A Comprehensive Plan for Campton Hills
The Village of Campton Hills adopted a comprehensive plan on August 21, 2012. The Village possesses unique assets that provide a high quality of life for its residents, who have expressed a desire to protect the natural resources and rural character of the community. Consisting primarily of residences, open space, and agricultural land, the Village lies on the edge of the Chicago metropolitan region: bordered on the east by the river towns of St. Charles, Elgin, and Geneva, and to the west by smaller villages surrounded by an expanse of agricultural land. The Village is intent on protecting its assets and character for current and future residents. An updated comprehensive plan will provide the context in which decisions affecting the future of Campton Hills can be made with some certainty that they will achieve the long-term goals and vision of the community.
While the Village currently has a comprehensive plan and land use ordinances in place, these are largely adopted from other jurisdictions (Campton Township and Kane County) and they do not reflect the current realities, challenges, and opportunities of the Village. As a result, the Village of Campton Hills sought out technical assistance from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to create and adopt a single, stand-alone comprehensive plan containing all of the Village policies and a plan for its future.
Campton Hills has undertaken a number of studies and planning initiatives over the past few years, mainly focused on the protection and preservation of its natural resources and assets. The new comprehensive plan will build upon these initiatives, bringing them together to help shape a more cohesive, community-wide plan. The community's physical, economic, and social character will be determined by decisions made today and in the future. Having a plan that articulates the desired character of the community will help at all levels of the decision-making process. This plan will serve as a guide for elected officials, municipal staff, community residents, business owners, and potential investors, allowing them to make informed administrative and implementation choices in community development decisions affecting land use, transportation, infrastructure, and capital improvements, throughout the Village.
The third phase of public engagement was an Open House format, which was held in the Community Room of Wasco Elementary School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012. With no formal presentation during this open house, nearly 60 attendees --including elected officials, residents, and business owners -- dropped by to review and comment on the draft comprehensive plan's recommendations.
In addition to the May Open House, the public has had multiple opportunities to participate in this planning process. In May, 2011, the public contributed during the first phase of the comprehensive plan by attending the kick-off meeting to discuss issues that the plan should address. In September, 2011, residents and stakeholders attended a visioning workshop at Wasco Elementary School to share their ideas about how the Village should look in the future.
Patsy Smith, Village President, (firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-584-5700)
Project News Coverage
Campton Hills could vote to establish its objectives, Kane County Chronicle, July 17, 2012.
Open house for village plan set in Campton Hills, Kane County Chronicle, May 17, 2012.
‘Vision' for Campton Hills getting closer, Daily Herald, January 15, 2012.
Campton Hills plan to avoid ‘piecemeal' development, Daily Herald, November 14, 2011.
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