Rockton seeks members for committee to update Comprehensive Plan

Staff Report

ROCKTON, Illinois — The Village of Rockton’s Planning Commission recently agreed to begin the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. The current plan, created by Madison, Wisconsin-based urban planning consultants Vandewalle & Associates, was created in 2000 and approved by the village in 2001. The bulk of the update will be completed internally by the village’s Planning Department and Comprehensive Plan Committee, with oversight provided by the Planning Commission.

Dale Adams, mayor of the Village since 2001, said, “An updated Comprehensive Plan will provide us with a current vision for progress as we balance residential and commercial growth.”

The Village Planning Department is now accepting inquiries from Rockton stakeholders interested in serving on the 10-member Comprehensive Plan Committee. The ideal committee would be composed of stakeholders representing the varied interests and issues concerning the village, such as schools, housing, economic development and recreation. The committee is predicted to complete the plan update in approximately one year.

Interested stakeholders should contact the Planning & Development administrator by Dec. 19.

Comprehensive Plan Committee members are expected to be approved by the Planning Commission at its Jan. 13, 2015, meeting.

About comprehensive plans

Comprehensive plans are used as a tool to plan the future growth and evolution of a community, particularly as it relates to the local economic prosperity, housing, recreation and schools. They can also be referred to as land-use or future land-use plans as they address particular issues with land use and zoning, including: the compatibility issues between various uses of land; management and preservation of natural resources; identification and preservation of historically significant lands and structures; and adequate planning for infrastructure needs.

To learn more about this plan update, contact Patricia Diduch, AICP, Planning & Development administrator, Village of Rockton, at 110 E. Main St., Illinois 61072; by phone at (815) 624-0935; or by email to

Posted Dec. 10, 2014

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