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foxFabulous Fox! Water Trail Organizers Seek Public Input

Participate in a public open house to learn about and comment on the The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail

Geneva, Illinois   The Core Development Team (CDT) of the Fabulous Fox! River Water Trail will be hosting several workshops in June sharing the results of their efforts with volunteers who have paddled the river collecting data. The CDT will display maps of the trail identifying the access sites and amenities, and information about journeys on segments of the river. The CDT will also be seeking input from paddlers and others familiar with the river to review the information collected and share additional information that would help paddlers enjoy safe and pleasant experiences. The CDT will then do a gap analysis and provide recommendations to public landowners including county and municipal governments.

Three Illinois workshops have been scheduled with plans to hold a fourth one in an additional community along the river. Currently scheduled workshops:

Monday, June 17 - Geneva at Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave.
Monday, June 24 - Yorkville at Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Parkway
Friday, June 28 - McHenry at City of McHenry Rec Center, 333 S. Green St.

The Fabulous Fox! River Water Trail has been in development for several years with organizers from two states working with the National Park Service, SE Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

Please join us at the workshop closest to you to learn and share.

For more information, visit our developing website at https://fabulousfoxwatertrail.org/ or Karen Miller at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us (630)232-3418.

cyberCybersecurity Event

Kane County to host cybersecurity event for manufacturing leaders

Kane County will host a June 19 cybersecurity seminar targeted to manufacturers who are or want to be defense contractors and subcontractors.

The event - cosponsored by Kane County and numerous partners, including Chicago Metro Metal Consortium, Chicago Regional Growth Corporation, Illinois Defense Network, IMEC and others - will help companies identify cybersecurity risks as well as how to address and resolve potential security threats aimed at your products, customers and employees.

When: June 19th, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Where: Valley Industrial Association - Education Center - 2000 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL

  • 8 a.m. - Networking Breakfast and Check-in
  • 8:30 a.m. - Opening: Representatives from local organizations
  • 8:45 a.m. - Risk Management Overview
  • 9:15 a.m. - Cyber Security: What Are Your Risks? Identify - Protect - Detect - Respond - Recover
  • 10 a.m. - Break
  • 10:30 a.m. - Organizational Risk Identification: Table Top Exercise: Assess Company Risks and Identify Actions for Mitigation
  • 11:30 a.m. - Start Defending Against Cyber Risks Today: Closing and Cybersecurity Consideration for Initial Implementation
  • 12 p.m. - Networking Lunch
  • Cost: $50 per person.  Registration includes light breakfast, lunch and training materials
  • Contact Name: Emily Lee, IMEC Program & Partner Relations Coordinator
  • Contact Phone: (309) 677-4633
  • Contact Email: elee@imec.org
Visit the event page to register for the event. For additional details, Kane County Connects published a recent article on the event. 

recycleAnnual Recycling Extravaganza

Kane County hosts Annual Recycling Extravaganza July 13th

Kane County is once again hosting an annual recycling extravaganza event on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 from 8am - 12 noon, at 540 S Randall Road in St. Charles. This event DOES NOT include shredding. Please see the EVENT POSTER for more details, and please read below information to make the most of your event experience!

Tips for optimal event experience
  1. Please arrive between the hours of 8am and 11:45am for optimal service. Please do not arrive early, as it creates a pile up before we even begin. Thank you.
  2. It is recommended that you approach on the North-bound side of Randall, coming up from 38 towards 64, so that you can easily turn right, into the event at the Kane County Traffic Court building. If you approach on the South-bound side of Randall, you may have difficulty turning left into the event site across the oncoming traffic, and the lineup creates a traffic flow problem on Randall.
  3. Please check out this MAP of the event to see the order in which things will be unloaded so that you can pack your car accordingly. This helps us to serve you more efficiently.
  4. Stop into Colonial Café for brunch after recycling!

There will be NO Confidential Document Shredding at this event. See August 10 & September 14.



  • TVs and Computer Monitors have a recycling fee paid directly to the non-profit recycler ($25 for screens under 21" - measured diagonally across the screen, or $35 for screens 21" and over), payable by the resident with cash or card.
  • Paint has a recycling fee per container, payable by the resident with cash or check (Latex is $3/gal, oil is $8/gal).
Please go to: www.countyofkane.org/recycling for more information, or contact Jennifer Jarland, Kane County's Recycling Program Coordinator at recycle@countyofkane.org or 630-208-3841 with any questions.

solarSmart Solar Siting Webinar

Designing solar land use laws that protect productive farmland

The American Farmland Trust is hosting a webinar to share lessons on writing 
solar land use laws that permit solar development while protecting productive farmland. Examples of Smart Solar Siting laws from municipalities in New York as well as tools municipalities can use to support farm operations and keep land in agriculture will be shared. 

The webinar will be held on Monday, June 17th from 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT. It is free to join and participants can register here

streetmixStreetmix Civic Engagement Tool

Civic engagement tool allows communities to 
visualize street design

Streetmix allows users to create a hypothetical street, with options for driving lanes, bus lanes, bike lanes, scooter lanes, streetcars, sidewalks, parking, trees, parklets and benches, wayfinding signs and much more. What's more, they can do it without any technical knowledge and from the comfort of home, which means that residents can make their voices heard from anywhere.

Creator and urban designer, Lou Huang, was inspired to develop the platform after attending a community meeting about redesigning a San Francisco street. The idea behind the web tool is to better engage residents in the planning process, giving neighbors and planning officials alike a way to easily generate street design concepts. Cities across the country, including Reno Nevada, have used the platform to solicit street design concepts from residents as part of their community planning processes. 

With Streetmix you can put your street design concepts to the test.

zonesWebinar: Opportunity Zones

Webinar recording addresses "Unlocking Opportunity Zones for Equitable Outcomes"

The Opportunity Zones program may be the largest and most significant federal community development initiative in U.S. history, with trillions of dollars in new private investment about to flow into pre-designated low-income communities around the country.

The question is whether these investments will benefit the people living in these communities, or will residents be displaced as new interest and development brings increased property values and rents?

The Smart Growth Network held this webinar on Opportunity Zones on  June 4, 2019, featuring Christopher Coes, Vice President for Real Estate Policy and External Affairs at Smart Growth America and Director of LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, and Stephanie Gidigbi, Director of Policy and Partnerships with the Healthy People and Thriving Communities Program at Natural Resources Defense Council. 

See the January 2019 edition of the KCPC Newsletter for a piece on the potential impact of Opportunity Zones in northeastern Illinois. 

The webinar recording is available at Smart Growth Online

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

Kane County Planning Cooperative, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
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