Kendall County looks a ‘unique’ way to deal with growth
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org August 23, 2013 5:32PM
Updated: August 27, 2013 9:55PM
YORKVILLE — Kendall County’s flood of growth in the early 2000s slowed to a trickle in the recent recession.
However, with signs the economy is improving and growth might be picking up again, Kendall County wants to try something unique to be ready.
The County Board has approved applying for a Local Technical Assistance Grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP, to try to put a program together to analyze how each taxing district in the county is ready to absorb new residential growth.
The program would look at growth that is sustainable, and how to get each jurisdiction working together, said Jeff Wilkins, Kendall County administrator. He said the program would particularly get the school districts involved.
“We would all be working together as taxing agencies,” Wilkins said.
The grant would not necessarily be in the form of money, although CMAP might eventually put a monetary value on it. It would be more in the form of technical assistance — CMAP would lend personnel to Kendall County to help them develop their program.
Kendall officials already have put in a pre-application for the grant, which Wilkins said CMAP officials liked. The next step is a tricky one.
Not only is Wilkins looking for the resolution of support endorsed by the County Board, he is looking for similar resolutions from as many taxing bodies in the county as possible.
Wilkins would like to get them all — including cities, schools, fire districts, sanitary districts, drainage districts, townships — no matter how small.
“The challenge here in Illinois is that we have so many taxing districts,” Wilkins said. “CMAP said if we could do it, it would be unique.”