The I-57 Corridor between the Villages of Manteno, Bradley, and Bourbonnais is a target area for unprecedented growth and development. With this growth comes challenges. As local community officials, we are in the strategic and enviable position of ensuring quality residential, business, and industrial opportunities, while maintaining and preserving limited natural resources, livable communities, and the integrity of our public services.
In as much as development and growth bring many positive benefits to the community including property tax revenue and increased opportunities and options for our citizens, we must take heed to minimize the negative impacts that may arise. Primary and central to this effort is our desire to maintain our own unique identity by striving to create our community’s “Sense of Place.” We must now ask ourselves: Who are we? What do we value? What do we want our community to look like? These are all relevant and critical questions community leaders must ask themselves when envisioning the future.
Kankakee County communities have a unique opportunity to structure growth and development in a manner to meet these goals and objectives. The proposal outlined in this Summary Report establishes the building blocks to foster and grow community-wide consensus, vision, and implementation.
For it is through proper planning and consensus-building that we can achieve the high-quality community that everyone comes to expect and covet.