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Kaneland Connection: Elburn open house offers vision of the future

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Elburn residents have an opportunity to shape the village’s vision at an open house for its comprehensive plan. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore St.

Village President Dave Anderson said there will be an unveiling of the new comprehensive land-use plan. Those involved will take information from residents, and the process is expected to be complete in April. According to a post on the village’s website, the plan “revisits and modernizes the recommendations included in the village’s 1990 land use plan and development guide.”

“It’s a vision of what Elburn will be in 20 years,” Anderson said.

The plan comes available for viewing during a time in which Elburn is talking about its future. There has been much discussion about plans for the proposed Elburn Station development, which has the potential to double the village’s population in 20 years. The development is key because it would bring a bridge that offers a crossing of the train tracks which divide the town. More than 100 trains a day pass through the village, leading to delays on Route 47.

But despite the potential to add more residents – and there is potential to build more than just Elburn Station in the next 20 years – Anderson said his vision of Elburn in the future is one that “still will be a small town.”

“I use that term because I think a small-town atmosphere is attitude,” Anderson said.

Residents are invited to provide input. One resident, Tom Gush, said it’s important that the village add a light manufacturing base, something he said is essential to a prosperous Elburn.

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at alagattolla@shawmedia.com.

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