Downtown Lisle Master Plan

On January 21, 2019 the Village of Lisle Village Board passed an ordinance adopting the 2018 Downtown Lisle Master Plan and establishing it as the official comprehensive land use plan for the downtown area.  The Downtown Lisle Master Plan will serve as the Village’s official guide for development in the downtown, providing a blueprint to direct growth, investment, development, and redevelopment in the downtown area over the next ten years. The collective vision captured by the plan includes the establishment of definitive goals and identifies strategies and actions to achieve those goals. 

Plan Highlights

The Vision Statement and Guiding Principles describe Downtown Lisle as it will be in the year 2028. It is a future “retrospective” and records the projects, improvements, and developments that have been undertaken since the Downtown Lisle Master Plan was adopted in 2018. The Vision Statement establishes focus and direction for the Plan and provides an overview of its recommendations. It expresses ideas and concepts that cannot be shown on maps or in illustrations.

Land Use and Development, Downtown Lisle has the foundation for a thriving neighborhood, with a Metra station and a pedestrian-scaled Main Street. More recent developments are improving its desirability as a place to live and do business. This chapter presents recommendations for development and redevelopment within Downtown Lisle to continue this momentum, making it a destination. The recommendations are based on an assessment of existing conditions and market potential, input from residents, and best planning practices.

Economic Development, this portion of the plan covers economic development issues and opportunities and the direct factors that contribute to its growth and decline. It includes recommendations to address those issues and utilize those opportunities to spur economic growth and improve its vitality throughout the entire Village.

Implementation and Action Matrix; The Downtown Master Plan sets forth a “road map” for the next ten years. Implementation of the master plan includes both short- and long-term objectives, and will require strategic budgeting and project prioritization. The Downtown Lisle Master Plan includes numerous policy, project, and strategy recommendations. The Action Matrix  summarizes the key actions the Village can undertake to achieve the community vision. It also establishes the anticipated time frame, partnerships, and general cost of each action.

Project History:

On September 20, 2016, the Village of Lisle kicked off the process of creating a new Downtown Lisle Master Plan, which will serve as a blueprint to direct growth, investment and development in the downtown area over the next ten years.  Since the 1999 Master Plan was created, many Master Plan recommended projects have been completed and downtown conditions have changed.
The Village engaged the services of planning firm Houseal Lavigne to guide the downtown planning process and worked with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to conduct a downtown parking study and Parking Management Plan.

The planning process ensured the recommendations in the Downtown Lisle Master Plan were representative of the community it will serve by involving residents, businesses, property owners, students, and numerous other stakeholders.  Further, the Downtown Plan Advisory Committee, the Economic Development Commission, and the Village Board of Trustees collaborated to shape the direction of the Plan.

On November 28, 2018 the Lisle Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the November 28, 2018 Draft Downtown Lisle Master Plan.  The Draft Downtown Lisle Master Plan was presented to the Village Board at the Committee of the Whole on December 17, 2018, and again on January 3, 2019.