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The village's "Vision for Division" project recently received a 2013 Charter Award for the Best Corridor Plan from the Illinois Chapter of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-IL).
The village's first online planning initiative, "A Vision for Division" allowed residents to share their feedback on the future of the Route 59 corridor via an interactive website, Facebook and Twitter. Earlier this year, the project won the Community Outreach Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association.
According to the village, CNU-IL awards projects and people that support the following principles: “neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population; communities should be designed for the pedestrian and transit as well as the car; cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions; and urban places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology, and building practice.”
The Congress for the New Urbanism is a national organization dedicated to understanding how the quality of the built environment impacts our daily lives and applying this knowledge to build vibrant and healthy communities. It is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities, and healthier living conditions.