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Campton Hills residents focus on big picture

Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 11:42 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – Monday was a big picture night in Campton Hills.

More than 100 residents gathered at Wasco Elementary School to participate in the first stage of the village’s comprehensive plan process.

The village’s current plan is a blend of Campton Township’s and Kane County’s. This plan for 2025 would be more detailed and reflect the community’s values and vision, Plan Commission chairman Rolf Fredrick said.

Once created, he said, the comprehensive plan will help guide village leaders make decisions regarding land use and will be the basis of village ordinances.

The process should take at least a year, officials said.

Organizers said about 110 people attended the forum.

They voiced their opinions through discussions, during a hands-on map activity and through keypad polling technology.

“It’s just good to get people out and talking about things in a common direction,” village President Patsy Smith said.

Although the content for the comprehensive plan will be generated by residents and other community stakeholders, the village is getting support from other organizations, including Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, to help put that plan into place, Fredrick said.

Fredrick told attendees that Monday’s forum intended to look at big picture issues and not the details, such as road width and asphalt depth.

Attendees had an opportunity to name their No. 1 priority. They included fire protection, retail expansion control, senior living, schools, farmland preservation, protecting wildlife, libraries, bike lanes, recreational facilities and open space. One man said he liked the village as it is.

Smith said the suggestions were great, but she noted the list “kind of makes me nervous because that means we have a lot of work to do.”

Some of the suggestions, such as mosquito abatement and tornado sirens, are not new but would need extra funding to implement, she said.

Another public meeting will be held in the fall. A third might also be planned, officials said.

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