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Wednesday, November 27th, 2013  
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Health Impact Assessment
Kane County Receives LTA Grant to Perform an HIA for a Local Municipality!
Kane County has been awarded a 2014 Local Technical Assistance (LTA) grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to prepare a health impact assessment (HIA) for a Kane County municipality!  Kane County will partner with CMAP to perform the HIA, while also training CMAP staff in the HIA process. When finished, this HIA will serve as an example for the greater Chicago region.

Health impact assessments are an emerging planning tool used to evaluate how a plan, program, or policy will affect the overall health of a population.  An HIA is designed to inform policy makers before a plan, program, or policy is adopted. The topic of study selected by the County and CMAP will be a municipal plan, program, or policy that directly implements CMAP's GO TO 2040 Plan and the Kane County 2040 Plan. 

 Interested in utilizing an HIA in your community?  We'd like to here from you! Please contact the KC Development & Community Services Director Mark VanKerkhoff

Learn more about health impact assessments and future 
opportunities at the Health Impact Project!
Interested in Growing for Kane? We'd Like to Hear from You!
Please Complete Our Interest Form to Stay Informed on Growing for Kane


The Kane County Board's adoption of the Growing for Kane ordinance this past August enables the design of new policies that will be part of the Growing for Kane program, which will be developed over the next year. The purpose of the program will be to increase the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown foods.

The concepts and goals of Growing for Kane are derived from a health impact assessment (HIA) that analyzes the impacts producing and consuming more locally grown foods could have on Kane County. The HIA was completed as a joint effort between the Kane County Health and Development Departments.  


The HIA shows that currently only 0.5% of the County's 192,372 acres of farmland are used to grow fruits and vegetables. Growing for Kane will seek to increase the supply of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy, produced in the county, as well as stimulate demand for local products. 


Although no funds are available at this time, Growing for Kane may include the allocation of funding to stimulate the production of local food. The program will be guided by a Growing for Kane Commission made up of county residents.


If you are interested in staying informed or becoming part of the Growing for Kane program, fill out the interest form here!
Questions or comments please contact Ellen Johnson



Kane County Food & Farms Blog Launches!
Local Foods, Growers, Buyers, Events, Updates and More!


Building upon Kane County's recent efforts related to the local food system, the Development Department launched a new blog earlier this month - Food & Farms: Kane County! This blog will increase awareness 

and keep people apprised of everything concerning local foods and farming in the county.

It is our intention for the blog to be a platform for the various individuals and groups working in agriculture and local foods within Kane County to share their efforts. We welcome guest writers! 


Contact us through the blog, or email Ellen Johnson if you're interested in contributing! ( or

smartgrowthamericaSmart Growth America - Technical Assistance Opportunity
Now is the Time to Apply for a Free Customized Workshop

Smart Growth America is now accepting applications for their 2014 free technical assistance workshops. These workshops range from beginner introductions to advanced implementation strategies.These technical assistance workshops help city and regional leaders identify smart growth solutions to local issues and concerns and provide the tools and training to help local leaders and residents make their communities more prosperous and livable. If your community is interested, the timing is right to apply for one of the 12 technical assistance workshops being offered! The deadline for applications is December 6th.
Click here to learn about all of the workshop options!

Click here to apply for one of the 2014 free technical assistance workshops!
For questions or for further information, please contact Brett Hanlon (
Kane County Planning Cooperative
Brett Hanlon, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3491 - or

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