Materials for Development of Goals Statements

The following is a list of issues used to define goals statements developed by the stakeholders at the first session. The number of "dots" represents the number of "votes" given each issue, which indicates the relative importance given to each issue by the participants.

Community Character
  • Maintain rural character/quality (9 dots)
  • Widely recognize private farmers as valuable assets to the community (5 dots)
  • Homer Glen has a unique characteristic that draws people (4 dots)
  • A town known for its community involvement (3 dots)
  • Change public perceptions that large lots equal open space (3 dots)
  • Balance between economic development and rural charm
  • Preserve the existing character
  • Generate community with highest levels of harmony and security
  • A town center, with small town character, with park, recreation center, municipal building, accessible by walking or cycling (10 dots)
  • Village thought of as a well-planned community with a reputation for valuing and preserving natural resources (7 dots)
  • Housing for seniors
  • Diverse housing
Transportation
  • A transportation plan to address congestion (10 dots)
  • A network of non-motorized transportation alternatives, paths, greenways, walkways (5 dots)
  • Tree-lined streets, natural buffers for transportation corridors (2 dots)
  • A system of streets and highways only beneficial to Homer Glen
Aesthetics
  • Homer Glen at night - dark island in sea of light (6 dots)
  • Integrated public art into community spaces. (3 dots)
  • Minimize strip malls/neon signs
Recreation
  • Have a variety of active and passive park and recreation areas (17 dots)
  • The community is connected by trails and greenways and connected to other towns by trails (7 dots)
  • A trail system so people would not need to drive to trail heads, but instead could bike or take a horse from community to community. (4 dots)
  • Mechanisms to develop and maintain parkland with identified funding
  • Developers incorporate parks into development
  • Linked waterways for boating
  • Horse trails
Habitat & Wildlife
  • Use native plantings as much as possible throughout the town, library, along roadways (3 dots)
  • Preserve wildlife and its diversity and its habitats (6 dots)
  • Maintain and increase woodlands (7 dots)
  • Educated community on natural ways to preserve environment (3 dots)
  • Balance wildlife protection and development
  • Maintain prairie look
  • Still seeing the hawks
Water Resources
  • Preserve the quality of flood plains, wetlands, and groundwater supply (aquifers) (7 dots)
  • Identify and protect groundwater recharge areas (3 dots)
  • Attractive, more natural, stormwater management (8 dots)
  • Natural looking retention ponds
Strategies for Plan Implementation
The following are items from the February 24th discussions that will be incorporated into the process for developing strategies for plan implementation.
  • Comprehensive plan reflecting community's wants, fund values, core goals, mission (9 dots)
  • School system supports the community, is a resource
  • Reduce impervious surface (3 dots)
  • Comprehensive K-12 ecological curriculum with local component
  • Incentives to developers to preserve natural
  • Land donations for open space (2 dots)
  • Planned, managed, strategic growth (15 dots)
  • Control commercial development 1 place for commerce and industry (5 dots)
  • High quality integration development areas into natural environment (4 dots)
  • Attractive, environmentally sensitive community development (3 dots)
  • Land set aside from development to prevent complete build out
  • Control development mix - residential/commercial
  • Town is planned and looks like it
  • Promote conservation design
  • Respect property rights and environmental protection.
  • Obtain border agreement on west border
  • Zero population growth
  • Examine the impacts of regional transportation plans, e.g., I-355, Metra, Caton Farm Road (4 dots)
  • A diverse economic base to help control property taxes (4 dots)
  • Managed growth that does not negatively affect schools, other governmental units (4 dots)
  • Slow, balanced tax base growth
  • A sustainable village (development and taxes)