Information provided by the Village of Kenilworth.
Kenilworth kicked off the village’s Regional Transportation Authority Planning Project on July 11, with the goal of improving Kenilworth’s commercial areas and the Green Bay Road Corridor.
The village received a $75,000 grant for the Corridor Transportation and Streetscape Plan, which will look at the movement of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists through the Green Bay Road Corridor, and their interface with train and bus lines.
The plan aims to provide a foundation for future infrastructure planning, land use and development decision-making, urban design, streetscape and wayfinding improvement as well as traffic and transit circulation enhancements in Kenilworth’s commercial areas and the Green Bay Road Corridor.
The RTA Planning Project is expected to happen over an eight to 10 month period and will include multiple public meetings and two planning workshops. The project will engage the community on several levels throughout the planning process, including workshops, meetings, open houses and through interactive web-based tools. An interactive project website linked to the Village’s website will be set up in the next few weeks.
The July 11 kick off meeting was an organizing meeting of the RTA Planning Grant Steering Committee and was held as part of the Kenilworth Plan Commission meeting.
At the meeting, planning consultant Houseal Lavigne Associates discussed roles and responsibilities, overview of study area, scope of work and planning process, communication plan and public outreach strategy, as well as project schedule, upcoming events and activities.
The members of the RTA Planning Grant Steering Committee are the Kenilworth Plan Commission, Kenilworth staff, RTA, Metra, Pace, Union Pacific Railroad, Illinois Department of Transportation, Sears School and Kenilworth Park District.
In March 2012, Kenilworth’s Plan Commission considered proposals from four consultant teams to work on the RTA Planning Project. The Plan Commission selected a team headed by planning firm Houseal Lavigne Associates. Houseal Lavigne’s team includes Gewalt Hamilton Associates engineers, Active Transportation Alliance, Altamanu designers, and OKW Architects.