The Project Team presented the Final Master Plan recommendations to the Park District Board and to the City Council in September 2015. Both agencies approved the Final Master Plan update.
The Active River Task Force continues to be active as part of the River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles. Their attention is now focused on implementation of the Master Plan recommendations.
The River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles commissioned a team of planning, design and market experts led by Hitchcock Design Group (HDG) to engage the community and update the 2002 River Corridor Plan. The intent was to identify potential infrastructure and program changes within and adjacent to the Fox River that may leverage the river as an active community asset, by enhancing the recreational, ecological and economic impact of the river.
The consultant team and the Active River Task Force followed a three stage process starting with the Opportunity Analysis, which identified the issues and most promising strategies to meet the economic, mobility and appearance objectives for the river corridor based on the characteristics of the existing marketplace, its natural, physical, cultural and financial resources, and the interests of a variety of related stakeholders. This phase included key stakeholder interviews and a public workshop. The community was encouraged to participate in the process and the public workshop.
Next, during the Preferred Strategy phase, the consultant team created consensus on an overall positioning strategy, the most promising private sector business and development opportunities, the most promising public sector improvement opportunities, and preliminary implementation recommendations for public policy, capital and operational improvements. The consultant team worked closely with the Active River Task Force to refine the most promising concepts into a single Framework Plan. Simultaneously a variety of active river concepts were developed as part of the Urban Character Illustrations. This phase also included a Public Open House to showcase the preferred Framework and Urban Character Illustrations, and receive public comment.
In the Final Vision Plan phase, the consultant team detailed the market-supported, tangible and prioritized step-by-step Implementation Actions and documented their recommendations in a Final Report. The final recommendations were then presented to the Foundation, Park District, and City Boards and Commissions.
Project Kick-off: April 8, 2015
Community Workshop: May 20, 2015
Framework Plan: June 2015
Character Illustrations: July 2015
Public Open House: July 7, 2015
Joint Park District / City Council Presentation: July 23, 2015
Final Vision Plan
Final Vision Plan Report: August 2015
Presentations to Boards and Commissions: September 2015
Current project documents will be posted here as they become available.
Documents are posted in PDF format.
Active River Task Force Members
John Rabchuk, Chairman
Chris Adesso, Vice Chairman, City of St. Charles Public Works
Holly Cabel, St. Charles Park District
John Wessel, St. Charles Park District
Bob Carne, St. Charles Park District
Monica Meyers, Kane County Forest Preserve
Matt O’Rourke, City of St. Charles Economic Development
Tony Zehnder, Communications