Sustainable Development

Green Plays in Peoria

1st Draft

* Improve and Enhance our Environment
* Live Close to Downtown and the River
* Conserve Our Neighborhoods
* Encourage Sustainable Development
* Save Time and Energy - Walk to Work
Peoria is an inherently "Green" City. The City is bordered on the east side by the Illinois River, Lake Pimiteoui, and beautiful wooded bluffs. The City is intersected by wooded ravines, and bounded by fertile Illinois farmland.
The original village in Peoria was a native American settlement on the river, using the Illinois River and intersecting trails. The City that developed after this initial settlement was built at high density on rail and street car lines. Trips to work, shopping, and schools were made by walking or a short streetcar ride. The historic city was energy efficient.
Modern American urban development is auto oriented, with large homes on large lots distant from destinations. Modern suburban development is built at low density. Long auto trips waste a great deal of time and energy.
Our historic “Heart of Peoria has "hollowed out". Most retail has left downtown, and a great deal of near in housing has been demolished. Historic older buildings are often underutilized.
The following are potential improvements to "Green" the entire City of Peoria:

· Energy efficiency in all buildings is encouraged
· Developers are encouraged to create green housing
· Mixed use development will be emphasized
· Historic buildings will be adaptively reused
· Walk ability of the city will be encouraged
· Incentives will be used to encourage improvements
· Energy efficient buildings will be required
· Sedimentation & erosion controls will be enforced
· The River's edge will be enhanced
· Bike trails & racks will be emphasized
· Transit will be maintained
· Trees and natural landscaping will be planted
· Renewable energy sources will be sought
· Recycling will be supported
· Air and water quality will be improved

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