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Local workshops on ‘Homes for a Changing Region’ start this week

Updated: July 4, 2013 6:07AM

Anyone interested in the area’s housing stock is invited to attend a series of workshops being held during June in several northeastern Kane County towns.

Justine Reisinger, communications associate for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, said the efforts are part of the Homes for a Changing Region project that CMAP is working on with Carpentersville, Elgin, East Dundee and West Dundee in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.

“The Homes planning process is a proactive, market-based planning approach to help communities meet future housing supply and demand needs at the local and sub-regional levels,” Reisinger said.

Reisinger said there will be a presentation to the Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission on the homes planning process 7 p.m. at Monday at city hall.

“We will also hold community workshops open to the public in each of the four participating communities this coming month,” she said.” Both the Carpentersville and Elgin workshops will be bilingual due to the communities’ significant Latino populations.”

According to information at, there have been similar collaborative efforts in three other suburban Chicago areas.

The site states, “Come learn about your community and give us your input on what you would like to change or preserve.”

The initiative will help municipal leaders chart future demand and supply trends for housing in their communities and develop long-term housing policy plans. And at the workshops, residents will be encouraged to help the towns with this process.

“This is a community planning effort, and the end result is something the village can work with to improve our community,” Carpentersville Assistant Village Manager Joe Wade recently told The Courier-News.

At the workshops, people will be invited to view maps showing the different types of housing developments and where the expected residential growth likely will occur.

Participants will be asked use color-coded stickers to denote the areas that should be changed, left the same or rehabbed. They also will be asked to take a visual preference survey, where they will be shown photos of a mix of housing types from the around the country, including single-family homes, two-flats and condominiums.

The point of the exercises will be to get people to think about where they’d like to see change housing changes occur and where they’d like thing to be preserved, according to Jonathan Burch, associate planner at CMAP.

Meetings coming

The East Dundee workshop is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the Village Hall Annex, 120 Barrington Ave..

The Carpentersville meeting will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the Public Works Building, 1075 Tamarac Drive.

The West Dundee session will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Public Safety Center II, 100 Carrington Drive.

The offering in Elgin will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at The Centre in the Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way.

With staff reports

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