Niles Comprehensive Plan

The Village of Niles is pleased to announce that on January 23, 2024, the Village Board of Trustees voted unanimously to adopt the proposed Niles 2040 Comprehensive Plan (Click HERE to see the adopted document).  

“Through this thoughtful and comprehensive plan, we have the opportunity to continue shaping our future in a way that benefits all members of our community,” said Niles Mayor George D. Alpogianis. “With an optimistic outlook and dedicated implementation, we can create a thriving and inclusive environment for generations to come.” 

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

Comprehensive Plans are standard practice for municipalities and serve 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. This connection with the community both ensures that the plan is pointing towards outcomes that are desirable to the people and businesses that call Niles home, and also increases buy-in and successful implementation of the initiatives. 

Comprehensive planning is a massive undertaking, based on the direction and feedback of the public, and assembled by experts in this field. The Comprehensive Plan process began in February 2020 when the Village retained The Lakota Group for consulting services.  Immediately thereafter, the world experienced a global pandemic and while work continued on the Plan, it ended up being a longer process than typical. Although working through a pandemic during the community engagement process, the engagement was still robust, including the establishment of a comprehensive plan website, multiple public meetings (virtual and in-person) and focus group sessions, and surveys.  There were over 2,700 unique visits to the project website as well as ample responses to the various surveys.

What will happen to the Niles 2030 Comprehensive Plan?

The Niles 2040 Comprehensive Plan will serve as an update to and replacement of the tremendously successful 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which was approved in 2011 and was the basis for many large projects over the past 12 years, including: 

  • The creation of the current Zoning Ordinance, which encompasses many of the objectives of the Niles 2030 Comprehensive Plan. 
  • The Village signed a Water Supply Agreement with the City of Evanston that is estimated to save over $120M over the 40-year agreement. 
  • The level of communitywide events, either initiated by the Village of Niles or in collaboration with community organizations, has significantly increased. The driving forces for this effort are tied to both the Niles 2030 Plan’s tenant of image and identity, as well as the Administration’s effort to create a sense of community. 
  • “Grow your Home” incentive program which kicked off April 1, 2020. 
  • A new cost share program to address yard flooding and drainage issues throughout town, managed by the Public Works Department. 
  • The Village constructed a fiber optic network backbone with the Street lighting project which will provide revenue opportunities, operational cost savings, as well as making the Village more 5G ready to support the business community. 
  • The adoption of the Multi-Modal Plan in 2014 and the updated plan last year. 
  • The creation of the Façade Improvement Grant Program, which provides grants to businesses in Niles for improving the appearance of their exteriors.  

Click here for more information about the prior Comprehensive Plan - the Niles 2030 Comprehensive Plan.