The Crystal Lake Green Infrastructure Vision identifies the green resources and site strategies located within the city.
(2012) By the City of Crystal Lake Planning and Economic Development Department and Cowhey, Gudmundson & Leder. The Green Infrastructure Vision was drafted to provide background and broad based guidance for the City’s Green Infrastructure chapter within the Comprehensive Plan. The Green Infrastructure Vision identifies the green resources and site strategies located within the City. The 2030 Comprehensive Land Use Plan Green Infrastructure chapter takes it another step further and identifies a goal and specific actions and success indicators for each of the resource areas and site strategies.
The benefits of for green infrastructure have become apparent in recent years with frequent ob- servations that typical gray infrastructure and associated sprawl development may not be envi- ronmentally or economically sustainable. In contrast, green infrastructure provides a compelling alternative to community development, redevelopment, and infrastructure investment. Some of the relevant benefits of green infrastructure include:
• reduced flooding
• increased water resources through conservation improved water quality and hydrology enhanced groundwater recharge
• wildlife habitat and biodiversity
• reduced infrastructure costs
• neighborhood and trail connectivity
• enhanced quality of life
• improved sense of place and community identity