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Officials mapping out future land use in Elburn

ELBURN – Looking over a color-coded map showing projected land use for areas of Elburn, trustees continued to fine-tune that vision at Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting.

An official from the firm helping to create that vision aims to have the plans finalized by next week’s Village Board meeting.

The village is updating its comprehensive plan, a task that was one of two major items on Monday’s agenda. Plans for the village’s budget also are taking shape as village leaders look forward one week after clearing the way for the Elburn Station development.

Carrie Hansen, the director of planning and government relations for Images Inc., handed out revised copies of the land-use plan Monday. Among the highlights – the area of Route 47 south of the downtown area, which previously had been zoned for single-family homes, now is zoned commercial. She said she will adjust the village boundary lines to reflect the annexation of the Elburn Station property. And she and board members went over details on the zoning for the area near Village Hall, with some trustees wondering why there was zoning for multifamily homes in the area.

Another item presented by Hansen was the village’s population estimate, which states that, if the comprehensive plan were carried out as zoned, the village’s population would be 41,737. The village’s existing population is listed at 5,602. With the plans for Elburn Station and other likely growth, that number could reach 17,432, perhaps over the next 20 years.

An additional 24,305 is projected as long-term expansion area growth, but that reflects land that is zoned for residential use. But it is what the plan calls for.

“Quite honestly, looking at 41,737 is a little sobering,” said Hansen, adding that “it doesn’t mean you are ever going to be that big.”

“The numbers are possible if this plan is realized,” she said.

Trustee Bill Grabarek, who played a key role in driving discussion on the Elburn Station plan, went over a list of “nits” to be worked out. He did the same in the Elburn Station discussions, cleaning up language and making sure all words meant what they were supposed to mean. Hansen said the plan is to be used “as a road map,” something that can be updated and changed.

Grabarek stressed it was the village’s first update to the plan in more than 20 years, and he added that the village is going through a critical period.

“I would prefer the comprehensive land-use plan be without nits and be more precise,” Grabarek said.

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