may revise entire land-use plan March 27

  • High-end condo high-rises could be allowed in the now exclusively commercial area of Schaumburg south of Woodfield Mall, according to a proposed revision of the village's comprehensive land-use plan.

      High-end condo high-rises could be allowed in the now exclusively commercial area of Schaumburg south of Woodfield Mall, according to a proposed revision of the village's comprehensive land-use plan. Eric Peterson | Staff Photographer, January 2018

  • Pace's Northwest Transportation Center south of Woodfield Mall and just west of Streets of Woodfield could anchor the development of high-end condo high-rises, according to a proposed revision of Schaumburg's comprehensive land-use plan.

      Pace's Northwest Transportation Center south of Woodfield Mall and just west of Streets of Woodfield could anchor the development of high-end condo high-rises, according to a proposed revision of Schaumburg's comprehensive land-use plan. Eric Peterson | Staff Photographer, January 2018

  • Schaumburg Planning Manager Ryan Franklin, left, answers questions about the village's draft comprehensive plan from longtime residents Penny Woytek, from left, Karen and Bob Steffen, and Don Woytek at an open house last September.

      Schaumburg Planning Manager Ryan Franklin, left, answers questions about the village's draft comprehensive plan from longtime residents Penny Woytek, from left, Karen and Bob Steffen, and Don Woytek at an open house last September. Eric Peterson | Staff Photographer, September 2017

 
 
Updated 3/9/2018 5:01 PM

Schaumburg plan commissioners have recommended a revision to the village's 22-year-old comprehensive land-use plan by a 5-2 vote, sending it to the village board for final approval on Tuesday, March 27.

The commission's public hearing on the plan last Tuesday resulted in no changes to the draft document that was presented to it, Schaumburg Planning Manager Ryan Franklin said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The document had already been revised based on feedback village trustees provided at a committee of the whole meeting in January.

Among those changes was a specification that the new allowance of residential property near Pace's Northwest Transportation Center just west of the Streets of Woodfield shopping center should not include low-density development such as townhouses, but preferably upscale high-rise condos.

And the plan's map of community facilities was updated to include such amenities as the Schaumburg Regional Airport, Metra station, Olympic Park and Schaumburg Golf Club, which had previously been omitted.

But other such staff-recommended changes as prohibiting restaurant drive-thrus on Golf Road east of Meacham Road survived both trustees' and plan commissioners' review of the proposal.

Franklin said public turnout and comment at the hearing were strong, considering the comprehensive plan is a purely philosophical document. Several members of the business community were among those spoke about the proposed revisions.

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Though none of the comments at the hearing resulted in recommended changes to the plan, the document is already the product of a public-input process that began nearly two years ago, Franklin said.

One aspect of the plan -- comprising 225 acres of the former Motorola Solutions campus at the southwest corner of Algonquin and Meacham roads -- already received its final approval from the village board last month.

So great and immediate are the changes envisioned there, that that part would have had to be revised now even if it weren't time for the entire plan to be updated, officials said.

The former corporate campus is on track to become a self-contained community of offices, homes, stores, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues.

The current comprehensive plan has lasted about twice as long as originally intended. The pending changes envision the Schaumburg of 15 years in the future.

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