The Village of Montgomery requests proposals to provide professional planning services from consultants for management and administrative services for the development of a comprehensive plan with a focus on those needs and population groups most significantly affected by the potential for flooding in the Village. The scope of Montgomery’s comprehensive plan will be far-reaching but detail-oriented to accommodate the Village’s dynamic long-term needs.
The Village of Montgomery is presented with unique challenges based on elements such as its geographic location, recent rapid population growth and infrastructure weaknesses. A new comprehensive plan must address these challenges while addressing the most viable options for the Village’s future. Montgomery is located in Kane and Kendall counties, surrounded by communities such as Sugar Grove, Aurora, Oswego and Yorkville. Aside from lying in two counties, the Village is represented by multiple other taxing jurisdictions including Oswegoland and Fox Valley park districts and Oswego and Sugar Grove library districts. The Village is also served by five fire protection districts and five K-12 school districts.
Montgomery’s downtown is adjacent to the Fox River, an Illinois tributary prone to significant flood activity. At least three substantial flooding incidents have affected communities on the Fox River within the past 20 years and Montgomery’s geographic location puts it in the crosshairs of a potential future flood event. The below floodplain map overviews the geographic areas that are a concern for the Village of Montgomery including the Village’s downtown along the Fox River. Village staff members hope to do everything possible to prepare Montgomery for flood effects. An updated comprehensive plan is crucial in implementing flood damage prevention in Montgomery. Montgomery’s current comprehensive plan is out of date, both time-wise and based on the rapid population growth (a 237 percent increase from 2000-2010). The current plan can no longer effectively accommodate the community’s population. In 2002 the Village adopted its current plan. Since that time, the Village’s current population has grown from around 5,000 to over 18,000 over the last decade as demonstrated in the figure below. Moreover, the last major planning for flood mitigation was in 1997— before the Village experienced tremendous population growth and development. When the current plan was adopted the Village had just started adding new residents. New residents weren’t able to participate in the comprehensive planning process.
Because the Village’s population has grown exponentially, it is important to reevaluate the vision and goals of the Village by including the new residents in the planning process and gathering their opinions.
Recent area developments have also significantly altered the economic and market climates. The comprehensive plan must reflect Montgomery’s need to stay competitive while embracing important initiatives such as the 2009 Transportation Oriented Development Plan and Park and Ride Location Study and conservation design in rural areas.
Infrastructure needs addressing water conveyance deficiencies will be a major component of Montgomery’s plan. Broken drainage tile and an insufficiently sized culvert under U.S. Route 30 are just two examples of inadequacies that directly relate to Montgomery’s flood response needs. The Village is also overdue on addressing contingency plans for parts of the community lying in floodplains and those areas prone to flooding effects. Again, the Fox River and its tributaries’ instability and recent history of flooding in the Fox Valley mean areas such as the Waubonsee Creek are at heightened risk. Aside from the safety and property value concerns, economic development has the potential to be negatively affected by flooding. Challenges presented by the Blackberry Creek Floodplain may affect retail plans and developers interested in Montgomery may face unforeseen damages due to floodwater. The Village seeks to diminish severe flooding threats in order to provide more security for valuable businesses attainable by the community.
Finally, the effect on the residents of Montgomery continues to be an ongoing concern. The Village cannot afford to put at risk the opportunity to provide this growing community with security against flood risks. Many Montgomery residents live in floodplains with the potential to be directly affected by an increase in rainfall. Flooding incidents in the past have proved overwhelmingly damaging to residents and the Village’s new comprehensive plan must address these problems that may arise again.
This contract will result in a new/revised comprehensive plan document integrating current planning policies, goals and objectives where appropriate. The plan shall include text, plans, charts, graphs, and other applicable graphics to illustrate past, current and future projections.
The plan shall identify a vision, key trends and issues, desired outcomes (goals and policies) and implementation strategies.
Plan requirements include:
• A comprehensive analysis of the Village’s current needs and vision for future growth and development
• A strong understanding and progressive approach to sustainable planning principles
• Principles/policies designed to best serve the population
• Short, medium and long-term implementation strategies
• An analysis of the impact of the floods of 2008 on the area, paying special attention to the areas and groups that were most adversely affected, and the kinds of unmet “needs” that were created by the storm either directly or indirectly (e.g., infrastructure, housing, economic development, etc.) (Please see Appendix C for more details on Montgomery’s flooding needs)
• Specific strategies designed to mitigate or minimize future disaster damage