August 13 program to present findings and seek public input about truck routing
County Board Speaker Mimi Cowan said the workshop would lead to a comprehensive plan that melds the economic benefits of transportation with quality of life issues for Will County.
"As an historian, I’m cognizant that, for almost 200 years, Will County has been central to the movement of goods throughout our greater region and the nation, " Speaker Cowan said. "While I am keen to see that centrality continue, one of my goals is to promote collaborative solutions that support economic development and maintain a high quality of life for all our residents. Moving Will County provides us with an excellent opportunity to do just that."
"There is no question that Will County derives substantial economic benefit as a growing transportation hub, but as the primary governing body overseeing this vital asset, we must still work to maintain our agricultural and cultural assets, not to mention desirable residential neighborhoods and communities," said Minority Leader Mike Fricilone.
Since the project began in November 2019, a planning team has conducted research, and data analysis, and held many focus groups with various municipalities and local organizations to understand current issues and opportunities. Existing conditions reports for both the Truck Routing and Communities Study as well as Transportation and Land Use Strategy are available on the project website, www.MovingWillCounty.org
"While we have already done significant work toward achieving our goal, we still need input from the public as the team begins to look toward the future and develop recommendations to achieve the desired balance and to ensure that we’re on the right track," said Joe VanDuyne, Chair of the Public Works and Transportation Committee. "This workshop provides the opportunity to create a model approach for addressing the many challenges of our rapid growth in both population and intermodal developments."
The virtual public workshop will include brief presentations from panelists on different elements of the project and will incorporate live polling and questions from participants throughout the event. Following the workshop, additional online and offline engagement will be available for more in-depth feedback, as well as for those unable to participate in the live workshop.
The workshop will primarily explore truck traffic and routing, existing freight land use clusters. New development, agricultural businesses, natural and cultural resources, and residential impact will be examined in subsequent workshops. The study builds on the previous award-winning Community Friendly Freight Study and the land use and transportation plan also being developed. It provides the opportunity to create a model approach for addressing the many challenges of rapid growth in intermodal developments.
Interested parties can learn more and register for the virtual Zoom workshop by visiting www.MovingWillCounty.org. The Moving Will County project is a partnership between Will County and CMAP.