Look around the Town and it’s clear that Normal and Normalites excel at innovation!
While celebrating over 150 years of Normal-ity, the community is also adapting to the new century and new realities. In just a few years, the community has revitalized Uptown Normal while navigating shifts in institutions, commerce, and expectations. PlanIt Normal—the rewrite to the Comprehensive Plan since mid 1990's and last updated in 2005—will help the community continue that pattern. The planning process, which began in August 2015 and is scheduled for completion in fall 2017, will establish an enduring vision and serve as a blueprint for translating that vision into reality.
The first two phases of the planning process, the existing conditions analysis and the visioning process, are now complete. See About for more on the comprehensive plan process, and use the Reports dropdown at the top of the page to see the deliverables from the two completed phases.
Phase 1, Existing Conditions, culminated in the Community Snapshot and Outreach Report. Section 1 of the report, the Community Snapshot, is a detailed assessment of the Town’s existing land use patterns, demographic and economic trends, current initiatives, past plans, and other information and analysis that help identify current strengths and potential future challenges. Section 2, the Outreach Report, is the product of months of outreach activities, including a community survey that received over 1,700 responses and interviews with more than 40 critical agencies and organizations.
Phase 2, the Visioning process, was led by the Town of Normal's Vision Committee, a team of engaged Normal residents selected by Mayor Chris Koos to steer the Town's semi-decadal Vision Report. The Town of Normal 2040 Vision establishes eight Core Values and an overall vision statement to shape the Town's growth and development between now and 2040. If the Community Snapshot and Outreach Report is the empirical foundation of the final plan— the document that tells us how things are today—the Vision is the normative foundation. The Vision guides us in determining how Normal should evolve over the next two and a half decades.
Although the community outreach phase is complete, and the final planning phase has begun, we want you to remain engaged in this process. This website is your guide to the rest of the visioning and the planning effort. Check back here for all things Comprehensive Plan. Events, meeting schedules, publications and opportunities for you to get involved will all be posted on this site. Also be sure to share your thoughts using the form at the bottom of this page, or on Facebook or Twitter (see the social media links below).