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Scenario Outcomes

The table below compares the outcomes of the three scenarios in terms of several key measures. Click the name of each outcome for more information about how each scenario would affect it. To focus on one scenario at a time, click the scenario name.

Outcome/Change between today and 2040, based on current trends

Scenario change from current trends
Reinvest Preserve Innovate

Land Consumption
The region will lose 490,000 acres of farmland and 190,000 acres of open space.

improves improves
greatly
improves

Infill
Around 2/3 of growth will occur in an infill location.

improves improves
slightly
stays the
same

Open Space Access
Access to open space will remain comparable to today.

improves
greatly
improves improves

Imperviousness and Runoff
The region will add 183,00 acres of impervious surfaces, including 46,000 in sensitive watersheds.

improves improves
slightly
improves
slightly

Water Use
Residential water use will increase by 244 million gallons per day.

improves improves
greatly
improves
Congestion
Traffic congestion will increase by nearly 50%.
improves
greatly
improves
slightly
improves
slightly

Air Quality
Air quality will improve markedly due to technological advances.

worsens
slightly
improves
slightly
worsens
slightly**

Mode Share
The share of trips made using transit, walking, or biking will remain relatively constant.

improves
slightly
improves improves

Travel Times
Travel times will increase for both auto and transit.

improves mixed
results
mixed
results

Jobs - Housing Access
Job accessibility will remain comparable to today.

improves
greatly
improves
slightly
improves
greatly**

Environmental Justice
"Environmental justice" areas grow by 22%, and job accessibility remains comparable to today.

improves
greatly
improves
slightly
mixed
results**
Industry Mix
Qualitative analysis; click row heading for more details.
Scenario Cost
Qualitative analysis; click row heading for more details.

** These results are subject to interpretation; click on the row heading for more information.

The scenarios will also have impacts outside the physical planning realm. With the support of The Chicago Community Trust, a number of reports on human and community development topics were prepared. The links below contain some description of how the physical planning decisions included within each scenario will affect outcomes in human and community development areas, as well as links to the reports on these topics.

Arts and Culture
Crime and Justice

Education (including early childhood, K-12, and higher education)
Emergency Preparedness

Food

Health

Human Relations

Hunger

Workforce Development

CMAP's Human Services Committee also addressed the effects that physical planning decisions would have on elderly or disabled residents of region. The links below show the results of this work.

Disabled Residents
Elderly Residents

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