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Public meeting on Geneva housing plans

Updated: December 1, 2013 6:51AM

The city of Geneva is preparing a long-term housing policy plan, and it is asking residents for their ideas and suggestions on how to address the community’s future housing needs.

The public is invited to attend the “Homes for a Changing Region” community workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Training Room at Geneva’s Public Works Department, 1800 South St.

The forum will identify the city’s housing needs, discuss trends that shape housing supply and demand, and explore how the city can create a balanced mix of housing to serve current and future populations.

The city of Geneva Strategic Plan for 2017 identifies the creation of a housing policy plan as one of its top priorities. The city’s plan is being prepared — along with similar plans for Batavia, St. Charles and North Aurora — with the assistance from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Kane County Development Department, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Metropolitan Planning Council.

The meeting will begin with an overview on the housing analysis prepared for Geneva, followed by small-group discussions in which workshop participants will be able to share ideas on the future of housing in the city and potential strategies to meet housing objectives.

Finally, workshop participants will be asked for their ideas on how a selected “focus area” in Geneva might be redeveloped. Possible land uses and other development characteristics will be discussed.

Residents who cannot attend the workshop can still give their feedback via an online survey at The survey will be available throughout the month of November.

The workshop is sponsored by the city of Geneva with support from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s Local Technical Assistance program.

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