Projects, Plans & Programs

Village departments are often engaged in a variety of projects, programs and studies. This section provides information on some of the current research and/or process improvement projects that are of the greatest public interest.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan

The Village of Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee in consultation with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has written a new Bikeways and Pedestrian Plan. This Plan is a part of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan, and was approved by the Village Board in September, 2017. 

This Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan builds upon and advances successful efforts already completed or underway by the Village of Arlington Heights to cultivate a vibrant, lively downtown and safe, attractive, and livable neighborhoods where walking and bicycling are convenient ways to travel. It provides detailed recommendations for specific locations in Arlington Heights where bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements are needed to achieve key, Villagewide goals related to access, mobility, health, and sustainability and identifies actions that the Village can take to improve and enhance its active transportation network, create safe and enjoyable bicycle and pedestrian routes, and encourage sustainable local transportation.

Hickory Kensington Area Plan

In 1991, the Village Board amended the Comprehensive Plan by designating several areas as redevelopment project areas as part of the Comprehensive Planning Program. One area designated was the Hickory/Kensington area, defined by Dryden Avenue on the east, Miner Street on the north, Northwest Highway on the south, and Belmont Avenue on the west.

Rand Road Corridor Study

The Village Board approved a study to be undertaken by Teska Associates on the Corridor Beautification Plan for Rand Road.  This stretch of Rand Road is a crucial retail district to the Village of Arlington Heights, providing significant amounts of sales tax and employment opportunities.  In working with Village Staff, Teska Associates is tasked with helping establish an identity for the Uptown shopping corridor by identifying potential improvements to enhance the area as a shopping destination.

South Arlington Heights Road Corridor Study

Preliminary concept plans for improvements to the corridor of South Arlington Heights Road were shared with a group of nearby businesses and property owners in mid-September, 2017. An online survey was also provided to receive public input on an overall plan for the community’s major corridor area.

Plans to enhance the corridor area of Arlington Heights Road, Algonquin and Golf Roads, which serves as a major gateway into the Village, will help build a destination identity and create a sense of place for the southern entrance area into Arlington Heights. Please review the presentation of south Arlington Heights Road corridor.

The Village’s Comprehensive Plan earmarks this area for improvements with these following objectives:

  • Developing a strong and positive image and appearance, which supports commercial and economic activities along the corridor.
  • Creating a system of parking facilities, which adequately service the needs of commercial uses in the area.
  • Promoting safe and effective traffic circulation in the corridor.

Ensuring that development activities within the corridor be compatible with adjacent non-residential and residential uses.