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Campton Hills land use plans continue

Published: Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 5:30 a.m. CDT

CAMPTON HILLS – Given four color-coded village maps depicting various land use scenarios, Campton Hills stakeholders Thursday night continued to plan for the future.

This workshop was the latest in a series that began in May as the village worked to revise its comprehensive plan.

So far, the input has produced nine village principles that address such topics as community character, open space and natural resources, water resources, managed change, village centers and community services.

These community values will guide the rest of the planning process, said Jason Navota, senior planner with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

A draft plan is expected to be presented in the spring, he said.

Thursday, residents took the “bold plunge into looking at land use maps,” said David Yocca of Conservation Design Forum Inc.

The maps presented four scenarios that included different mixes of residential, agriculture, open space, commercial space, town center space and areas for concepts labeled conservation neighborhood, conservation agriculture and conservation village.

Under these conservation concepts, Yocca said, the land would be developed in a way to conserve natural resources.

Attendees were quick to ask questions about specifics on the maps and about topics unrelated to the night’s purpose.

Yocca reminded them to look at the big picture and stressed that the maps were intended to generate discussion.

“This is a very rough step,” he said. “I want you to keep that in mind.”

Scott Goldstein of Teska Associates said the same was true for the two town center and Wasco concept plans he presented.

“Don’t take it too literally,” he said.

Attendees provided feedback by placing stickers on the maps they liked the most, by deciding how each carried out the village’s principles and, in some cases, by writing comments directly on the maps.

Village President Patsy Smith said the maps presented Thursday will be posted on the village’s website.

She said that she had hoped more people would have attended the workshops but liked that a good core group continued to participate.

Those that couldn’t attend but want to contribute may submit feedback at RSVP@villageofcamptonhills.org or stop by the village hall, she said.

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