Plan will address preservation and development
“Transportation, distribution, and logistics centers have brought a dramatic change to Will County and we need our residents to share their ideas and concerns for preservation and development here,” said Will County Board Speaker Mimi Cowan (Naperville). “The plan we are working on will help decide the trajectory of development in our communities for decades and it is vital that those plans reflect the needs of County residents.”
“Will County has long been central to the movement of freight through the country,” said Joe VanDuyne (Wilmington), Chair of the Public Works and Transportation Committee. “At the same time, we want to preserve the quality of life that draws people and businesses to Will County.”
Since the project began in November 2019, a planning team has conducted research, analyzed data, and held focus groups with 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. Residents can also view the previous workshop presentations on the website.
“Businesses continue to want to move to Will County, and our population continues to grow,” said Minority Leader Mike Fricilone (Homer Glen). “The input from our communities through this survey and our outreach workshops is critical to coming up with the best plan for preserving our open space while still allowing business to develop responsibly.”
The survey asks questions about truck traffic and routing, existing freight land use clusters, new development, agricultural businesses, natural and cultural resources, and residential impact.
The Moving Will County plan builds on the previous award-winning Community Friendly Freight Study. The goal is to create a model approach for addressing the many challenges of rapid growth in intermodal developments.