Whereas the 2020 plan, in my opinion, lacked the balance that would allow McHenry County to continue to thrive, the 2030 proposal strikes a good balance between conservation and future economic development. The preservation of McHenry County’s character, culture and heritage is a legacy to future generations that this and future county boards must protect. To that end, the 2030 plan is based on an assumption that 90% of future development will occur within municipalities. The foundation of the 2030 plan provides protection of historic areas, natural areas, and the preservation of groundwater and farmland, but it also includes provisions for new citizens, new jobs, and adequate infrastructure. Sustainable growth isn’t an option; it’s a necessity. The current 2030 proposal would require the preservation of open space, the protection of our groundwater resources, while still allowing for sensible growth. It is economic vitality that will allow us all to enjoy and protect farmland, open space, and a sustainable supply of good water for future generations.