VILLAGE INSIGHT

Smart Growth Always Faces Opposition
by John Weidl, Village Administrator

Nearly every village development over the last two years faced pushback from a small—yet vocal—section of the community. We always incorporated that feedback into the project in an effort to create a stronger development. The bottom line is we work every day to keep taxes low, support our local retail businesses and attract the professional talent our larger industrial companies require to create local jobs.
 
We have an obligation to all 7,629 village residents to maintain quality of life while advancing economic factors that make it possible. We are committed to smart growth that helps us control taxes for all village residents and businesses—even those opposed to projects.
 
For those of you who want more options in restaurants, shopping and other amenities in and around the village, this requires a mix of developments to attract the population required to attract more choices.  
 
While there’s a self-interested group expressing concerns about development within the village—particularly about Fountain Park proposed for land across from Kwik Trip on highway 83—know we are working to balance their demands with other factors to make this a win for the entire community.
 
The ability for Fountain Park to offer high-quality amenities, such as a pool, green space, fitness centers, underground parking, club house, walking trails, grilling stations and more amenities depends on the number of units developed. The more units, the more amenities offered, the higher quality development, and the higher-level incomes required to be part of this self-contained community, known as Fountain Park.
 
Whenever there is a new project proposed, there’s opposition. There was opposition to the very subdivision the Fairwinds residents now call home and who now oppose Fountain Park. We were able to work to get them in their homes. And, we are confident we will be able to bring a high-quality project with amenities that draw new neighbors to our community to mitigate village taxes and school district taxes that are impacted by declining resident student enrollment.
 
Quite honestly, achieving truly smart growth that benefits the entire community takes courage by our elected officials. I believe the elected officials we have in place now will do the right thing with the whole community in mind.