IMAP-Sample Report | November 2005
Client: City of Aledo
The Illinois Municipal Assistance Program (IMAP) is a program designed and developed by the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University to help Illinois municipalities assess and strengthen their governance and management practices so that they can compete more effectively for economic development. The City of Aledo took part in the IMAP in the fall of 2005.
This report is intended to provide basic information regarding the forms of analysis and findings of the Belvidere Growth Management Study (Study) conducted for the City of Belvidere (City) by the Center for Governmental Studies/Regional Development Institute at Northern Illinois University (CGS). Although the Study contains a wide range of information that may be valuable for growth management in general, it focuses specifically on a primary element of growth management planning - development impact fees. The Study itself represents a detailed analysis of projected impacts of land development on various municipal functions including general governmental facilities, selected elements of the arterial roadway network, selected elements of the water system, and wastewater treatment. Literally hundreds of thousands of individual calculations were required to produce Study output. As a result, the reader should view this written report a comprehensive executive summary rather than a detailed step-by-step explanation of data gathering procedures and analytical methodology. Data for the Study were collected through a variety of means including review of memoranda, existing reports, and plans; and interviews
Typically, communities have land use plans and development regulations that promote conventionally designed residential subdivisions, commercial areas, and office/ industrial parks. The current economic environment makes it particularly important for communities to have adequate background knowledge to consider new approaches to land use planning - approaches that can produce plans that will enhance the environment, the economy, and quality of life. Contemporary techniques for land use planning such as geographic information systems (GIS) and land capacity modeling (LCM) can allow communities to make mistakes on paper rather than on the landscape. The Blackberry Creek Alternative Futures Fiscal Study explores the relationship between environmentally sensitive “green” land development and fiscally responsible land development.
The Boone Creek Growth Management Study analyzes potential land development techniques within a portion of the Boone Creek watershed and presents alternative scenarios for that development. The basic hypothesis behind the study is that there is a positive relationship between environmentally sensitive land development and fiscally responsible land development. Although the analytical techniques applied in support of the study are capable of generating data for a broad range of variables associated with land development practices, this effort focuses primarily on the analysis of impervious surface as a factor representative of environmental conditions and fiscal impact analysis as a representation of balanced economic growth.
This report summarizes the projected fiscal impact of approved and future residential, commercial, office/research, and industrial development (Development) on four local public service providers. The service units addressed in this report are the City of Sycamore (City) and three other public service units: Sycamore Community Unit School District #427 (District #427), the Sycamore Park District (Park District), and the Sycamore Public Library (Library); collectively referred to as the Service Units. For each unit, public revenues that would be generated as a result of the Development and costs associated with providing public services are projected for a 10 year period.
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