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Article updated: 9/21/2011 5:05 PM

Campton Hills will use meetings to map its future

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Planners and Campton Hills residents have answered the question of where the village is today.

Three meetings are planned to answer the questions of what direction people want the village to head and how the village should get there.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning will lead both meetings; the first is Monday and the second is Oct. 13.

Both will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School St., Campton Hills.

"If (residents) want their voice to be heard, this is the opportunity," said Jason Navota, CMAP senior planner.

CMAP is working with the village to draw up a comprehensive plan, which is a guide to future development. The process could be completed by May 2012. It began in April when residents at a meeting voted via electronic keypad on what they do or don't want for the village.

Monday's format also will include electronic voting and CMAP planners will gauge people's approval levels of nine guiding principles.

"They're designed, basically, to capture people's values," Navota said.

The Oct. 13 meeting will help create a vision for the Wasco Town Center area.

More than 100 people attended the April planning meeting, which was held at the same time as a Chicago Bulls basketball playoff game.

Village President Patsy Smith said she was impressed with that turnout, but not necessarily caught off guard by input offered, such as placing a priority on open space, preserving the rural area and limited government.

"Nothing really seemed to surprise me. It was more of a confirmation of what we expect people wanted," Smith said.

Residents planning on attending a meeting are asked to RSVP by calling village hall at (630) 584-5700 or by emailing rsvp@villageofcamptonhills.org.

Navota said planners will host another meeting in November as well but no date has been set.

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