Village may revise long-range land-use plan

By on November 26, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—A new or revised comprehensive plan is a project that Elburn officials may tackle next year, to make the document reflect residents’ current vision for village growth.

The village created the existing comprehensive plan in the 1990s.

To do the best comprehensive plan update, the village would “start from scratch,” Assistant Village Administrator David Morrison said during Monday’s Development Committee meeting.

The process would include holding public hearings to hear residents’ views about long-range land-use.

Committee member Gordon Dierschow is concerned about the expense of a new plan.

“It’s going to cost quite a bit to rewrite the whole thing,” Dierschow said.

The cost of the project will depend upon the extent of the re-write that the Village Board wants, Morrison said.

If the board decides that the village should produce a new comprehensive plan, it will be a significant project in terms of village officials’ and staff’s time commitment, Morrison said. The project would require assessing new data from the Kane County Development and Transportation departments, he added.

Committee member Ken Anderson, a village trustee, believes revising the plan would be more practical and less costly than creating an entirely new document.

“The language is all there,” Anderson said. “We can work with the Planning Commission to create a more current document.”

Anderson added that a revision would be the most cost-effective option.

The Planning Commission will discuss options for the comprehensive plan at future meetings. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Residents can see the current comprehensive plan at Village Hall or on the village website,