The following is a summary of recommendations made by committees to enable the citizens of Wheeling and their government officials to realize this future state.
This Committee focused on existing and future infrastructure needs of the community, including transportation, public properties and facilities, water, solid waste, housing and undeveloped properties, and communications.
Below is a summary of the issues that were discussed and the recommendations that followed. Please see the full report for a listing of all the recommendations in detail.
The Committee examined roadways, the North Central MetraCommuter Line, Palwaukee Airport, and bicycle/pedestrian facilities, with the understanding that transportation is a significant factor to a community, its residents, businesses, employees, and visitors. The recommendations focus on enhancing Wheeling's transportation system by State, County, and/or Village improvements to roads, encouraging bicycle and pedestrian trail development and travel within the village, and providing information about the village at the new train station. Further, the recommendations highlight the need to coordinate the timing of improvement projects by various governmental agencies so as to minimize the travel impacts and delays.
Public Properties and Facilities:
Public properties and facilities in the village include not only those of the Village, but also the Wheeling Park District, School Districts 21 and 214, and the Indian Trails Public Library District. The Committee focused on potential areas of future cooperation between these units of government and forecasting future infrastructure needs in a comprehensive manner. Wheeling voters have supported many major public infrastructure projects in recent years. The recommendations discuss ways in which Wheeling can enhance its properties both economically and aesthetically, making them more attractive to developers and residents. They also discuss ways in which the individual units of government can coordinate their efforts and share information on properties they manage.
We, as citizens, expect to have a sufficient quantity of good quality water to drink, adequate stormwater facilities, and sufficient wastewater transmission and treatment facilities. Recommendations highlight the need to improve water transmission lines between the Northwest Water Commission and the Village. Floodwater management needs to be implemented through development of area wide improvements to the Des Plaines River to enable it to accept, contain and discharge floodwater received both from upstream communities as well as Wheeling.
Wheeling has participated in the regional effort to design a system to provide efficient and environmentally sound collection and re-use of solid waste. The recommendations suggest that household hazardous waste removal should become a higher priority and made more frequently available.
Housing and Undeveloped Properties:
Wheeling is home to a variety of single family and multi-family residential units. Most residential development prior to the 1970's was relatively basic single family, while most development since then has been multi-family. As the Village contains sufficient multi-family residential properties, the Committee has recommended that future residential development be primarily higher end single family, to provide balance to the older and more modest homes that presently exist.
While Wheeling's borders are generally defined, some opportunities for annexation exist. There remain some larger undeveloped parcels of land or parcels that are available for redevelopmment. The recommendations focus on coordination with neighboring jurisdictions to ensure land use compatibility, and various ways to improve the economic viability of such parcels. Also, it is suggested that beautification efforts be enhanced.
Advances in technology have made communications an issue that is key to any long-range planning process. Recommendations focus on ways to improve the delivery of services, as well as ways to enhance information sharing via printed mediums, cable television. and the internet.
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