Evanston is gearing up to update its decade-old Comprehensive Plan used to guide local government planning decisions.

Evanston is gearing up to update its decade-old Comprehensive Plan used to guide local government planning decisions.

General Planner Craig Sklenar told the Plan Commission Wednesday night that city staffers are conducting research this summer and hope to begin open meetings in the fall for public comment on what the plan should include.

Sklenar presented a list of 12 priority issues he’s highlighted from the 2000 Comprehensive Plan that he believes need updating.

Environmental and financial sustainability are two topics which will receive more significant attention in this plan than the last, Sklenar said.

But, instead of starting from scratch, the city intends to improve on the 2000 version of the plan.

“It will reopen some issues that we looked at the last time but may have changed in the last 10 years,” Sklenar said.

Other priority issues include affordable transportation options, economic development and parking. More information will be available on the city’s website soon, Sklenar said.

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