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Lands in Transition

Update: The Lands in Transition ON TO 2050 strategy paper is now available and your feedback is welcome. Send your thoughts, ideas, or questions to

Land use choices have costs and benefits.

Agricultural and natural areas are vital assets in our region, and their value should be weighed carefully when communities consider development opportunities. CMAP is researching strategies for preservation of agricultural, natural, and open lands as well as guidance on where and how to develop previously undeveloped lands to reduce the potential negative impacts of development and support community livability.

ON TO 2050 will provide strategies to help communities develop and conserve land strategically.

The ON TO 2050 development process will explore strategies to develop land strategically while conserving areas that provide critical agricultural and ecosystem services, such as flood control. This process will consider ways to minimize service and infrastructure costs associated with new development while at the same time maximizing land conservation and helping to ensure that the benefits of conservation are shared across the region.

ON TO 2050 should help communities select locally appropriate planning and development approaches that align with community and regional goals of enhanced quality of life as well as environmental and economic sustainability.

Resource group members

As part of its ongoing and iterative research process, CMAP has formed resource groups in order to engage subject-area experts to help shape the plan's initial exploratory analysis. The purpose of the Lands in Transition resource group is to provide input and insights as CMAP develops a strategy paper on effective strategies for both preservation and development of our agricultural, natural, and open lands. Our hope is that this resource group will provide a framework for both members of the group and CMAP staff to inform each other's work.

Resource groups are designed to meet for several months and disband when the strategy paper is completed, at which time the members will be invited to join standing CMAP committees or continue to participate in ongoing activities related to the next comprehensive plan in other ways.

Name Organization
Lenore Beyer-Clow Openlands
Ed Collins McHenry County Conservation District
Lisa Haderlein The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
Janice Hill Kane County Development and Community Services Department
Sarah Knobloch Kinship Foundation
Brad Leibov Liberty Prairie Foundation
Dan Lobbes The Conservation Foundation
Charlie Nordman Village of Huntley
Mike Schwarz Village of Homer Glen
Todd Vanadilok APA - Chicago Metro Section / Teska Associates
Mark Vankerkhoff Kane County Development and Community Services Department

This is your plan.

Continual input by stakeholder organizations and individuals was vital to the development and implementation of GO TO 2040. From now through the next plan's adoption in October 2018 and beyond, CMAP will be engaging a broad cross-section of partners from across the region.

Take a moment to fill out the questions below, and for more information on CMAP's public engagement efforts, please visit

Related Documents

Lands in Transition Strategy Paper

Lands in Transition