Regional study projects decline in jobs-to-home ratio

By on August 22, 2010

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday reviewed a study projecting that the ratio of jobs to households in municipalities along the Route 47 corridor will gradually decline during the next 20 years.

The study suggests that municipalities along the corridor should improve local traffic flow, nourish natural areas, enhance economic development and coordinate decision-making with regional and state agencies to encourage and maintain “smart growth principles.”

During the past year and a half, village staff, along with representatives from 14 other municipalities located along the Route 47 corridor in Kane and McHenry counties, worked on the study along with employees from Kane County, McHenry County, Metra, Pace, the Illinois Tollway Authority, IDOT, CMAP and the RTA. State and county grants funded the study prepared by consulting firms and staff members from both counties.

The goals and objectives of the study are to help local municipalities integrate solutions to meet common land development, transportation and infrastructure needs.