How will you involve ward residents in planning?

Neighborhood Development

Currently, there are several civic groups that exist within the 18th ward to provide residents
with opportunities to organize and put forth strategies to help improve its public safety,
economic development, and beautification. As Alderman, I plan to encourage more
residents to take part in such organizations by promoting their meetings and events in a
monthly newsletter sent from my office to the entire community. I will also go further by
creating an interactive website that links with social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) to
inform more residents of what’s going on within their ward, and how they can become
more involved in community initiatives. I believe that in order to reach this modern
generation, all Aldermen must find creative ways of linking together their residents’ home
community with their online community.

We are very inclusive in all planning and development projects, small, big and in between. Using Devon Avenue as an example, we have hosted nearly a dozen community meetings and more involving business owners. Residents and business owners were an important part of the decision making process, from where to install street furniture to how and when the project should start and finish. I brought in department heads from the City of Chicago, as well as the Mayor, so residents could speak with them directly about the scope and impact of the project. Our Special Service Area members and Chamber of Commerce were involved as well. All stakeholders continue to be a part of the redevelopment of this critical business district.
It is only fair that the people who are impacted by planning and development are heard when it comes to various projects and, more that just heard, their voices affect and dictate the outcomes of these meetings. All zoning changes in the 50th Ward require a community meeting.

I think there will be a combination of solutions involved in preventing back door patronage but the
best safeguard would be supporting unions and negotiating in good faith so that neither side is
back into corners.

I would form a better partnership with residents for soliciting advice in ward planning
decisions. Through town halls, public forums and even new tools like web conferences,
virtual meetings, and conference calls, useful feedback can be attained.

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I hope to create an 18th Ward advisory committee that will hold monthly meetings to inform
residents of upcoming legislation and community economic development projects.

As alderman I will institute a ward-wide planning process to include residents, community
associations, businesses and chambers of commerce to establish the direction of ward
development. I will review all ward TIFs for how the money has been used, how effective it has
been and what the potential is to be effective. If a TIF can still be effective I will convene a
master planning process to define exactly how the community wants to see the money spent
and what direction growth will take. I will establish a Zoning Advisory Committee to review and
assist how zoning decisions are made in the ward and I will establish Participatory Budgeting as
noted above

Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Public forums, meetings and discussion
groups

As Alderman, I will be as transparent and open as possible when discussing future planning for
the Ward. With my leadership, every resident of the 46th Ward will have an equal voice in
planning and zoning of development projects. I will hire someone with experience in urban
planning, who will be responsible for ensuring that proper communication channels are being
initiated with citizens on planning issues within the Ward.

As alderman I will institute a ward-wide planning process to include residents, community
associations, businesses and chambers of commerce to establish the direction of ward
development. I will review all ward TIFs for how the money has been used, how effective it has
been and what the potential is to be effective. If a TIF can still be effective I will convene a
master planning process to define exactly how the community wants to see the money spent
and what direction growth will take. I will establish a Zoning Advisory Committee to review and
assist how zoning decisions are made in the ward and I will establish Participatory Budgeting as
noted above.

Forty-ninth ward residents have been
involved every step of the way with respect to all long-range planning efforts. Immediately upon
assuming office in 1991, I formed the 49th Ward Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee, a
committee of neighborhood residents, business owners and representatives from the major
community organizations who advise me on all zoning and land use decisions I am asked to
make. I almost always follow their recommendations.
Furthermore, I was also the only alderman in the city to implement a community-based process
for examining my ward’s zoning map. As a result of that process, I introduced and passed over 30
separate zoning ordinances, which will control over-development and preserve the residential
character of my ward.
Finally, I have used participatory budgeting to give residents of my community real power to plan
and make decisions with respect to my ward’s capita budget.
I will continue that broad grass-roots citizen involvement in all planning decisions in my ward.

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Community meetings for whatever the issue
may be that directly affects the constituency of the ward. I will not just depend on Social media
i.e. on line newsletters, (everyone is not computer savvy) I would also put out monthly newsletters
in building lobby ways, libraries and neighborhood businesses. My office will have an open door
policy (not just Mondays from 5PM to 7PM. I would also have a Zoning committee that reflects
the eclectic diversity of the 46th, not just a chosen group or class of people

Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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I would form voluntary committees that would address all aspects of ward development. These committees and sub committees would vote on the planning and economic development of the Ward.

I talk to my constituents, both individually and in community organizations, on a regular basis, so
their perspectives are always top-of-mind for me when I consider ward planning issues. They
know I welcome their input at all times.

I will work hand­in­hand with our current neighborhood organizations and Chamber of Commerce as we look at development, commerce, safety and culture. I will also seek to reach out to new, currently unengaged constituents in our neighborhood and enlist them to round out the input so that all of the neighborhood is partnering in the identification of this way forward. We will develop a Development Advisory Council to outline key criteria for commercial and residential development.
We will enhance our current community policing strategies with more community engagement to offset the increase in “crimes involving individuals.” I will establish a Principal’s Council that will facilitate a meeting of our various Principals from our private and public schools. This Council will share best practices and establish a clear path for neighborhood kids to go from K­12 with whichever educational path their family chooses.

I believe job 1 of any elected official is to drive civic engagement. As for our ward I would like to see the establishment of a ward-wide community council made up of resident representatives from every precinct and completely outside the control of the alderman. It would serve to provide advice, recommendations, etc. to
the alderman.

I would work at creating a board representative
of community members that can help inform decisions. I would also hold participatory community
hearings for how to use our budget dollars.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I believe in participatory government.
Hosting Paper and Electronic Surveys, Paper and Electronic Sources, Participatory budgeting,
Forums, Town Hall Meetings, and Ward Aldermanic Advisory Councils.

By having open meetings and implementing
volunteer community steering committees and subcommittees.

I currently send meeting notices out to
residents regarding zoning requests. I involve the local community organizations and the
greater community to allow for their input

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I will provide a series of meetings, providing the history of spending and recommendations for
future spending based upon the needs of the community and available resources.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I believe in participatory government.
Hosting Paper and Electronic Surveys, Paper and Electronic Sources, Participatory budgeting,
Forums, Town Hall Meetings, and Ward Aldermanic Advisory Councils.

I plan to hold a yearly budget meeting on discretionary funds with as many constituents as
possible. I will have several meetings so that if one cannot attend one, several more will be
available for them to attend. I will conduct an unofficial poll on the constituent’s priorities.

Through a regular, open planning process with the community. I will encourage people in the
ward to organize and I will allocate resources to support this process.

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I am a strong proponent of community-driven zoning and development. As 35th Ward Alderman, I
will create volunteer-driven precinct-level neighborhood councils that will have the final say on
zoning and development changes that will affect their neighborhood. These councils will hear
from the proponents of the zoning change, and from urban planning experts before making a final
determination.

I plan to set up a Ward 43 Community Zoning Board to review all major development proposals in the ward. This Board would be more proactive, more transparent, and more inclusive of the local neighbors’ voices in the development process. Currently, we have a system which is based on small neighborhood organizations which weigh in on zoning and development decisions, which I want to continue. For larger deals, there is an informal procedure of gathering the input of many different groups to weigh in on large development decisions, and this ward zoning board would empower the neighborhood groups in this process, ensure greater transparency, and ensure that negotiations and messages being conveyed to one group are the same as the others. The board will weigh in on the development decision as a group.

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Our campaign is about the process of bringing the people in our city, closer to the decision
making process, closer to power. We emphasize organizing blocks into block clubs, and
empowering these entities to make an impact in all that happens in their community. Constant
and consistent information sharing, meetings with our office and polling of those involved will be
the norm in our ward

I envision having 1-2 strong committees made up of residents for any major planning, zoning,
development

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

When I was elected as Alderman in 2011, I promised to create a system of open and
accessible government for our community. As part of our new system of community
government I have invited community members to be part of all zoning decisions through
community meetings and a zoning advisory board. Our new system has created a
partnership between the community and the Alderman’s office that never existed in our
community before.

I will host monthly community meetings to inform residents of upcoming ward projects and City
Council legislation. Residents will receive a monthly flyer (paid for with my own salary) informing
them of upcoming City Council votes, ward projects, and community meetings. I will meet with
community groups and community leaders to discuss issues that are affecting our community and
work with them to find solutions to community problems. We will also set up volunteer resident
advisory councils to get input from residents on important community issues.

Community town hall meetings and allow
residents to vote on what they would like or not like in the ward, same as I did with cook
county when we addressed property tax increases for the Cook County Forest Preserve
District.

I will continue to hold town hall meetings, community meetings and work with block clubs, the 30th ward advisory council, chamber of commerce and other community- based organizations regarding plans for the Ward.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I want to hear from neighborhood associations, community leaders and business
leaders on their thoughts about the Ward. The 2nd Ward has so many groups that this will help keep everyone informed while maintaining an open process for identifying issues. Mixed with participatory budgeting and new communication formulas, this should allow for a balanced approach to running the ward.

Establish a budget thresholds that would involve
planning with the residents, ward staff and city departments.

The 20th ward has a number of very active community, civic and grassroots
organizations that has assisted in creating a broader strategy that has expanded the
renewal efforts in the area. I consistently work with, meet and advise these groups of potential activity in the area and request their feedback on a variety of issues. Our quarterly newsletter capsulate the information and shared with the entire ward.

Ward residents are very involved in planning through our neighborhood organizations. In addition, we seek direct feedback from ward residents on planning decisions.

I want to hear what the residents of my ward think of new developments. I intend to hold open
community meetings on new developments, talk to any resident who has an opinion, and engage
community groups and neighborhood associations in the process

In addition to my monthly ward meetings, I
hold a series of forums on all major developments envisioned or approved for the ward.
Constituents are integral to setting priorities for TIF, menu and other funds, as well as for
the types of businesses and services I go after for the ward. Also, ideas and residents
from the Participatory Budget process continue to enhance the office’s communication
process.

Community involvement is central to my
vision, both in terms of purpose and process. It would begin with an aldermanic office
accessible, responsive, transparent, and accountable to constituents, with multiple
communication platforms to provide residents information about programs and services of
benefit. We (civic, community, business, religious organizations/leaders) would
collectively develop a strategic plan to determine priorities and goals for improving the
ward’s health at every level. We would also determine mechanisms for community input,
feedback, oversight and assessment of all major actions and programs, such as
budgeting, TIFs, school proposals or allocation of public services. Finally, I would ensure
community representation on decision-making bodies, projects, task forces, etc. affecting
the ward--whether instituted by me, other government agencies or private interests
wishing to operate in the ward.