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The City Unveils New Website

We are excited to announce the unveiling of our new and improved website! Its innovative design and state-of-the-art modules help to create a user-friendly interface that will allow the dynamic communication platform promised earlier this year. Through this site, residents will find a higher level of functionality and connectivity through online payments, application and form submittal, and requests. The new site offers a level of interaction that improves access to city information and local/regional events.
Please take the time to browse through these exciting new features.

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Zarlengo's to Expand

The City is pleased to announce Zarlengo's Italian Ice is expanding in Chicago Heights. Please watch the website for a full article on the exciting expansion plans!

Train

City Enters Next Phase of Quiet Zone Project

The City is moving forward with a proposed railroad quiet zone for the corridor through Chicago Heights to reduce train horn noise.
Earlier this year, the City completed a study in collaboration with Union Pacific and Canadian National Railroads, whose railways have ten intersections throughout Chicago Heights. Also taking part in the study were IDOT, Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and the Federal Railroad Administration.
The study concluded that Chicago Heights meets the requirements to establish a quiet zone. The next phase of this project required the city to approve engineering services that will identify an implementation process. The engineering study will include collaboration with Union Pacific and Canadian National railway companies and will determine the design and specifications that will be required at each railroad crossing to implement the quiet zone.

CMAP

City to Rezone as Part of Comprehensive Plan

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning [CMAP], the organization that assisted in the development of the city’s comprehensive plan, will collaborate with the city to review the city’s current downtown zoning ordinances. Under CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, the collaboration will assist the City with a plan to identify the potential areas for rezoning in the downtown area that will align development with the long-term vision of the comprehensive plan.
“It was a significant accomplishment to finish the comprehensive plan, and now that it is in place, it’s time to update our zoning to match that long-term plan for the city,” Mayor Gonzalez said. “Our partnership with CMAP provides us with technical assistance and grant funds to review zoning in the downtown area.”
The new zoning will bring about changes to the way some Chicago Heights properties are marketed to outside developers, allowing for a wider range of future possibilities, according to the City’s Economic Development Consultant Jack Hynes.
“One of the things the comprehensive plan suggests is mixed-use zoning,” Hynes said. “For example, some of the areas that are currently zoned for commercial might be rezoned as mixed-use areas which could expand our development potential.”

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