The city of Woodstock wants input from residents when it comes to planning for the future of Woodstock’s greater downtown area.

The city’s Economic Development Department is seeking opinions from residents about what kinds of businesses and other developments they would like to see come to Woodstock as part of an effort to create a downtown development plan compiled by the Woodstock Plan Commission.

“We’re looking for people to provide us with input as to what they would like to see in the greater downtown area, not necessarily just the four sides of the Square,” said Krista Coltrin, the city’s economic development coordinator.

Coltrin said City Hall wants opinions about how Woodstock’s residents would like to see empty buildings and lots redeveloped, ideas about where commercial and residential properties should be located, and more.

“We can plan all day long, but that might not be thinking outside of the box, and there might be some really creative and ingenious ideas out there,” Coltrin said.

The Plan Commission’s development plan will be available before the end of the year, according to a press release from the city of Woodstock.

Residents can attend any of a series of public meetings in May and June to give their opinions on the future of Woodstock’s downtown. A development survey also is available at www.woodstockil.gov/survey.

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