City of Northlake Final Comprehensive Plan PDF

 A Vision for Northlake:

Goals and Objectives:

  • Land Use- Focus on infill and redevelopment, mixed use at Wolf Road and North Avenue
  • Residential- Implement Homes for a Changing Region report
  • Commercial and Industrial- improve the appearance of corridors and attract desired businesses/retail
  • Transportation- Expand trails, work with IDOT to improve traffic flow on North Avenue and install I-294 access.
  • Natural Environment- Support the park districts and maintain city open space
  • Governance- Plan for future annexations, explore educational alternatives and work with ComEd to improve electrical service.


  • Strategies to be prioritized in the next two years include the following:
    • Strengthen capacity for implementation
    • Attract new and improved existing commercial development
    • Extend the trail system.
    • Complete projects that minimize flooding.
    • Enter into a shared annexation boundary agreement.
    • Improve reliability of local electric service.


The City of Northlake Comprehensive Plan is the cumulative effort of many individuals, including residents and stakeholders who attended public meetings and workshops, who provided time and expertise to identify community issues and opportunities, and strategies to help reach the shared vision described in our plan.  The City of Northlake would like to thank all of the people who worked with the project team to identify and address the specific challenges and opportunities that will impact the future of the City.  Mayor Jeffrey T. Sherwin

Funding Acknowledgement:

The City of Northlake and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) would like to thank the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding the development and production of this plan.  This project is funded through a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, which supports CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA0 program.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the region’s official comprehensive planning organization.  Its GPO TO 2040 planning campaign is helping the region’s seven counties and 284 communities to implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality of life issues.