Riverside residents interested in giving input on the latest attempt to craft a vision for the village’s downtown can do so at the first public meeting of the steering committee formed to provide direction to a planning effort by Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road, and will be one of the first venues for obtaining public input for the planning process, which will take about nine months.

The study is being funded through a federal grant as part of CMAP’s Technical Assistance Program, which was developed to implement the agency’s Go To 2040 regional comprehensive plan.

Following this first public meeting, the steering committee will be meeting with key stakeholders of the village and then compiling a report that will be delivered to the village board this summer.

Steering committee members include Paul Sterner of the Plan Commission, Eric Zuschlag of the Landscape Advisory Commission, Charles Pipal of the Preservation Commission, Mark Mieczkowski of the Economic Development Commission, Susan Casey of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Judith Cizek of the Historical Commission and David Moravecek of the Riverside Chamber of Commerce.

There will be other opportunities for public input after that report is completed. A final plan, including mechanisms for funding it, is expected to be completed in late 2012 and adopted by the village board in early 2013.