WAUKEGAN ACTIVE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

CLIENT

CITY OF WAUKEGAN

LOCATION

WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS

 

SERVICES

WATERFRONT MASTER PLANNING, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Waukegan Active Implementation Plan

The City of Waukegan, just forty miles north of Chicago, offers a lakefront with parks and a public beach, a recently renovated public marina, and abundant natural spaces. The City commissioned a Master Plan in 2003 to guide development of the downtown and lakefront. However, after over a decade and despite clean-up of much of the industrial contamination once present in Waukegan, many of the action items of this Master Plan have yet to be implemented.

 

In July of 2015, the City of Waukegan, in cooperation with the Waukegan Park District and Waukegan Port District and with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Illinois Coastal Management Program, tasked Edgewater Resources with the creation of an Active Implementation Plan to realize the vision of the original Master Plan. In order to develop a Plan with broad community support, the Active Implementation Plan included a significant public input component, including public meetings and workshops, stakeholder interviews, a visual preference survey, a project website, and Facebook communication in both English and Spanish.

 

The resulting Lakefront Active Implementation Plan contains a thorough inventory and analysis of existing lakefront conditions and provides a framework of economically viable and fully-implementable action item recommendations to help fulfill the vision of the original Master Plan. Under a separate contract with the City of Waukegan, Edgewater Resources, is currently drafting a Beach Management Plan for the City, one of the high-priority action items from the Implementation Plan which will help balance recreational use and habitat preservation within Waukegan’s public beaches.

Waukegan Active Implementation Plan

The City of Waukegan, just forty miles north of Chicago, offers a lakefront with parks and a public beach, a recently renovated public marina, and abundant natural spaces. The City commissioned a Master Plan in 2003 to guide development of the downtown and lakefront. However, after over a decade and despite clean-up of much of the industrial contamination once present in Waukegan, many of the action items of this Master Plan have yet to be implemented.

 

In July of 2015, the City of Waukegan, in cooperation with the Waukegan Park District and Waukegan Port District and with funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through the Illinois Coastal Management Program, tasked Edgewater Resources with the creation of an Active Implementation Plan to realize the vision of the original Master Plan. In order to develop a Plan with broad community support, the Active Implementation Plan included a significant public input component, including public meetings and workshops, stakeholder interviews, a visual preference survey, a project website, and Facebook communication in both English and Spanish.

 

The resulting Lakefront Active Implementation Plan contains a thorough inventory and analysis of existing lakefront conditions and provides a framework of economically viable and fully-implementable action item recommendations to help fulfill the vision of the original Master Plan. Under a separate contract with the City of Waukegan, Edgewater Resources, is currently drafting a Beach Management Plan for the City, one of the high-priority action items from the Implementation Plan which will help balance recreational use and habitat preservation within Waukegan’s public beaches.

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