Letter: Planning, preparation keys to successful village
Planning and preparation are the keys to careful management of the continued pressures of growth on Elburn. In the late-90s, Elburn was still a sleepy little farm town, but ever since the millennium, the westward expansion of development has become a force to be reckoned with.
Elburn has grown from just under 2,000 residents in the late-90s to an official census count of 4,721. When the next census is taken, that number will surely surpass the 5,000 mark. The Planning Commission and the Village Board have worked diligently over the last 15 years with the developers, both commercial and residential, to form the village into what it is today. The vision of â€œbetter, not just biggerâ€ has been the mantra we have held to.
The village’s policy to allow development only within Elburn’s â€œEmerald Necklaceâ€ borders of Welch Creek, Blackberry Creek and Virgil Ditch, before annexing any land beyond this, allows us to keep and carefully manage our growth within those natural boundaries.
Aggressive land acquisition has become the bane of some of our neighboring communitiesâ€”a trap we have been careful to avoid. No land is annexed into our village until a carefully negotiated pre-annexation agreement is entered into with a developer to insure that sufficient impact fees for essential services and other amenities are provided, that the development is consistent with our sense of place and community and that the build-out will be constantly monitored through staged phases as a planned unit development.
Developers are always encouraged to present their plans knowing that they must meet these guidelines. We, as your elected village officials, are committed to developing with thoughtfulness and diligent attention to the impact we will have on our present residents and on our future generations. While the housing market has slowed, our commercial development continues to remain healthy. Route 47 continues to be our primary retail corridor, while North Street is home to our governmental bodies. I encourage every citizen to go to the Village Hall or Elburn’s website and take a look at some of the existing and proposed developments.
Thoughtful planning and preparation, these words will continue to serve us well as we cross in to the second decade of the second millennium.
Village President of Elburn