City council making land decisions


CHAMPAIGN — In their first meeting of the new year, Champaign’s council could adopt big changes to the city’s maps.

The biggest difference could be made at the Curtis Road interchange area of I-57. It’s mostly open fields now. City planners met with residents over the last year to get their input about what they want, and don’t want, in the area’s development. They’ve tweaked the plan accordingly and the updates could be made part of the master plan Tuesday night.

The city could also change and create some TIF districts. They will discuss shrinking the downtown district to make room for the “downtown fringe” district, and to push development in the areas surrounding the core of downtown that haven’t seen the same growth as just a few blocks away.

The City could also decide tonight to officially establish the Bristol Park TIF district. The area’s been pegged for demolition and redevelopment because of its low property values, and capturing the tax revenue through a TIF district can help make that happen.

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