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5 Kane County Communities Receive Plan Commissioner Training

meeting room with people sitting at tables listening to speaker at the front of the room

Commissioners from Elburn, Campton Hills, Kaneville, Maple Park, and Sugar Grove attended a Plan Commissioner Training workshop that was hosted by the Village of Elburn. APA-IL and DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute presented the session on March 27, 2019. Fourteen people attended the workshop, including the commissioners and staff. Bob Sullivan, FAICP and Courtney Kashima, AICP were the trainers for the 102nd workshop.

Commissioners are asked to complete a short, anonymous evaluation form at the end of every session. It includes several open ended questions. In answer to one question, the commissioners commented that the most helpful topics were: how the comprehensive plan integrates with other codes and ordinances, ethics, the necessity for comp plan, bylaws, staff reports, ex parte, Open Meetings Act, hearings, commission standards for special use and variances. Other comments from commissioners on the evaluation forms included:

  • Well-structured session

  • Would like to learn more about grants

  • Have them more often, I will bring the entire Planning Commission.

  • Thank you – great presentation!

  • It did go a little long, but it was OK because it was interesting.

Thank you to the Village of Elburn for hosting this training.

(Photo courtesy John Nevenhoven, Elburn Village Administrator)


Plan Commissioner Training News & Notes:

"Chaddick at 25" + Recognizing 100 Plan Commissioner Training Workshops

Celebrate with the Chaddick Institute as they dedicate a new space on April 17, 2019! As part of the celebration, they will also recognize our Plan Commissioner Training Program's milestone of completing 100 workshops & the Training Faculty led by Michael Blue, FAICP & Laurie Marston, FAICP. Please RSVP.

Save-the-date for the 2019 APA-IL State Conference!

We're excited to be back in Evanston, IL at the Hilton Orrington, September 25-27, 2019. We will be holding an all-day Plan Commissioner Training on September 26th. This all-day training is great for commissioners that have and have not been through our evening training. The training is split into a morning of general information, a networking lunch with fellow commissioners and trainers, an afternoon mock hearing to put your knowledge to the test, followed by an evening cocktail hour. Stay tuned to the APAIL19 webpage for more details!

Want to know how we can customize training for your officials?

Visit the Plan Commissioner Training website and contact the APA-IL Planning Officials Development Officer, Michael Blue, FAICP at

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