Demonstrating a joint effort between two cities, the East Peoria City Council approved moving forward with a streetscape plan for

the Sunnyland area at its Nov. 16 meeting.



The plan, which aims to improve the overall appearance of the Illinois Route 8 corridor, was approved by Washington’s City Council a few months prior.


Demonstrating a joint effort between two cities, the East Peoria City Council approved moving forward with a streetscape plan for
the Sunnyland area at its Nov. 16 meeting.

The plan, which aims to improve the overall appearance of the Illinois Route 8 corridor, was approved by Washington’s City Council a few months prior.

“Adoption of this plan demonstrates the city’s commitment to it and the desire to move forward with implementation,” said Ty Livingston, the city’s director of planning and community development. “The other noteworthy aspect of this adoption is that both
East Peoria and Washington adopted the same plan. While not unheard of, it doesn’t happen all the time and it does show both communities have a keen interest in the revitalization of the Sunnyland area.”

The streetscape plan includes lighting, more landscaping around city welcome signs, pockets of landscaping with benches and a network of signs directing people to key places like churches, parks and downtown areas.

Next, the planning staffs from both cities will identify items that can be implemented over the next several months, Livingston said.
Most likely, a gateway or other focal point in the corridor will be identified, such as the Summit Drive and Route 8 intersection, he added.

“Bottom line is, the plan adoption shows both communities are on the same page and that will be important as we seek to implement the plan in the coming years,” Livingston said.