The City of Chenoa is a community of over 1,800 residents located adjacent to Interstate 55 in northern McLean County. Chenoa has historically depended on agriculture for its economic base and has experienced limited growth since 1960. In an effort to spur additional growth, the city established a tax increment financing district (TIF) in 2007 and developed a plan for city redevelopment. Part
of this process includes development of significant acreage within the city to be used for
future commercial and industrial endeavors.
In order to provide direction for the future, city officials requested technical assistance from the McLean County Regional Planning Commission for the development of this comprehensive plan. This comprehensive plan is intended to serve as an advisory guide for future community development over the next 20 years or so. The plan is intended to be flexible and generalized in nature. It should provide guidance for development decisions but does not require strict adherence, as is the case with regulatory ordinances. Such ordinances should, however, be reviewed for consistency with the objectives and policies of this plan.