Citizen Design

The Process
Planning is one of the most important steps a neighborhood can take to become healthier, safer and economically stronger. By bringing together residents, leaders and community development experts, a neighborhood can set goals for its future, decide on its priorities and get the wheels toward positive changes.

A good plan helps to harness the energy and creativity of the community, and can make a substantial and visible difference in a short amount of time. Planning is a big effort, but it has big payoffs.

The MapPlanning_cover
Through out the planning process an interactive map has been designed to assist in gathering data, input, questions and concerns. By using the interactive map to capture community remarks input may be “tacked”right on the map. Data to be gathered includes: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Where participants live
  • Where participants work
  • Best and Worst parts of the Neighborhood
  • Crime hotspots
  • Where kids play, participants shop and get thier healthcare
  • and More…

The Planning Handbook
This Planning Handbook is a guide to the Rockford Choice Neighborhoods Initiative planning process. It describes how to go about envisioning a great neighborhood along with the necessary steps in developing a complete plan.

The Planning Handbook is a tool that interested community residents and service providers can use to help build a plan.

The Handbook describes the elements of a good plan, the steps to be taken to develop it, and the role of the community and planning professionals in preparing the plan. Click HERE to download a copy.

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Our Transformation Plan translated the three goals of the Choice Neighborhoods Program – Housing, People and Neighborhoods – into a strategy for revitalization. Many thanks to all who helped create this living transformation guide book! Download your copy here: 2014 Ellis Heights Transformation Plan

This plan will direct investments, demonstrate the commitment among a range of public and private partners to address interdependent neighborhood challenges, utilize data to set and monitor progress toward implementation goals, and engage community stakeholders and residents in meaningful decision-making roles.



Best H/A Practice – Philadelphia

​​Thursday and Friday, March 26th and 27th, 2015

​​Tuesday, March 24, 2015

​​Friday, January 23, 2015

  • Crusader Community Health       Task Force Meeting 1:00 pm
  • Crusader Community Health Resident/Community       Meeting 2:30 pm
  • Minutes to come​​​

Summary of HUD Choice Grant winners

​​Task Force meeting January 6, 2015 1:30 pm RHA

​​2014 Choice Update

October 28, 2014 8 am


October 17, 2014 2pm

  • City of Rockford IHDA vacant land/blight elimination meeting​​​

September 8, 2014

  • United Way Neighborhood working group meeting UW 1:30 pm

August 4, 2014 1:30 pm

  • RHA Choice Team Tel-con

July 14, 2014 11 am

  • Attorney General (NIRP) Collaborative meeting 11 am​

July 10, 2014

  • Strategic Neighborhood Collaborative Meeting         United Way

June 22, 2014

  • Choice Implementation meeting RHA – Are we Ready?

April 30, 2013

  • Byrne Innovation in Justice meeting – RPD

April 23, 2014

  • Consolidated Plan meeting – City of Rockford

January 2014

August 2013

​​Draft Neighborhood’s Vision

Draft Fairgrounds Valley Housing Plan​​

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • Washington Park Task Force/ Resident meeting
  • Transformational Draft reveal
  • Minutes and photos to come​​

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • Concord Commons Resident meeting
  • Minutes and photos available by hard copy​​

Tuesday, August 27, 2013​

  • Fairgrounds Valley Resident meeting
  • Transformational Draft reveal
  • Minutes and photos available by hard copy

​​Wednesday, August 7, 2013

​​​Friday, April 26, 2013

  • University of Illinois School of Architecture
  • ​​​Studio Critique                       Final Presentations

Draft Housing Strategy – under review​​

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

​​Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

​​Friday, February 1, 2013

​​​​Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012

​​​Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Banner of Truth, 1401 West State
  • Notes November 16, 2012           –Special VB Meeting

Friday, November 9, 2012

RHA Offices, 223 S Winnebago St

Friday, September 28, 2012

​Thursday, July 26, 2012

3:00 to 5:30 pm

  • Fairgrounds Valley Apartments, 1015 W. Jefferson St
    Meeting Poster

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

9:00 to 10:30 am

RHA Offices, 223 S Winnebago St

Community Visioning Meeting -Help plan and design your neighborhood!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Banner of Truth, 1401 West State

Community Resource Fair   -Check out Job opportunities and Service Organizations!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Banner of Truth, 1401 West State

Thursday, May 17, 2012
3:00 to 4:30 pm

RHA Offices, 223 S Winnebago St

April 23, 2012
3pm to 4:30 pm

RHA Offices, 223 S Winnebago St

April 23, 2012
6:30pm to 8pm

Banner of Truth, 1401 West State

March 20, 2012
9:00 am to 10:15 am

RHA Offices, 223 S Winnebago St

1:15 pm to 4:30 pm

Fairgrounds Valley Apartments
1015 W. Jefferson St

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Crusader Community Clinic
1200 W State St

Power Point Materials

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