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Avondale Neighborhood Group Looking For Volunteers To Create Community Improvement Plan

Volunteers will serve on the project’s steering committee and work together over two years to fine-tune the plan.

Sunlight graces storefront buildings on Milwaukee Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood in February.
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AVONDALE — The Avondale Neighborhood Association and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning need volunteers to help create the first Avondale Community Plan. 

Volunteers will serve on the project’s steering committee and work together over 24 months to fine-tune the plan. They will detail a number of potential changes, additions and improvements that could be made to the Avondale community.

The neighborhood plan will have concrete suggestions for policies regarding land use, economic development, housing, mobility, sustainability and building capacity and partnerships, according to the Avondale Neighborhood Association Facebook page.

The planning process will have multiple phases, including initial meetings and public outreach. 

Tasks that volunteers will assist with:

  • Reviewing existing neighborhood conditions and presenting a report.
  • Visioning workshops and focus groups with residents and local stakeholders.
  • Meeting with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the steering committee to discuss preliminary recommendations and implementation strategies.
  • Meeting with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and the steering committee to review the draft plan and discuss any revisions.
  • Possibly hosting community open houses for the 2023 draft plan.
  • Approving the plan.

In 2020, the Avondale Neighborhood Association was awarded the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Local Technical Assistance Grant to create a neighborhood plan. Additionally, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning will provide the association with staff to assist throughout the planning process.

People interested in volunteering for the steering committee are encouraged to fill out Avondale Neighborhood Association’s survey.

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