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April 2016
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awardKCPC Receives National Planning Award

American Planning Association honors KCPC with National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice

American Planning Association photo by Joe Szurszewski

This month the Kane County Planning Cooperative (KCPC) was recognized at the American Planning Association's annual conference as a recipient of a National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice. The awards jury recognized six Achievement Award recipients as examples of good planning work. Some of the other Achievement Award recipients included the City of Los Angeles, Buffalo Niagara Region of New York and Metro Manilla of the Philippines. Kane County was honored collectively with the other recipients during the National Planning Conference awards luncheon. On April 12, 2016 APA Membership Director Karl Schmidt presented the Achievement Award to the Kane County Board, calling the county a "national role model" for "innovative collaboration across county departments."
Launched in 2012, the KCPC serves as the county's interdepartmental working group tasked with carrying out the Kane County 2040 Plan, "Healthy People, Healthy Living, Healthy Communities." The KCPC consists of planning practitioners representing the county's health, transportation and development departments, ensuring that community health is at the core of land use and transportation planning projects. In addition to hosting policy and training workshops, the KCPC works directly with municipal jurisdictions providing staff support for local planning projects. With over 1,200 subscribers, the Cooperative monthly newsletter is a resource for planning practitioners across the region, sharing training workshops, grant opportunities and highlights of recent publications.
For more information about the county's National Achievement Award or the Planning Cooperative, contact Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner with the Development and Community Services Department. 

floodIs Your Community Flood Ready?

Software training on Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE)

Kane County's Stormwater Ordinance requires permits for the repair or reconstruction of flood damaged structures-which means local officials should inspect every flood damaged building and calculate the cost of repairs. Is your community equipped to meet this requirement? The Kane County Division of Environmental & Water Resources and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold a FREE training session on how to use the Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) Software to help communities provide timely substantial damage determinations after a flood.

Who should attend?
  • Community Certified Stormwater administrators
  • Building Inspectors completing damage assessments
  • Emergency Management personnel involved in flood relief
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Kane County Government Center
Building A - Auditorium (Room 105)
719 South Batavia Ave.
Geneva, IL 60134 

Refreshments will be served. RSVP requested by April 11th to Cecilia Govrik at 630-208-8665 or govrikcecilia@co.kane.il.us


Three-day course on Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

The Conservation Fund is sponsoring a 3-day training course for community-based teams that will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home!
The course will run May 3-5, 2016 in Shepherdstown, WV at the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) at 698 Conservation Way.
Who Should Attend
Participants will attend this course in teams of 4-7 members comprised of local business representatives / tourism councils, civic leaders, public land managers, and others in public service roles. The team make-up should reflect a cross-section and unique character of the community!
Just as each team is unique, so is their starting place! While some teams have been working together for years and come to the course with a specific project in mind, many others are meeting for the first time together, share a passion for their area, but don't yet know how best to execute their vision. The action-planning process threading throughout the course is designed to work with all types of communities / teams, no matter where you are on the continuum!
Each team must submit a team application. Whether you have questions about the course or need assistance in forming a team, please feel free to contact Katie Allen (kallen@conservationfund.org | 304-876-7925) or Kendra Briechle (kbriechle@conservationfund.org | 703-908-5817). Visit the event page to learn more and download the team application.

healthMeasuring How Transportation Affects Health

Webinar demonstrates the use of a new Health Tool developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation

The American Public Health Association recorded a webinar on March 22, 2016 introducing a new Transportation and Health Tool, which gives practitioners a way to examine the health impacts of transportation systems. Released in the fall of 2015 by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with support from APHA, the tool uses 14 transportation and health indicators to measure how transportation affects health. The tool also proposes strategies, interventions and policies to improve health outcomes.

The webinar covers:
  • How the tool was developed
  • What information is in the tool
  • How to apply the information you can learn from the tool
  • The value of the Transportation and Health Tool
For additional information and to play the recorded webinar, visit the APHA's program page.

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3493 
tansleymatthew@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us