UPDATE: The Wilmington Downtown Plan was unanimously adopted by Wilmington City Council on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The Wilmington Downtown Plan, Existing Conditions Report (August 2017), and Climate Vulnerability Assessment (May 2018) are available for download below.
The City of Wilmington is located in Will County, approximately 50 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. Wilmington, known as The Island City, has a historic downtown on the Kankakee River and was once a regional trade hub, transporting farm produce and lumber to nearby Joliet and beyond. Today, Wilmington's location continues to play an important role in attracting businesses, residents, and visitors. The City provides convenient access to major highways and state routes, including Interstate 55, located just west of Wilmington, and IL Routes 53 and 102, which pass through the central business district. The City also boasts many recreational opportunities, including proximity to the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, and attractions along the historic U.S. Route 66 (now IL Route 53). For more demographic information, view the Wilmington Community Data Snapshot.
Through the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, the City of Wilmington is leading an effort to develop a Downtown Plan that outlines a vision and provides development strategies to help improve the function and character of the central business district. The plan will comprehensively address issues such as future land use priorities, economic development opportunities for key parcels, transportation and pedestrian access, and streetscape appeal along the IL Route 53 and IL Route 102 corridors.
The planning process consists of five phases to be completed over 12 months, with guidance from a project steering committee made up of stakeholders in the community. The first and second phases will include initial meetings and extensive public outreach to ensure that a broad spectrum of the community is engaged in the project. The third phase will involve a thorough analysis of the existing conditions within the community using information gathered from the outreach process and analysis of past plans, studies, and various data sources. The fourth phase will focus on establishing a shared vision for the downtown and its corridors, creating strategies to implement that vision, and developing the plan document. The fifth phase will include public review of the draft plan, and plan adoption.