Joliet City Council members are looking for more information before they authorize a firm to work on the city’s first comprehensive land development plan in six decades.
Director of Planning Michael Schwarz told the council last week that a little longer won’t hurt the process, which has been estimated to take as long as two years.
“It’s been 60 years since we’ve done a citywide plan,” Schwarz told the Land Use and Legislative Committee. “I don’t mind waiting until you’ve had adequate time to vet this firm.”
A vote to hire RATIO, an international design and planning firm, to develop a comprehensive plan at a cost of $249,000, was put on hold July 2 when some council members wanted to see examples of the firm’s work.
The RATIO contract will be on hold a bit longer because the firm representative for Joliet was not available for the land-use committee last week.
“I just want to see what they have done,” council member Jan Quillman said at the committee meeting. “Show me what they have done, and we have been waiting for two months.”
Quillman first asked for an example of RATIO’s work at the May 2 meeting of the committee.
Schwarz said a RATIO representative would be at the next committee meeting.
A comprehensive plan would be designed to guide future land development citywide. Joliet has plans for certain sections of the city, but not all and some are outdated.
While council members said they want to see concrete results from RATIO’s previous work, interim City Manager Steve Jones cautioned that a good plan could go unused if a city ignores it.
But committee chairman Terry Morris said he “hopes that they don’t give us a plan that we can’t accomplish.”