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Monday June 24, 2013  
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Happy 25th Anniversary to the Kane County Historic Preservation Ordinance!!
25 Years of Historic Preservation Planning Has Led to 50 Registered Historic Places 
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the County's Historic Preservation Ordinance! The Kane County Board unanimously adopted the Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1988. This ordinance established a Historic Preservation Commission with the authority to recommend landmarks , historic districts and historic roads for designation by the County Board. The passage of this ordinance made Kane County the first county in the State of Illinois to adopt such an ordinance! In 1989, the County Board adopted the Kane County Historic Preservation Plan, which outlines specific goals, objectives and strategies for preserving the County's historic character and resources. With the adoptions of the new Historic Preservation Ordinance and Plan, Kane County became the first county in Illinois to be recognized as a Certified Local Government, making the County eligible for historic preservation grants.

Over the last 25 years, Kane County has designated 46 historic landmarks, 3 rustic road corridors and 1 historic district. Descriptive bronze plaques are placed on designated landmarks while signs are placed along rustic road corridors and historic districts in order to foster public awareness and appreciation. View a Map of the County's Registered Historic Places.

While this occasion certainly merits the recognition of past accomplishments, it should also be used to assess the County's Historic Preservation Program. Updating all aspects of the Historic Preservation Program and keeping in step with regional and national historic preservation strategies and trends are actions needed for preserving community character. As the percentage of incorporated land within the County continues to grow, so will the opportunities for intergovernmental collaboration. Strengthening partnerships between municipalities and the County will further preservation and implementation efforts! 
On October 5th, the Historic Preservation Commission / Program is planning a bus tour of landmarks with the Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley our local preservation advocacy organization. For more information contact our Historic Preservation Planner Julia Thavong at thavongjulia@co.kane.il.us or the Kane County Planning Cooperative at kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us.


Seven Oaks Farm near St. Charles is the most recent landmark added to the Kane County Register of Historic Places
The Bliss House was Kane County's first historic landmark added to the Register of Historic Places in 1989.

 Implementation Strategies for Kane County's Long Range Transportation Plan
A Collaborative Planning Process Will Maximize Transit Ridership 

In June of 2011, Kane County adopted the 2040 Long Range Transit Plan (LRTP). This Plan outlines transportation strategies that need to be implemented to accommodate our county's future growth. It is estimated that Kane County will gain 270,000 new residents and 144,000 new jobs by the year 2040.  The LRTP recognizes the vital relationship between land use patterns, efficient transit and the subsequent reduction in traffic congestion. Reducing automobile dependence and fostering land use patterns that support "active" forms of transportation like walking, bicycling and transit are key elements of healthy living, sustainability and quality of life.
The successful implementation of the LRTP depends on an integrated planning process that will need to include the County, municipalities and transit service providers to coordinate the transit service with the land use planning and development. With the help of CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, Kane County will specifically address high priority action items found within the LRTP including:
1. Creating a Primary Transit Network (PTN) policy. A PTN is a network of transit corridors planned and developed for the greatest transit ridership and community benefit. The three main objectives for Identifying corridors and creating this policy are:
  • Assist the County, municipalities and regional transit providers in supporting future developments along transit corridors that support cost-effective transit and maximize ridership potential.
  • Prioritize physical amenities and other capital expenditures.
  • Provide a foundation for the eventual development of other high frequency transit nodes.
2. Creating a model transit overlay ordinance. This model ordinance will assist the County and our municipalities in encouraging higher-density areas with alternative transportation choices. The intent is that the model ordinance will include language that can be added to municipal plans to achieve the goals of PTN corridors. The ordinance language will be designed so municipalities can use it as a starting point and then modify it to reflect local circumstances. 

The Kane County Planning Cooperative will keep you updated on participation opportunities! Questions or comments? Email Mike Sullivan at sullivanmike@co.kane.il.us or The Kane County Planning Cooperative at kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us.
Kane County Health Impact Assessment for Local Food Production
The Draft Report is Complete and Ready for Comments!

The draft report of the Health Impact Assessment for Kane County local food production is complete and ready to view! This report studies the health impacts on Kane County residents if more fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats are grown in Kane County. 


The HIA for Kane County local food production is the culmination of a two-year partnership between the Kane County Health, Development, and Transportation departments, enabled by a $125,000 grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. Additional partners include the Kane County Farmland Protection Commission, American Farmland Trust, Kane County Farm Bureau, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.


A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a method of assessing how a plan, program, or policy will affect the overall health of a population. The policy studied for the KC HIA is an ordinance that adds measures to encourage and increase production of fresh produce, meats, and dairy for local consumption in all parts of Kane County. The HIA predicts that the proposed ordinance will have a positive impact on Kane County economy and its residents, based on a variety of health indicators including obesity rate, chronic disease rate, and more!


Learn much more about the Health Impact Assessment for Kane County local food production by checking out the draft report here! For background information about the HIA, click here.
Questions or comments? Email Janice Hill at hilljanice@co.kane.il.us or Ellen Johnson at johnsonellen@co.kane.il.us.
Village of Big Rock Comprehensive Plan Update
Kane County, CMAP & The Village of Big Rock Work With Local Stakeholders to Update the Village's Comprehensive Plan
Kane County and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) are providing support to the Village of Big Rock as they update their Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which was created in 2003. The Village of Big Rock's comprehensive plan update provides an opportunity for stakeholders to get involved and provide input for what they envision for the near and long term future. This interactive process works best when community and local stakeholder involvement is high. 
You're invited to share your ideas for the future of Big Rock by participating in the following on-line surveys and upcoming events!

Upcoming Events:

Public Visioning Workshop
Monday, July 8, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Big Rock Fire Department -
Meeting Room
48W863 E. 2nd Street
Big Rock, IL 60511 

Draft Plan Open House
Monday, October 7, 2013
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Big Rock Park District
Meeting Room
7S405 Madison Avenue
Big Rock, IL  60511 
Questions or Comments? Email us at the Kane County Planning Cooperative at kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us.
Go Montgomery!
Collaboration is Needed from Local Stakeholders to Help Shape the Community's Future!

The Village of Montgomery is beginning the process of creating a comprehensive plan called "Go Montgomery." 
The planning process will take approximately 10 months 
and will result in a plan that will guide the Village for the next 20 years. Through effective collaboration this plan will create a blueprint that will best meet the economic, physical and social needs of this growing community!

Earlier this year, the Village was awarded a $100,000 community development block grant from the State of Illinois to develop a new comprehensive plan. Montgomery's current comprehensive plan is over 10 years old and a new plan is needed to keep up with existing trends. Kane County Health Department, Division of Transportation and Land Use Planning staff attended the June 6th public workshop in Montgomery and will be working with the Village, its residents and Houseal Lavigne, the hired planning consultant, to provide assistance and help ensure consistencies with the County's 2040 Plan.

Those looking to get involved with this planning process can click here to keep updated on upcoming events and take a community survey!

Questions or comments? Contact the Kane County Planning Cooperative @
Kane County Board Endorses the Jelkes Creek - Fox River Watershed Action Plan
Plan to Enhance Water Quality Receives Support from County Board

Beginning in the fall of 2010, residents, organizations, businesses, community leaders, representatives of government agencies and others led by the Kane-Dupage Soil and Water Conservation District worked to plan the Jelkes Creek - Fox River Watershed Action Plan

For over two years, constituents attended meetings and provided the input and feedback that formed this plan. The Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Action Plan provides guidelines for protecting and improving local water quality and thus the quality of life for those who live, work and play in the Jelkes Creek Watershed as well as everyone downstream on the Fox River. The Kane County Board voted to officially endorse the Plan on May 14, 2013. The policy recommendations outlined in the Plan focus mostly on actions that local units of government within the Watershed can take or adopt to improve the water quality that affects us all!
Questions or Comments? Contact Karen Miller or The Kane County Planning Cooperative at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us.
November 2010 Meeting - Stakeholders rank goals for the planning process.
Fish Survey Conducted for Plan Development - The Plan calls for the continued monitoring of implementation efforts.
Kane County Planning Cooperative
Brett Hanlon, Land-Use Planner - (630) 232-3491 - hanlonbrett@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us