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Kendall County regional plan commission announces annual workshop meeting date

File photo: Matt Asselmeier, senior planner for Kendall County Planning, Building and Zoning, talks during the committee's regular meeting on Sept. 9 at the county's office building in Yorkville.
File photo: Matt Asselmeier, senior planner for Kendall County Planning, Building and Zoning, talks during the committee's regular meeting on Sept. 9 at the county's office building in Yorkville.

YORKVILLE – Kendall County planning officials have announced the date for their annual workshop meeting and possible topics of discussion for the meeting, including the county's current land use plan.

The Kendall County Regional Planning Commission will hold its annual workshop meeting 9 a.m. Feb. 1 in the County Board room at the county office building, 111 W. Fox St.

County planning officials said in a Thursday, Jan. 2 news release that one of the main objectives for the meeting will be to give members of the public the opportunity to comment on the county's Land Resource Management Plan, including possible suggestions for plan modifications.

The announcement comes after County Board members voted down a proposed amendment to the land use map, following residents of the southern part of the county expressing their concerns about the plan, during an Aug. 27, 2019 County Board meeting.

The conversation surrounding the future land use map as it pertained to Lisbon Township first came up after the Illinois Department of Transportation widened the southern part of Illinois Route 47 to four lanes. According to county officials, the thought was to potentially make the newly-widened roadway a business corridor for the southern part of the county, and the proposed plan would have agriculture-zoned land possibly becoming commercial or mixed use business land.

The commenters' specific concerns about the plan changes included possibly losing land resources, including limestone and land for agriculture, if that proposed zoning change went into effect. Other concerns included how the changes would affect the area's water supply, with nearby wells being shallow currently.

County officials had said having the plan in place with those proposed changes wouldn't mean zoning changes would automatically bypass county zoning change processes.

County planning officials said in the Thursday news release the regional planning commission annual workshop meeting is also an opportunity for county staff, townships, communities, nearby counties, fire districts, school districts, parks and forest preserves, economic development organizations, and area non-profits to share an overview of their activities in 2019 and goals and objectives for 2020.

For additional information, contact Matt Asselmeier, senior planner for Kendall County planning, building and zoning, via phone at 630-553-4139 or via email at masselmeier@co.kendall.il.us.

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