Antioch seeks public input on multi-use trail project
By Diana Kuyper Special to The News-Sun September 25, 2012 6:50PM
Updated: October 27, 2012 6:09AM
ANTIOCH — A meeting to solicit suggestions from residents about a proposed multi-use trail plan is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Antioch Area Senior Center, 87 Holbeck Drive.
The session will feature electronic keypad polling in which participants indicate the issues they want to address in planning for the future lifestyle corridor that will connect destinations throughout Antioch and beyond.
“Public input is integral to shaping the direction of the corridor and community planning and investments. We offer this event to gather input, but we will welcome comments throughout the process,” said Dustin Nilsen, director of planning and zoning.
Nilsen said future public meetings will be scheduled as the project takes shape, “but we encourage participation early so that we develop consensus on the direction the project will take.”
The village is in the first of three phases in the year-long planning process facilitated by Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). The first phase is analysis of the existing conditions within the community using information gathered through interviews, steering committee meetings, the public kick-off meeting Oct. 9 and any subsequent public sessions, review of previous studies and collection of maps and data.
Phase two will focus on creating strategies for Antioch’s lifestyle corridor plan. The final phase will create the lifestyle corridor plan document containing policies, programs, and action steps to implement the plan.
The lifestyle corridor could connect the Depot Street bike path, downtown Antioch, the Metra station, schools and Tiffany Road bike path to regional trails, including Kenosha County north of the state line on Trevor Road, Raven Glen and other Forest Preserve property on the eastern portion of the village, and to a future bike and pedestrian path that would be tied into improvements on Route 173 east to Route 41 to connect to the Des Plaines River Trail. “We are looking at this in a regional context,” said Nilsen.
Last month, CMAP planners met with a local steering committee, including Lake County Storm Water Management and Fox Waterway Agency, and representatives from the grade and high school districts, residents and the village public works and parks departments. The Illinois League of Bicyclists has also been asked for suggestions.
CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant and is helping 70 local municipalities and other organizations in a seven-county region develop comprehensive plans and projects addressing housing, water, transit and overall sustainability.
More information about the Antioch project is on the Web site www.cmap.illinois.gov/antioch.