by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLEâ€”From the beginning, Kaneville residents have said that they wanted to have control over their own destiny. Completion of the comprehensive plan brings them one step closer to that goal.
Now that the Kaneville comprehensive plan has been approved, the next step will be to negotiate boundary and land-use agreements with neighboring communities.
Kaneville’s decision to incorporate was mainly driven by Sugar Grove’s 2005 land use plan, which included residential development up to about three-quarters of a mile south of the intersection of Harter and Main Street roads in the heart of Kaneville. Because Kaneville was not an officially incorporated village, it did not have a legal standing to negotiate boundaries with its neighbors.
The 2006 incorporation gave village officials the legal right to negotiate boundary agreements with Sugar Grove and its other neighbors. However, a comprehensive land-use plan that clearly defines its planning areas and uses was essential as a starting point for those discussions.
Feedback from residents during a village open house to discuss the comprehensive plan reinforced citizens’ initial desire to move forward with boundary agreements.
The extraterritorial jurisdictions of the villages of Kaneville and Sugar Grove currently overlap. In addition, planning and extraterritorial jurisdictions of Big Rock, Elburn, Virgil and Maple Park are also very close to, or overlap, land that Kaneville has identified as desirable to include in its planning area.
â€œWe tried to stay within Kaneville Township,â€ Planning Commission Chair Joe White said.
In addition to boundaries, village officials are interested in establishing a â€œno-buildâ€ zone that would maintain an agricultural and open-space landscape between Kaneville and its neighboring communities.
Kaneville’s incorporation also allows village officials to become active participants in the planning for the Prairie Parkway, which is planned for land to the east of the village’s current boundaries. They want to be involved in the design decisions for landscaping, lighting and possible bridges involved in the planning and construction of the highway.