Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Gurnee Economic Development Committee - March 21, 2013

Village of Gurnee

Economic Development Committee Minutes

March 21, 2013


The meeting was held in Conference Room A, Gurnee Village Hall, 325 N. O’Plaine Road and called to order at 6:00 P.M.

 Members Present:            Trustee Stephen Park, Rob Elbrecht, Tom Henderson, Brad Jenks, Roneida Martin, Karen Thorstenson, Dick Welton

Members Absent:             Randy Ebertowski, Bill Finn

Other Officials Present:    Ryan Mentkowski, Associate Planner 

1. Approval of the March 21, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Ms. Thorstenson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Jenks, to approve the March 21, 2013 meeting minutes, as presented.

 All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

2. Education Items:

No formal education items presented.

3. Unfinished Business: Identification and Discussion regarding the areas of vacant land, land that may be underutilized or land that could benefit from future redevelopment in the Village of Gurnee.

A majority of the discussion occurred through a large scale map that was in the meeting room, created by staff and titled “Vacant Land & Comprehensive Master Plan Redevelopment Potential”:

  • The committee was looking at areas of land in and around the Village of Gurnee which may be different than the properties illustrated on the staff created map.
  • The focus of the Committee should be to look for properties that are able to support quality land uses that generate property tax and/or sales tax.
  • Mr. Finn stated that the removal of Village property tax, which is listed in the weakness category, should also be added to the opportunity category of the SWOT.
  • The Committee also stated that another opportunity is the diversification of the tax base in the Village. 

 The Committee directed staff to further examine the following development areas: 

  1. Existing parcels ready to do / close to ready to go;
  2. Parcels that could easily be developed/adapted to be done to be ready in the future; and
  3. Staff/Village action required. 

4. New Business: Review and Recommendation of Action Items for Economic Development Policy #1, titled Create a Business Attraction / Business Retention Policy.

Mr. Mentkowski presented an overview of the Economic Development Policy Objectives & Action Items for Business Attraction / Retention (Policy #1).  As part of Policy #1, Mr. Mentkowski discussed the recommended staff action items:  website update, existing business survey, new business quality survey & Village staff visits, creation of marketing folders, development of comprehensive business directory, increasing access of the available building space and vacant land database, maintaining Village participation & booth presence with Regional International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), engaging in retail business attraction, and Disney mentality training of Village staff. 

5. Adjournment

Trustee Park asked for motion to adjourn.

Mr. Elbrecht made a motion, seconded by Mr. Welton, to adjourn.

All voted ‘aye’. Motion carried.

The Meeting was adjourned at 7:31 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted:

Ryan Mentkowski
Economic Development Committee Secretary


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