Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan

May 31, 2018

Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan

POSTPONED: The public open house scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

After decades of gravel mining, several parcels of land along the IL Route 31 corridor will soon become suitable for restoration and development. These sites are located along the boundary between the Villages of Algonquin and Cary alongside several unincorporated areas. CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program and the Villages of Algonquin and Cary are collaborating to develop a subarea plan that will establish a long term vision for the mining sites and surrounding area and recommend strategies for land use and development, environmental protection, recreation, transportation, and utility infrastructure.

Building on recent planning efforts in Downtown Algonquin as well as the Village of Cary’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan, the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan will also evaluate project phasing and implementation strategies. These could include, but are not limited to utility coordination and economic development partnerships (such as a tax sharing agreement) that will be beneficial to both communities. The project will be founded on robust community engagement to ensure that the end product is driven by the needs and vision of the community, including residents, business owners, property owners, and other community stakeholders.

Project Timeline

All dates are approximate and may be revised depending on time requested by project partners to accommodate additional community outreach or time to review interim deliverables.

Public Engagement

There will be numerous opportunities for the public to provide input and participate throughout the planning process. The Villages of Algonquin and Cary, in partnership with CMAP, will embark on a series of workshops and meetings with various community stakeholders and residents and incorporate local input to the planning process. 

Upcoming Activities

POSTPONED: The public open house, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed until further notice due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus). CMAP is monitoring the situation closely and will communicate a new date for the event when it is chosen.

Upcoming Activities

Community Engagement (August-September 2019)

CMAP staff solicited feedback from the public at the Algonquin Summer Concert Series (8/1/19), Cary National Night Out (8/6/19), and Cary Main Street Fest (9/14/19). Participants learned about the planning process and voiced support for amenities to support recreation and entertainment.
 

Online Survey

CMAP developed an online survey for the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan in order to engage a broader audience on what they would like the mining sites and surrounding area to be in the future. The survey encouraged residents to provide feedback on themes, strategies, and their vision for the subarea. In total, 871 residents completed the survey, which was open for comment from April 22, 2019 to June 3, 2019.

 

Visioning Workshop (May 15, 2019)

A public visioning workshop for the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan was held on May 15, 2019, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Algonquin. The workshop began with a brief presentation by CMAP staff to provide an overview of the planning process and key findings from the existing conditions phase. Then participants divided into three groups in which they responded to a series of questions outlined in a discussion guide. Participants discussed ideas related to the environment, parks, recreation, economic development, and transportation. The groups then took part in a mapping activity where they used examples of different development, preservation, and open space options to develop a vision for the planning area.

 

Community Workshop (July 23, 2018)

A public workshop was held on July 23, 2018, at Cary Park District Community Center. CMAP staff presented the purpose of the subarea plan, introduced the project team, and gave an overview of the planning process. CMAP staff then facilitated a small-group activity to hear from residents and other participants on the strengths, issues, and potential projects for the planning area. Some key themes that emerged from this activity include recreation, environmental protection, development opportunities on Route 31 and Klasen Road, noise, light, and parking management to reduce nuisance to neighbors, and trail connections. 

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May 31, 2018

Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan

POSTPONED: The public open house scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

After decades of gravel mining, several parcels of land along the IL Route 31 corridor will soon become suitable for restoration and development. These sites are located along the boundary between the Villages of Algonquin and Cary alongside several unincorporated areas. CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) Program and the Villages of Algonquin and Cary are collaborating to develop a subarea plan that will establish a long term vision for the mining sites and surrounding area and recommend strategies for land use and development, environmental protection, recreation, transportation, and utility infrastructure.

Building on recent planning efforts in Downtown Algonquin as well as the Village of Cary’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan, the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan will also evaluate project phasing and implementation strategies. These could include, but are not limited to utility coordination and economic development partnerships (such as a tax sharing agreement) that will be beneficial to both communities. The project will be founded on robust community engagement to ensure that the end product is driven by the needs and vision of the community, including residents, business owners, property owners, and other community stakeholders.

Project Timeline

All dates are approximate and may be revised depending on time requested by project partners to accommodate additional community outreach or time to review interim deliverables.

Public Engagement

There will be numerous opportunities for the public to provide input and participate throughout the planning process. The Villages of Algonquin and Cary, in partnership with CMAP, will embark on a series of workshops and meetings with various community stakeholders and residents and incorporate local input to the planning process. 

Upcoming Activities

POSTPONED: The public open house, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, has been postponed until further notice due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus). CMAP is monitoring the situation closely and will communicate a new date for the event when it is chosen.

Upcoming Activities

Community Engagement (August-September 2019)

CMAP staff solicited feedback from the public at the Algonquin Summer Concert Series (8/1/19), Cary National Night Out (8/6/19), and Cary Main Street Fest (9/14/19). Participants learned about the planning process and voiced support for amenities to support recreation and entertainment.
 

Online Survey

CMAP developed an online survey for the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan in order to engage a broader audience on what they would like the mining sites and surrounding area to be in the future. The survey encouraged residents to provide feedback on themes, strategies, and their vision for the subarea. In total, 871 residents completed the survey, which was open for comment from April 22, 2019 to June 3, 2019.

 

Visioning Workshop (May 15, 2019)

A public visioning workshop for the Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan was held on May 15, 2019, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Algonquin. The workshop began with a brief presentation by CMAP staff to provide an overview of the planning process and key findings from the existing conditions phase. Then participants divided into three groups in which they responded to a series of questions outlined in a discussion guide. Participants discussed ideas related to the environment, parks, recreation, economic development, and transportation. The groups then took part in a mapping activity where they used examples of different development, preservation, and open space options to develop a vision for the planning area.

 

Community Workshop (July 23, 2018)

A public workshop was held on July 23, 2018, at Cary Park District Community Center. CMAP staff presented the purpose of the subarea plan, introduced the project team, and gave an overview of the planning process. CMAP staff then facilitated a small-group activity to hear from residents and other participants on the strengths, issues, and potential projects for the planning area. Some key themes that emerged from this activity include recreation, environmental protection, development opportunities on Route 31 and Klasen Road, noise, light, and parking management to reduce nuisance to neighbors, and trail connections. 

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Contacts

Contacts

Brian Simmons, Community Development Director, Village of Cary (bsimmons@caryillinois.com)

Russell Farnum, Community Development Director, Village of Algonquin (RussellFarnum@algonquin.org)

Kate Evasic, CMAP Project Manager (kevasic@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8782)

Contacts

Brian Simmons, Community Development Director, Village of Cary (bsimmons@caryillinois.com)

Russell Farnum, Community Development Director, Village of Algonquin (RussellFarnum@algonquin.org)

Kate Evasic, CMAP Project Manager (kevasic@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8782)

Algonquin-Cary Subarea Plan Existing Conditions Report