Region 1 Planning Council has initiated a process for completing a corridor study for the main branch of Keith Creek in Winnebago and Boone Counties. R1 Planning has partnered with the consultant team of The Lakota Group, Studio GWA, Strand Associates and Hey and Associates. The purpose of this plan is to create a vision for Keith Creek and development of a comprehensive creek corridor analysis of the main branch of Keith Creek, including socio-demographic metrics, access to transportation, and environmental conditions.

The Keith Creek study will support the development of an inventory of current conditions along the corridor and include recommendations for the corridor’s development based on factors identified in stakeholder and community input, and proposed development scenarios. We want your help to create a vision for Keith Creek that will further enhance this important environmental feature. With your help we will create a vision for Keith Creek and make recommendations for land use, environmental considerations, greenway and open space enhancements, design, and quality of life improvements, as well as pedestrian, accessibility, and transportation improvements.

Help us make Keith Creek the best it can be!



The planning area is largely focused on the main branch of Keith Creek. Beginning in western Boone County, Keith Creek travels southwest through the City of Rockford, before converging with the Rock River just south of Morgan Street in southeast Rockford. The creek meanders through natural areas, parks, urban neighborhoods, and channelized routes for approximately 4.5 miles.




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Meet the Team

Region 1 Planning Council

Region 1 Planning Council is sponsoring this project and is a special purpose, regional government agency. Regional councils are public organizations comprised of local elected officials that promote collaboration among local governments, working across the jurisdictional silos of states, counties, and municipalities. Learn more>

The Lakota Group

The Lakota Group has 27 years of experience in urban design, planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. The Lakota Group is leading the Keith Creek Corridor Study. Learn more >

Studio GWA

Studio GWA is known for their expertise in historical preservation and adaptive re-use, and they bring that same skill and enthusiasm to all types of projects in a variety of spaces. They are a Rockford based team of urban planning, architecture, interior design, and development professionals that support all phases of projects from master planning through construction. Learn more>

Strand Associates

Strand Associates is a dynamic, multidisciplinary engineering firm serving the needs of public and private sector clients throughout the USA. Learn more>

Hey and Associates, Inc.

Hey and Associates provides professional engineering, ecological consulting, and landscape services to deliver comprehensive solutions to complex water resources and natural resources challenges. Learn more>