Grab your knapsack and thinking cap!

Join us as we go on a seasonal exploration of planning and engagement.


Just as each season brings a fresh awareness and renewed focus on life, so too shall the engagement setlist for Ready, Set, Wilmette. Community-wide events called “Wilmette Talks” will take place each season to generate feedback and discussion on a focused set of plan themes. The color-coded calendar below highlights what plan themes will be focused on each season. Online polls will also be posted to generate insights on these specific topics. Sign-up to receive email updates and keep in mind that community feedback is welcome and encouraged on all topics at any point in time via the ideas wall and map tool.

Wilmette Talks · Calendar of Events

Fall 2021

Themes

Community Character
Arts, Culture, Entertainment
Health, Safety, Wellness

Winter 2021-2022

Themes

Community Diversity
Inclusiveness
Community Institutions

Spring 2022

Themes

Business + Commerce
Housing Variety + Affordability
District Plans

Summer 2022

Themes

Active Transportation
Environment +
Sustainability

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Community Character

Community character refers to features that help shape a place’s identity and the way residents live, work, play, and travel. From architecture, design, and history, to environment, technology, people and cultures. All these factors and more influence and contribute to community character.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment

Arts, culture, and entertainment celebrate community experiences, shared beliefs, values, goals, and practices. Events and festivals, public artwork, live music, and “things to do” all contribute to the social vibrancy of a place.

Health, Safety, Wellness

Health, safety, and wellness focuses on the connection between the built and natural environment, access to green space, educational and recreational programming and factors that impact and support the holistic wellbeing of individuals, families, and the community at large.

Diversity

Diversity refers to a community’s make-up in terms of characteristics such as race, culture, gender, sexuality, and experience. At its heart, it’s about welcoming and accepting different worldviews and respecting the unique needs, backgrounds, perspectives, and potential of its residents.

Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness is when all residents feel like they belong in your community. That means that they have the opportunity to voice their opinions and those opinions are heard, that they don’t feel excluded on the basis of their identity, and they see themselves reflected in community culture and values. 

Community Institutions

Community institutions refer to local facilities and organizations (schools, libraries, parks, non-profits, places of worship, day cares) that provide much needed resources and activities, enhance community identity, and create opportunities for residents to engage, socialize, and learn.

Business + Commerce

Business and commerce identify opportunities for development, reuse, revitalization, and making Wilmette a better place to live, work, and play. Understanding this theme requires analyzing data and trends related to changing demographics, office space, employment, the retail market, and commercial corridors.

Housing + Affordability

Understanding housing requires assessing the needs of households at varying income levels, age ranges, and life stages and identifying opportunities to meet those needs. Demographic and socioeconomic conditions and trends, as well as characteristics of market-rate and affordable housing, are studied to understand this essential aspect of the community.

District Plans

Many of the plans themes will be advanced through placemaking opportunities along Wilmette’s commercial corridors & shopping centers. Rethinking will be considered, with emphasis placed on the Ridge Road Corridor, Linden Square, the Green Bay Road Corridor and the Village Center, as well as Edens Plaza and Plaza del Lago.

Active Transportation

Active Transportation is the ability to travel without a car by walking, biking, and using transit.  It encompasses many components, such as sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, bicycle infrastructure, access to transit, accessibility for people with disabilities, and shared uses such as scooters.   

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental planning  guides future decision-making to provide essential environmental protection and conservation, while undoing the negative impacts of human activities, and enhancing the quality of existing environments.

Community Sustainability

Communities must be sustainable in terms of their economies, housing, culture, and interactions. “Community Sustainability” is best understood as the interconnected nature and impacts of public policy, community design, regulatory strategies and human relationships. It is a long-term perspective, anticipates and adapts to change, and is built on human, natural, and financial capital.

Did you know the population in Wilmette has grown by 2% over the last two decades, and forecasts show it growing an additional 15% by 2050?An analysis of changing demographics and trends in the Village will help inform planning recommendations moving forward.

 

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