By Bob Uphues
The village of Brookfield will host its first public comprehensive planning workshop in order to gain resident input to help set village planning policy for the future. The workshop will be held Wednesday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber of the Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave.
The session will be moderated by consultants from Ratio Design, the firm chosen by the Brookfield and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to lead the comprehensive planning process, the first for Brookfield in more than a decade.
According to Lesley Roth, senior urban planner for Ratio Design, residents attending the workshop will learn about the planning process and then take part in interactive sessions where they'll discuss what they envision for Brookfield's future, laying out goals and objectives and celebrating past planning successes.
Other sessions at the workshop will focus on specific areas of the village, like Eight Corners and the downtown area to find out what residents would like to see happen in those places.
"We want to hear all of it," said Roth. "We're the technical experts with regard to planning, but community residents are the experts on the community. There has to be buy-in in order to make this work."
Results of the workshop will be posted on a website that's been created for the Brookfield comprehensive planning process, which can be found at www.ratiodesign.com/brookfieldcp.
An existing conditions report, based on earlier work by Ratio Design is already on the website and may be helpful for those who want to attend the public workshop on April 26.
There will be a second public workshop in the fall after Ratio Design completes a draft version of the comprehensive plan. The process will conclude in early 2018 when a final comprehensive planning document is adopted by the Brookfield Village Board.