In late April a public visioning workshop was held at Village Hall used to identify areas of need in the downtown. The workshop was developed using experiences that East Central staff has had in other communities whereby a very visual and creative set of questions and exercises is used to draw out thoughts, ideas, and concerns from the general public and place them in a context that will help further planning efforts for the downtown.
The overall goal of the workshop was to seek resident and user input/feedback which will be used to create a new, more detailed “master plan” for the downtown and Main Street corridor.
Approximately a total of 24 individuals ranging from downtown business owners and residents participated during the session. The event was structured as an “open house” style meeting with 6 different workstations each focusing on a different topics that directly or indirectly related to the downtown.The data is arranged by individual exercise with a description and analysis provided for each one. As summarized in the results, a number of areas of need were identified using maps and worksheets. The results will be presented to the Village Board and Plan Commission and pieces will be used in the Downtown Master Plan that is currently being drafted.