MAHOMET — It’s no secret that more and more people are choosing to call Mahomet home, and the village’s growth has been both an underlying and a direct focus of recent school board election discussions and, separately, intense debate over village annexation of multiple subdivisons.
Starting May 17, The Mahomet Citizen will present a 10-part series of stories titled “A Growing Community.”
Each week, we’ll take a look at different aspects of growth in town, starting with an examination of the 2016 comprehensive plan and the blueprint it laid out for Mahomet’s expansion over time. We’ll examine how that plan’s goals and vision have played out — so far — in reality.
This series will talk about annexation, infrastructure and transportion, public works, recreation, subdivision development, local business and the school system. We’ll do this through the eyes of not just people who hold leadership positions in the village and school heirarchy but also from the perspective of residents and business owners.
And we’ll look at the ripple effects of the rising population in the village and in the township that surrounds village limits.
When it comes to the comprehensive plan, we’ll explain the basics such as its vision and goals, how public input factored into its adoption and how village leaders use it today. Obviously, growth in reality and growth as planned differ, so we’ll examine where those two have converged or diverged.
As to annexation, we’ll review recent opposition to the latest annexations of subdivisions and what the comprehensive plan says about the village’s philosophy on what property to annex, when and how.
Growth and additional residents in the village and area naturally have a direct impact on transportation and infrastructure, so we’ll explore that aspect of a growing community, in addition to looking at traffic beyond automobiles — connectivity that includes bike trails and sidewalks.
The public works system in the village has to keep up with increased demand that comes with growth, and we’ll explain how the public works, water and wastewater systems are handling current village needs and being prepared for more growth.
One thing that factors in many people’s decisions to move to a particular area is recreation, and we’ll put the spotlight on how village options for recreation and attempts to meet needs and requests for recreation have gone. Natural resources factor in here, in addition to ways leaders are looking to expand things such as bike paths to not just remain attractive to new residents but also to serve current Mahomet dwellers.
Another hot topic is new subdivisions, so we plan to explain how they are created and planned for, plus look at those in development now.
No comprehensive look at Mahomet would be complete without an examination of local businesses, and we’ll be sure to talk about how the business climate in town is faring.
A big part of the growth of the village is the desire of many people to locate here so that their children can attend Mahomet-Seymour schools. This series of stories will wrap up with two parts putting the school district in the spotlight, both looking at the reasons Mahomet-Seymour is in such demand — and discussing class size, staff changes and the level of student population — and school facilities, from a glance back at the closing of Sangamon School to a view ahead of future plans for facilities.
We hope you’ll find each story and the series as a whole informative and valuable to residents as individuals and the village of Mahomet as a whole.