CHAPTER 4

 

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

ARTICLE I – PLAN COMMISSION

 

 

          4-1-1          ANNUAL AND LONG RANGE PLANS.  It is the policy of the Village to consider a comprehensive plan on a long range basis, as an official plan of the Village.  This plan will encourage the orderly development of the Village.  This plan will also assist in planning services to be provided by the Village.  This plan will be made public and will be made available to any person, firm or corporation and available to any municipal corporation or governmental agency interested in developing future plans.

 

 

          4-1-2          SCOPE OF PLANS.  The comprehensive plans for the entire Village will cover the following components:

          (A)               Urban development and neighborhood preservation.

          (B)               Transportation needs.

          (C)               Economic development.

          (D)               Human development.

          (E)               Recreation and cultural opportunities.

          (F)               Protection of persons and property.

          (G)               General government considerations.

          The subject matter to be addressed in each of these seven (7) categories need not be divided along the lines of the existing organization of the Municipality.  The purpose of planning is to address what can be the condition in the future, not merely to describe existing conditions.  Unless otherwise provided by ordinance, the items to be addressed in each of the seven (7) categories will be as follows:

          (A)               Urban Development and Neighborhood Preservation.  The study within this category will define the status of each neighborhood planning unit and will lay the foundation for details to be provided in the other six (6) categories.  Within this category the plan may suggest more than one possible development and preservation plan depending on the conditions faced in the particular neighborhood planning unit.  The type of population, the income level, the state of preservation of the area and the number of vacant buildings or vacant lots within the area will be examined and their significance assessed.

          (B)               Transportation.  Transportation will not only address streets and highways, parking and public transit but also place emphasis on alternatives such as bicycle movement and pedestrian movement.  Transportation available between cities for passengers and for packages and freight will also be considered.

          (C)               Economic Development.  This will include not only the present economic status of each neighborhood planning unit, but also the possibilities for future economic development.  Economic development will be broadly interpreted to include
real estate developments, attracting industry which may create jobs, and developing business or entertainment operations.

          (D)               Human Development.  This category will include a study of the ages and family incomes in each neighborhood planning unit and will include a study of any social needs, any poverty needs, any educational needs, that appear in the neighborhood.

          (E)               Recreation and Cultural Opportunities.  This will include all opportunities actually available in each neighborhood planning unit including not only those sponsored by the Village and by other public agencies but also those sponsored by private agencies and any profit making entities actually available.  In considering the availability of opportunities study will be made of the costs of any recreational and cultural opportunities in each neighborhood planning unit in connection with family incomes and ability to pay.

          (F)               Protection of persons and Property.  The plan will study any available information relating to crime in the area and the program will address means of controlling crime in the area.  These means may include but will not be limited to elimination of shrubs that may conceal criminal, immoral or any other anti-social activity, increased lighting in streets, alleys, parks and other public places and present and proposed methods of delivering police protection.  This study will also examine the effectiveness of neighborhood awareness groups whereby neighbors are encouraged to watch for possible burglaries.

          (G)               General Government.  This will include any item not covered by the foregoing items, including existing and proposed regulations passed by the Municipality and existing or proposed regulations passed by the Municipality and existing or proposed administrative organizational matters which may affect neighborhood planning units or which may affect city wide planning or be affected by city wide planning.

 

 

          4-1-3          NOTICES.  The Plan Commission staff will give notice of meetings as follows:

          (A)               Public Hearings for the Entire Village.  Notices will be given before any public hearing for the plan for the entire Village.

          (B)               Substantial Compliance Required.  No public hearing will be invalid merely because of the failure to send out one hundred percent (100%) of the notices required by this Section, if there has been substantial compliance with this Section.

          (C)               Provisions of the state laws on open meetings, notices and agendas, where applicable, shall also be followed.

 

 

          4-1-4           VILLAGE-WIDE PLAN.  The Comprehensive Plan Commission will hold public hearings and prepare a proposed plan for the entire Village.  The Commission will consider all information received at the public hearings on the plan for
the entire Village.  The action of the Commission will be a recommendation to the Village Board of Trustees, who may adopt the plan as presented, change the plan and adopt it as changed, or refer the plan back for more information.  If the plan is referred back for more information, there will be additional public hearings at the Village-wide level on the subject of the additional information.  Each such Village-wide plan, will, when adopted, be a part of the official plan of the Village.

 

 

          4-1-5          PLAN COMMISSION ESTABLISHED.

          (A)               The Village hereby creates the Noble Village Plan Commission pursuant to 65 ILCS 5/11-24-4, et seq., to consist of five (5) members to be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the Village Board of Trustees, one of which members to be the Chairman as designated by the Mayor.  Such members shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred as approved by the Village Board of Trustees.  The term of the member of the Plan Commission shall be for one (1) year or until their successors in office are appointed.

          (B)               The Plan Commission shall have such powers as provided in 65 ILCS 5/11-12-5 and such other powers as may be hereafter designated by the Village Board of Trustees.

 

(Ord. No. 96-549; 09-09-96)