Village gets $100,000 grant for land use updates

By on October 22, 2011

by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—After initially being approved to receive a $15,000 grant to update the village’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, the Chicago Metroplitan Agency for Planning decided that wasn’t enough, and awarded the village of Elburn a full grant in the amount of $100,000.

“I think it’s marvelous,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

The village started talking about updating the plan two years ago. Village Administrator Erin Willrett went to work trying to secure grants to fund any proposed changes and got approval for the smaller amount. Anderson said the board now is in the process of establishing the intergovernmental agreement with CMAP and is talking about planning firms that will help in the process.

Anderson mentioned he’s heard some comments around town from taxpayers letting him know they don’t believe in grants.

“From my seat, these grants are our money, the taxpayers of Elburn,” he said. “(It’s) our money coming back to us. I think this is a tremendous benefit to the village.”