Deerfield Township is updating its comprehensive plan. Becoming Deerfield is an effort to create an authentic community-driven vision for the future of the Township.

 

This vision will identify qualities of the Township that should be preserved, respond to current development trends, and bring people together to address key planning issues. The plan is a tool to prepare for change and acts as both a business plan and guide-book for decision-makers. Becoming Deerfield will keep the Township a desirable place in which to live, work, play, and invest. Community engagement is an essential part of the comprehensive planning process, and all community members are invited to be a part of creating it.

The Process

From its start, the planning process will span approximately 12 months. The public engagement process kicked off in October of 2019 and there will be multiple opportunities to get involved.

Why should you participate?

This is a special opportunity.

This is a special moment for the community, so you won’t want to miss out on participating. Now is the time to come together and think about the future of Deerfield Township.

Your voice is important!

Join your fellow neighbors in shaping the future of Deerfield Township through a comprehensive plan update.

Planning is the first step to action.

Deerfield Township’s comprehensive plan was completed in 2015. While many of the Township’s core values haven’t changed, Becoming Deerfield will update the plan to address current trends and planning issues through projects, policies, and programs that will shape the township’s future.

Who is involved?

Steering Committee

Process and outreach

A 22-member citizen Steering Committee is helping to guide the public process and the plan’s recommendations. The group is representative of the Township’s many diverse interests. The planning consulting team will facilitate the Steering Committee’s work, convene public workshops, conduct technical work, and draft the plan.

Stakeholders

Targeted input

Individuals with specific interests or expertise will be engaged to provide insight during Becoming Deerfield’s process.

Public

Input and feedback

Widespread public involvement is vital to Becoming Deerfield’s success. Three in-person workshops and online tools will offer a variety of ways for the community to give input throughout the process.

Staff

Project management and local knowledge

Township staff will support and help to coordinate the work and will also provide local knowledge and expertise to each element of the plan.

Elected Officials

Adoption

The final plan will be formally adopted by the Township Trustees who will have a central role in its implementation.

Consultants

Process leadership and expertise

McBride Dale Clarion and Planning NEXT will work closely with the Steering Committee and Staff to facilitate the process and share experience from other successful communities nationwide.