Enhance Downtown Morris


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About The Project

Downtown Morris has strong regional attraction power with its vibrant mix of retail businesses, lively community events, and its accessibility to regional recreational amenities. The challenge for this project is to take a good downtown and make it better.

The downtown master planning process will include an initial assessment phase focused on understanding where Downtown Morris is today, and what opportunities are on the horizon. The second phase of the project will focus on development specific redevelopment and design solutions, and strategies to implement those solutions. And the final phase of the project will include a review process for the downtown master plan, followed by adoption of the plan by the City of Morris as a component of their Comprehensive Plan. The goal is to have a draft plan by Summer 2020.

The project is being led by the City of Morris, with support from the Morris Downtown Development Partnership and the Morris Retail Association.

Project Updates

Downtown Master Plan Adopted!

Morris has a new Downtown Master Plan! On August 3rd, 2020, City Council gave final approval to adopt the plan. Many thanks to the Morris residents, business owners, and organizations that participated in the planning process through interviews, surveys, and online engagement. This document was informed and shaped by all of you! (ADOPTED) Morris Downtown…

Nearing the Finish Line!

The Morris Planning Commission held a Public Hearing to review the Draft Plan this past Wednesday. After some discussion about plan implementation and priority projects, the Plan was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission. Next Steps: The Plan will be reviewed by the City Council on August 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Check out the…

View the Draft Plan (& Save The Date)!

The Downtown Morris Master Plan is drafted and ready for your review! Check out the draft plan here. After you have read through the draft plan, take this quick 5-minute survey to let us know your top priority projects for Downtown and share any additional thoughts or comments about the plan. The Morris Planning Commission…

Results Are In: Morris Downtown Survey Complete!

Thank you to everyone who completed the Morris Downtown Resident/Consumer Survey! We had fantastic participation, receiving over 1,000 responses over six weeks. Double-thanks to all those who took the time to elaborate on their ideas and responses via the open comment section. We heard lots of great feedback about Downtown Morris that we will use…

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