Niles 2040 Comprehensive Plan

General Information About the Niles 2040 Comprehensive Plan

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

The Comprehensive Plan serves as a road map for creating a resilient, well-designed, livable community that reflects the aspirations and values of its residents. It is a long-range policy framework to guide the Village in making informed decisions regarding land use, growth, capital improvements, and development decisions over the next twenty years that will have long-lasting impacts on how Niles grows and develops in the future. Notably as important, the Comprehensive Plan captures the community’s aspirations and goals to help communicate to private sector investors, local institutions, businesses, and residents.

Project Background

In late 2019, the Village of Niles began the RFP process for an updated Comprehensive Plan.  In March 2020, the Village Board formally approved the Lakota Group as the Village’s consultant for the project. Over the summer 2020, the Village held an application process and the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee (CPAC) was formed.  This group consisted of residents, Planning and Zoning Board members, and Village Trustees and was tasked with acting as a “sounding board” for the Village and the Lakota Group throughout the process.  Since that time, the Village and the CPAC worked off and on on the Niles 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Unfortunately, the project was disrupted numerous times due to the Covid-19 pandemic and staffing issues.  

Members of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee

Denise McCreery, Former Trustee (Co-Chair)

Craig Niedermaier, Trustee (Co-Chair)

Collin Baker, Resident

Mike DeSantiago, Resident

Tom Kanelos, Chair of the Planning and Zoning Board

Janet Lee, Resident

Joe Macchione, Resident

Dennis McEnerney, Resident

John Murphy, Resident

Scott O’Brien, Resident

The Planning Process

The planning process of the Niles 2040 Comprehensive Plan included three planning phases: the State of the Village (report can be found here), Community Visioning, and Final Plan/Implementation Strategy.

The Planning Process
Information about each of the phases listed above can be found below: