The Route 53/120 Extension Project is moving forward. The land Use Committee is completing its work. Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is working with this Committee to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for establishing a Corridor Land Use Plan that would be developed with community and public input this fall. Contrary to what you may have seen in the media, the Plan does not in any way take away municipal zoning authority or circumvents or supersede local comprehensive plans. The Plan is for achieving open space goals in the IL 53 Corridor through collaboration and consensus, and for creating economic opportunity.
In July, County and municipal leaders voiced support for the IL Route 53 Extension to the Tollway Board, including 40 municipalities that represent 88% of Lake County’s population. Lake County, along with local mayors, and transportation and environmental stakeholders have been working with the Illinois Tollway on a plan for the extension that will reduce traffic congestion, provide opportunities for economic development, and protect open space and the environment.
The next step in the process is for the Tollway Board to begin engineering and environmental studies which will be under consideration by the Board later this fall. Finally, congratulations to recently appointed Tollway Board member and District 17 County Board Member Nick Sauer.
Further information on the Route 53/120 project can be found at www.ILRoute53.org. To view the Committee’s report, visit the “Construction/Planning” section of www.illinoistollway.com and select “Community Outreach.”