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We Need Your Help! Public Input Needed for the Community Revitalization Plan

 

After two years of knocking on doors, holding public meetings, and surveying residents, the Community Revitalization Plan (CRP) for the Near Northside, Near Southside, and East Bluff neighborhoods is nearly complete. Intended as a blueprint that provides an overview of what residents want to see, the CRP will serve as a guide for elected officials and City staff when considering opportunities for growth or investment in the Near Northside, Near Southside, and East Bluff neighborhoods.

Starting in 2019, Community Development staff walked door-to-door working with community partners and social agencies to gather feedback in the Near Northside, Near Southside, and East Bluff neighborhoods. In late 2019 and early 2020, the city of Peoria hosted multiple public meetings to present preliminary results from survey and interview responses. The goal for this outreach effort was to listen to concerns and understand what residents want to increase housing quality and affordability, job opportunities, and sense of community. Now that the draft Community Revitalization Plan (CRP) document has been created, the city of Peoria Community Development Department needs your help to ensure that all themes and goals have been captured to guide future projects and investments in these neighborhoods.

Residents and other stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft CRP at a series of three virtual meetings co-hosted by the Community Development Department and Emily Mueller from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA). The public is invited to attend any of the virtual meetings accessible through this Zoom link: Virtual CRP Zoom Meeting. or by dialing 312-626-6799, passcode 980195. Space is limited. The meetings will also be live streamed to the City’s YouTube channel.

East Bluff, Monday, April 5th, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Near Northside, Wednesday, April 7th, 6:00 to 7:00 PM 

Near Southside, Thursday, April 8th, 6:00 to 7:00 PM 

Discussion will focus on the goals and recommendations found on pages 165-169 of the plan. These pages represent the outcomes of the survey, interviews, and data collected for the plan. The entire draft plan can be accessed via this link: Community Revitalization Plan.

Input received at these meetings will be sent to the Planning and Zoning Commission before it is sent to City Council. If a resident is unable to attend a meeting but would like to submit written input on any of the neighborhoods included in the CRP, please email Kerilyn Weick, Senior Urban Planner at kweick@peoriagov.org.  Questions may also be directed to Kerilyn Weick at 309-494-8600.

 

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