Whiteside County Comprehensive Plan and Development Ordinance COMPLETED!

After a little more than a year of work, Whiteside County has successfully adopted its first comprehensive plan!  County Board adopted the plan on July 15, 2014.

Also completed as of its adoption on August 19, 2014 is an overhaul of the County’s zoning and subdivision ordinances into a consolidated Development Code.  While there were many changes in format and organization, there were only a handful of policy changes and no changes to how property is zoned across the County.

All final documents have been posted to the DOCUMENTS page.

Questions about the Comprehensive Plan should be direct to Betty Steinert, Whiteside County Economic Development, bsteinert@whiteside.org, 772-5175.

Questions about the Development Code should be directed to Stuart Richter, Whiteside County Development, srichter@whiteside.org, 772-5175.

Public Hearing Draft Posted

The final draft of the Whiteside County Comprehensive Plan has been completed and posted to this site’s Documents page.

This draft is the version to be adopted by County Board, with any final edits requested by the Board prior to adoption.  This draft is substantially similar to the April and May drafts. Following review of those drafts at public meetings and by the Planning & Zoning Commission in May, there were a few minor policy changes, generally to clarify ambiguous language.

The County Board will have a public hearing on this final draft on Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 PM in the Whiteside County Law Enforcement Center in Morrison.  All comments are welcome.  The Board will introduce the plan for adoption at this meeting, and plans to adopt it at the July 15, 2014 meeting.

Comments about this draft can be shared at the June 17 public hearing, or directed to Betty Steinert, Whiteside County Economic Development, bsteinert@whiteside.org, 772-5175, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison, Il 61270.

Public Draft Review Meetings this Week

There are two public draft review meetings this week.  Tonight, May 6 at 6:30 pm in the Ryberg Auditorium in CGH Medical Center in Sterling, and Thursday, May 8 at 6:30 pm in the Odell Public Library in Morrison.

The complete final draft plan is available on the Documents page.  The newly-added Table of Contents and Executive Summary is a good place to start if looking for the first time.

The plan will be considered by Planning and Zoning Commission at their May 15 meeting, introduced to County Board on June 17, and considered for adoption on July 15.  The June 17 Board meeting will include a public hearing – comments are warmly welcomed.

Special Issue Workshops January 23rd and 24th

On Thursday, January 23rd, at 7:00 PM, residents interested in land use and development issues from across Whiteside County will be gathering to discuss future policy preferences.  The focus of the meeting will be the discussion of preferences and policy ideas that could help the County Board in their decisions to approve or deny development proposals in unincorporated parts of the county.  The meeting will be held at the Odell Public Library in Morrison and is expected to last 2 hours.

On Friday, January 24th, at  9:00 AM, residents interested in economic development issues from across the county are gathering to discuss initiative and collaboration opportunities to spur job creation in Whiteside County.  this meeting will be held in th e Rock Falls City Council Chamber and is also expected to last 2 hours.

Any interested resident is encouraged to attend either or both of these meetings.

This Whiteside Workshop Invitation describes the sessions in more detail.

Citizen Survey and Public Meetings – Share your thoughts!

The planning process is now in full swing, and we are seeking input from anyone and everyone across Whiteside County.

There will be two public meetings to hear about the process and offer your concerns and ideas for the future.

  • Thursday, October 10th in the Whiteside County Board Room, located in the Whiteside County Law Enforcement Center, 400 N. Cherry St., Morrison
  • Wednesday, October 16th in the Ryberg Auditorium, located in CGH Medical Center Hospital, 100 E. LeFevre, Sterling.

These meetings are similar, you can attend just one.  Both locations are handicap accessible.  Doors will open at 6:15 pm.  The meetings will include a brief introduction of the planning process shortly after 6:30 pm, and facilitated activities to get feedback on important topics including land use and development, transportation, economic development, housing, agriculture and natural hazards.

The County has also created a citizen survey to collect opinions on a range of topics.  The survey has been mailed to 6,000 county households (delivery anticipated on October 10) and is available here online through the end of October.

All residents are encouraged to take the survey.

About the Comprehensive Plan

Whiteside County is creating a Comprehensive Plan, a plan that will guide land use and growth for the next 20 years.  The plan will also address economic development, natural resources and hazards,agriculture, housing, transportation, and public facilities and services.  The planning process, which begins in August of 2013 and concludes in June of 2014, is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Residents and other stakeholders are encouraged to take part in this process.  While policy initiatives will more focus primarily on land and services outside the County’s cities and villages, most topics affect all parts of the County, incorporated and unincorporated, and all County residents are considered stakeholders and are encouraged to participate.  Participation opportunities include a citizen survey to be released in September 2013, and public meetings, dates TBD.

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