Pre-pandemic Photo

Pre-pandemic Photo 

The village of Minooka, in partnership with the urban planning and design firm Houseal and Lavigne, hosted a virtual community workshop last week to get input on updating its comprehensive plan. 

A comprehensive plan is a tool used by a municipality to help guide future development and activity. Nearly 20 people attended the community workshop, which was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Matt Reed of U.S. Cold Storage spoke of how tight-knit the community is and how it draws people to do business in town. He said the village views the company as a key “factor” in the community and encourages it to participate in the planning process.

Angie Robinson of Cookies Restaurant gave kudos to the village’s public works department for everything it does for businesses in the downtown area. “The lights are wonderful,” she said. “They’ve helped tremendously. I think things have come a long way.”

Village Administrator Dan Duffy brought up the idea of music potentially giving new life to the downtown area. Robinson said she likes how the downtown area has evolved over the years. Minooka has its share of challenges, too.

Robinson spoke of how there’s an issue with space and parking in the downtown area. The village intends to look into the matter, officials said.

Reed said it’s clear that the village is trying to address infrastructure needs. He said the company has received its share of complaints from residents about truck traffic.

“Slowly but surely we’re getting that infrastructure there,” Reed said. “It has been lagging.” Several made mention of how the village has grown over the years with a rise in new development.

Christina Van Yperen of the Minooka-Channahon Chamber of Commerce said that as Minooka grows north of I-80, she hopes people will not forget there’s more to the village than the businesses along Ridge Road.

The village’s comprehensive plan update is expected to be ready in draft form by February 2021.  Officials intend to use the information gathered during the virtual community workshop to help inform the village’s future planning.

The village board could give consideration to adopting the comprehensive plan update in September 2021.