Community Development


The Community Development Department is responsible for:

  • Administering the City's zoning subdivision and site plan regulations
  • Collecting and analyzing census data
  • Coordinating growth management relating to annexations and development
  • Providing support to the Planning Commission, Preservation Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Serving on a variety of local and state boards
  • Updating and implementing the Comprehensive Plan, Downtown Master Plan, and Bicycle Plan

Piles Fork Greenway Multi-Use Bike Path

The City of Carbondale is beginning plans to reconstruct and expand the Piles Fork Greenway Multi-Use Bike Path. The path runs along Piles Fork Creek, with termini at East Grand Avenue and East Walnut Street and a spur to South Wall Street. The proposed project consists of the following improvements:

  • Replacement of the existing 8-foot wide asphalt path with a 10-foot wide paved path
  • Extension of the multi-use path to the north and east, along East Walnut Street, to connect with the Crab Orchard Greenway
  • Signage aligning with the City’s Bike Wayfinding Plan
  • Enhanced pedestrian, bicycle, and micro-mobility access & street crossings 

The alignment of the proposed work will be confined to existing City Rights of Way. 

This project is proposed in the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP), but the City will seek funding through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Program grant. 

If you would like to submit comments on the proposed design of the project, contact the City’s Community Development Department using any of the following methods: 

  • Verbal statements may be given over the phone by calling (618) 457-3233
  • Comments may be mailed to the City of Carbondale Development Management Division at 200 S. Illinois Avenue, Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Comments may be emailed to Molly Maxwell.

The City would like to receive feedback from the public regarding this project. All responses are essential, including comments expressing that there are no concerns.

Piles Fork Greenway Map (PDF)

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