Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force

Recent Developments


On Tuesday, February 16, 2016, the Village Board will be considering a report and recommendation from the Plan Commission regarding a proposed master plan for the Northwest Quadrant in the Village Center.

The Deerfield Plan Commission, a recommending body to the Board of Trustees, will hold a public hearing on January 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Village Hall in the Robert Franz Council Chambers, 850 Waukegan Road, to consider an amendment to the Deerfield Comprehensive Plan (an advisory document that guides land use decisions) for a Master Plan for the Northwest Quadrant of the Village Center.
Northwest Quadrant drawing with buildings and people in a park setting

History


In 2013, the Village Board of Trustees appointed the Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force in order to create a Master Plan for the northwest quadrant of the Village Center for the benefit of the entire community. The Northwest Quadrant Task Force consisted of all of the major stakeholders in the northwest quadrant. The task force provided the direction to develop the master plan for the northwest quadrant of the Village Center. The northwest quadrant master plan provides a conceptual framework for recommended improvements to enhance the northwest quadrant of the Village Center for the benefit of the community. The task force sent their report to the Village Board of Trustees on August 5, 2013. The Board of Trustees accepted that report and directed Village staff to continue discussions with a couple of the stakeholders, the First Presbyterian Church and Joy Fiorini.

March 19, 2013 Open House


Please plan to join us for an open house on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Robert D. Franz Council Chambers on the second floor of Village Hall located at 850 Waukegan Road. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide input on the Master Plan for the Northwest Quadrant of the Village Center. The format of the public open house will begin with a presentation of the design process and the alternatives studied.

View the recent article in the March/April issue of D-Tales (PDF) which explains the background of the Task Force and their activities through the end of 2012.

Since January 2013, the consultant team and staff have met with the following entities: Park District staff, the Park District Board, Library Board, First Presbyterian Church staff, First Presbyterian Church Session, and the American Legion representatives to further gain their input and answer their questions.

View the Concept Master Plan Option D (PDF) shown at the Task Force’s November 28, 2012 meeting, and the Revised Concept Master Plan Option D-1 which was modified based on input from the Park District staff, Church staff, and American Legion and used in discussions with the Park District Board, Library Board, and Church Session.

Open house attendees will be encouraged to share their comments and input. After all the input has been gathered, the Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force will regroup after the March 19 public open house to work toward a final Master Plan.

Background of Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force


Last year the Board of Trustees authorized the creation of the Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force. Trustee Tom Jester was appointed as Chairman. The Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force consists of 17 members and 2 staff members. The Task Force is made up of all of the major stakeholders in the quadrant including the Park District, Library, Village, Presbyterian Church, AT&T, the commercial property owners, and Chairmans of the Plan Commission, VCDC, ARC, and a member of the Sustainability Commission. The Northwest Quadrant of the Village Center currently suffers from a lack of pedestrian friendliness, disconnected parking lots, a disjointed roadway/circulation system, a lack of adequate space for safe drop offs for children’s day care, and a general lack of a unified campus.

The purpose of the Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force was to bring together the stakeholders to study the northwest quadrant and develop a Master Plan for the entire quadrant. As the majority of property in the northwest quadrant is public lands, the Task Force believes that property lines should not be a consideration in developing a Master Plan. The Master Plan will ignore property lines so a campus setting can be developed to better serve our community. The Task Force also stayed within the current Comprehensive Plan that advises no further commercial development be allowed in the Northwest Quadrant.

The Task Force held three meetings, in February, March, and April of 2012. The first meeting was an introductory meeting and the next two meetings were workshop meetings. The workshop meetings helped the Task Force to define the issues, develop a list of items they would like to see accomplished, and establish a vision and the goals for the Northwest Quadrant. The summary of the Task Force’s workshop meetings, their vision and goals for the Northwest Quadrant, and their minutes can be viewed below.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Design Services


After the completion of the Task Force’s goals and visioning process in April, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was sent to ten qualified design firms to assist the Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force in the creation of a Master Plan for the Northwest Quadrant. Seven design firms submitted responses to the RFQ. A subcommittee of the Task Force interviewed the four qualified finalist firms and selected Teska Associates as the firm to design the Master Plan for the Northwest Quadrant. The design team selected consists of Teska Associates, Hitchcock Design Group, Gewalt Hamilton, and Bondy Studios. On August 20, 2012, the Board of Trustees approved Teska Associates as consultant for design services to assist the Northwest Quadrant Unified Task Force to create a Master Plan for the northwest quadrant of the Village Center.

Master Plan for the Northwest Quadrant - Fall 2012 and Winter 2013


The creation of a Master Plan for the quadrant will result a comprehensive design plan. This Master Plan document will serve as a guide for the Northwest Quadrant that will be implemented over the next 20 years when public institutions and land owners in the Northwest Quadrant make improvements to their properties. All property owners, both public and private, will still be required to go through the Village’s zoning approval process as they make improvements to their property. The creation of a Master Plan for the quadrant does not waive the future zoning approval process as each property in the Northwest Quadrant will be required to obtain zoning approval of their projects. The Master Plan will serve as a detailed guide when each public entity/property owner in the quadrant makes improvements to their property in the future.