Sustainability Action Plan
The Phase 1 Sustainable City Master Plan, begun in 2009 and completed in the summer of 2010, provided the City with a sustainable vision and desire for a community based, structured planning process. The SAP is action oriented and focuses on citizen involvement and education, while Phase 1 addressed theoretical opportunities. The SAP provides low cost, short term recommendations along with long term policy and operational recommendations, while keeping in mind the overall mission: to improve the quality of life for Elgin citizens and improve its local environment, while making Elgin a more viable and vibrant place to live. 

The SAP has utilized citizen volunteer groups to establish sustainability goals and develop recommendations on how to achieve them. The volunteer groups are not comprised of professionals in the environmental design field, but rather of citizens interested in improving Elgin’s environmental footprint and committed to making reasonable and viable recommendations. Citizen working groups researched the following nine areas of sustainability: Alternative Energy, Green Building Technology, Healthy Living and Community Education, Transportation and Mobility, Water Resources, Economic Development, Green Infrastructure, Recycling and Waste Management, and Urban Design.

The three goals developed in the Water Resources section of the SAP are to encourage water conservation, educate residents about pollutants that affect Elgin’s water supply, and improve water quality throughout Elgin’s waterways. The detention basin retrofitting project at McLean Blvd and Holmes Road contributes to several of the objectives as described below. 

An informational sign was installed at the basin to educate citizens about the retrofitting project. Water quality tests were performed before the retrofitting project began to illustrate the water quality benefits of the basin retrofit by contrasting nitrate and phosphorous levels before and after the retrofitting is finished and plantings are established. Xeriscaping, used in the basin retrofit at McLean Blvd and Holmes Road, is the method of landscaping that strives to conserve water through the use of native, drought resistant plantings, utilizing natural drainage patterns, limiting turf area and utilizing larger shrubs and trees for natural shading effects.  


Sustainability Plan Concept Model