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4/5/2014 5:59:00 PM
Waterfront plan, green spaces key to Ottawa future

NT Staff

OTTAWA — The final presentation of the city of Ottawa’s comprehensive plan will be discussed a special plan commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 7 in the council chambers at 301 W. Madison St.

After several months of public and stakeholder meetings, the plan is in its final stages.

It includes an updated land use map, flood strategies and an implementation plan for a centerpiece of the city’s future vision, the riverfront development. The waterfront development not only calls for more facilities for river users and for park development in the floodplain, it also maps areas near the river and out of the floodplain for commercial and private development.

Last summer, the city hired the consultant team of Gingko Planning & Design, Hitchcock Design Group, HVC, Spaceco and North Central Illinois Council of Governments to update the 2002 comprehensive and downtown plan with a strong focus on the waterfront.

This plan is being funded by an $100,000 IKE Grant. These are federal funds administered by state for the purpose of helping impacted communities recover from the 2008 flooding caused by the very heavy rainfall generated when Hurricane Ike stalled above Illinois.

Gingko Planning and Design will present the plan.

Thoughts and comments still are welcome from the community.

For additional information, contact city planner Tami Huftel at (815) 433-0161 Ext. 40 or

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