Glenview Environment and Natural Resources Committee holds “Planning for Nature” workshop

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Areas designated as environmentally sensitive areas in the 2008 Glenview Nature Plan along the West Fork of the North Fork of the Chicago River, north of Valley Row, are highlighted by dotted areas. (Image courtesy of Glenview Village)

The draft updated Nature Plan for Glenview will be presented at an information workshop to be held at Village Hall on Monday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The village board adopted the first nature plan in August 2008. Members of the Glenview Environment and Natural Resources Commission have been working with a consultant to update that plan.

At the workshop, Hay & Associates consultants will give brief presentations and answer any questions you may have about the plan. The workshop will feature an exhibit for the public to review and provide feedback.

After the adjustments are considered at the workshop, the next step for the draft plan will be review by one of the Village Development Review Committees before final action is taken by the Village Trustees. Village officials said final approval would likely not be received until the first quarter of next year.

A large part of the draft plan for nature is an inventory of the areas the village has designated as environmentally sensitive areas in its zoning code, as well as other significant assets within the village.

The updated plan identifies more than 20 additional locations where habitat could be improved.

Environmental protection designation was a topic of discussion when the Valley Law Club applied to expand its pickleball courts. The area adjacent to the Valley Row lake in question was not designated as an environmentally sensitive area, but many residents felt it should be.

The 2008 plan states that the village has 99 natural areas, 26 of which (totaling 963 acres) have been designated as high priority areas by the Environment and Natural Resources Commission.

Evelyn Tyner Interpretation Center at Kent Fuller Air Base Prairie in Glenview. (Tom Robb/Journal Photography)

These high-value locations include the northeast plaza of Kent Fuller Air Base Prairie, Air Base Prairie, portions of the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River, Valley Row Golf Course, and the North and South Navy bunkers and areas. “Lot 16” includes Peninsula Park, Techney Basin, the plaza west of Glenbrook Hospital, The Grove (already designated a National Natural Landmark), Portage Run Estates, Gallery Park, and the River. Private parcels along Tall Trees Park, Baxter Parcel, Loyola Academy Parcel, Community Park West, Solid Waste Transfer Station, Sleepy Hollow Park, Riverside Park, North Shore Country Club, Avoca West School and the adjacent Harriet Ostlund Park, Sims Utility Parcel, James Woodworth Prairie and Village-owned Detention Center.

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