Kane County Land Use Plan

Kane County Innovative Land Use Strategy Research

Introduction

Kane County has long sought to use cutting-edge planning policies to achieve land use and development patterns that balance orderly urban development with priority land preservation. Through its Development and Community Services Department, Kane County has implemented strategies to advance its 2040 conceptual land use strategy, which envisions a sustainable pattern of development and growth and conservation. As municipalities have sought to attract infill development, the County has simultaneously worked to preserve land through its Farmland Protection Program. Since 2001, the County has invested Riverboat funds and federal matching funds to protect almost 6,000 acres across several dozen farms. Kane County’s “Growing for Kane” program, adopted in 2013, supports land protection and other incentives for farms of any size throughout the county that are producing food.

Kane County and CMAP are partnering on a Local Technical Assistance project to explore policies and programs that can help foster growth and new investment in previously developed areas of the county while preserving priority lands. The project will look beyond ways to generate additional revenue for current land and easement acquisition programs, looking broadly at new market-based and “transfer of benefits” approaches that can drive land preservation while stimulating development where it is most appropriate. 

Planning process

To identify approaches with strong potential for implementation, CMAP will guide a collaborative process of research, exploration, and knowledge exchange. The main output of the process will be a series of meetings that build towards a culminating symposium, which will result in the identification of a small set of market-based land use strategies with promise for application in the Chicago region and a set of action steps stakeholders could take to advance them. The project’s final report will summarize the completed work and process and identify next steps to advance land use strategies the process explores.

Project timeline

The scope of work is designed to be completed in approximately 8-9 months; however, the timeline can change as the project progresses. All dates are approximate and may be revised.

Public engagement

There will be opportunities for the public to provide input and participate throughout the planning process. Watch this space for updates on opportunities for public input.

Contacts

Janice Hill, Farmland Protection Manager, Kane County (hilljanice@co.kane.il.us or 630-232-3483)

Brian Daly, CMAP Project Manager (bdaly@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8810)

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Kane County Innovative Land Use Strategy Research

Introduction

Kane County has long sought to use cutting-edge planning policies to achieve land use and development patterns that balance orderly urban development with priority land preservation. Through its Development and Community Services Department, Kane County has implemented strategies to advance its 2040 conceptual land use strategy, which envisions a sustainable pattern of development and growth and conservation. As municipalities have sought to attract infill development, the County has simultaneously worked to preserve land through its Farmland Protection Program. Since 2001, the County has invested Riverboat funds and federal matching funds to protect almost 6,000 acres across several dozen farms. Kane County’s “Growing for Kane” program, adopted in 2013, supports land protection and other incentives for farms of any size throughout the county that are producing food.

Kane County and CMAP are partnering on a Local Technical Assistance project to explore policies and programs that can help foster growth and new investment in previously developed areas of the county while preserving priority lands. The project will look beyond ways to generate additional revenue for current land and easement acquisition programs, looking broadly at new market-based and “transfer of benefits” approaches that can drive land preservation while stimulating development where it is most appropriate. 

Planning process

To identify approaches with strong potential for implementation, CMAP will guide a collaborative process of research, exploration, and knowledge exchange. The main output of the process will be a series of meetings that build towards a culminating symposium, which will result in the identification of a small set of market-based land use strategies with promise for application in the Chicago region and a set of action steps stakeholders could take to advance them. The project’s final report will summarize the completed work and process and identify next steps to advance land use strategies the process explores.

Project timeline

The scope of work is designed to be completed in approximately 8-9 months; however, the timeline can change as the project progresses. All dates are approximate and may be revised.

Public engagement

There will be opportunities for the public to provide input and participate throughout the planning process. Watch this space for updates on opportunities for public input.

Contacts

Janice Hill, Farmland Protection Manager, Kane County (hilljanice@co.kane.il.us or 630-232-3483)

Brian Daly, CMAP Project Manager (bdaly@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8810)

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