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Kane County Development Department Records


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Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Department Administration

Planning Programs and Studies

Planning and Legislation

Other Planning Agencies and Organizations

Series Addendum

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Box 12

Box 13

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Collection Overview

Title: Kane County Development Department Records, 1950-1980

ID: RHC/RC/164

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet


The collection is organized into four series: Department Administration, Planning Programs and Studies, Planning Aids and Legislation, and Other Planning Agencies and Organizations.

The Planning Programs and Studies series. This series is arranged into eight subject subseries. Subjects covered are Zoning, Transportation, Water, Sanitation, Soil, Social Programs, General Development, and Published Studies. The last subseries, Published Studies, has been arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 07/13/1983. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Airports, Aurora (Ill.), Batavia (Ill.), Blackberry Center, Burlington  (Ill.), Carpentersville (Ill.), Cook County (Ill.), DeKalb County (Ill), Dundee (Ill.), DuPage County (Ill), Economic development., Elburn (Ill), Elgin (Ill.), Flood control., Fox River Valley (Wis. and Ill.), Geneva (Ill.), Gilberts (Ill.), Hampshire (Ill.), Hospitals, Kane County (Ill), Kane County Development Department, Kaneland (Ill.), Kendall County (Ill), Lake County (Ill), Land use, Maple Park (Ill.), McHenry County (Ill), Middlebury (Ill.), Montgomery (Ill.), Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, Northfield (Ill.), Sanitary engineering., Sewage disposal., Sleepy Hollow (Ill.), Soil conservation, St. Charles (Ill.), Suburbs, Sugar Grove (Ill.), Transportation, Valley View (Ill.), Water conservation, Wayne (Ill.), West Valley (Ill.), Winnebago County (Ill)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The material in this collection came from the background and informational files of two directors of the Kane County Development Department, Thornton “Tony” Ware and Frank Olson.  In general, the material covers the years between 1960 and 1980.  However, some of the files date as far back as 1957 and the creation of the department.

Department Administration deals with the business and staff workings in the Development Department.  Such information as annual reports, budgets, and correspondence to the county clerk about salaries and promotions is included in this series.  Folder one has resolutions and short histories summarizing the establishment of the department.  Also, in this folder are memoranda containing statements of development policy.

The bulk of the collection is in the Planning Programs and Studies series.  This series is arranged into eight subject subseries.  Subjects covered are Zoning, Transportation, Water, Sanitation, Soil, Social Programs, General Development, and Published Studies.  Zoning for cities in Kane County are followed by county zoning ordinances and policies.  Counties other than Kane are included.  Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) progress reports can be found in the Transportation subseries.  A cassette tape recording of a 1968 airport zoning commission meeting is included in the airport zoning folder.  Flood mapping and water supply information are in the Water subseries.  The open-file reports contain maps.  Maps for some areas outside of Kane County are included in this subseries.  Sanitation covers sewer system plans and refuse disposal plans.  Land use and conservation materials are in the Soil subseries.  The term Open Space refers to land set aside for park and recreational purposes.  All other interests are covered in the Social Programs subseries.  This includes information on hospitals, schools, pollution, and civil defense.  Minutes of the Kane County Planning Commission are in the General Development subseries.  Also in this subseries are comprehensive planning studies conducted for various cities and the county of Kane.  The county study was a four year program of reevaluation and reports.  It was accomplished with the aid of Barton-Aschman consultants.  The last subseries, Published Studies, has been arranged chronologically.

The third series, Planning Aids and Legislation, contains pamphlets and books on how to plan for development and what grants are available to fund such planning.

In Other Planning Agencies and Organizations, Federal agencies are followed by state agencies concerned with planning and development.  In the case of the Board of Economic Development, which becomes the Department of Business and Economic Development, its interests do not change, although the name does.  Minutes of Lake and McHenry Counties’ planning commissions are in this series.  The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission makes up the bulk of this series.  Records for the NIPC include annual meeting minutes, minutes of advisory committees, copies of the commissioner’s report and the NIPC Planning Legislation Bulletin.  The series ends with newsletters from the regional chapter of the American Institute of Planners (AIP) and the National Association of Counties (NACO).  For more information on the NIPC and its activities, the Regional History Center does have that organization’s records in a separate collection.

The addendum includes department files and correspondence, city and town reports and plans, the West Valley/Blackberry Project, and NIPC and other agencies reports.

Collection Historical Note

In June of 1957, the Kane County Board of Supervisors resolved to set up a committee of three men. This committee was charged with the duty of developing an overall county plan. It was meant to work with the Building and Zoning Committee whose chairman was Mr. Carl Carlson. A year later, in September 1958, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution that created the Kane County Regional Planning Commission. The commission consisted of twelve men and reported to the Planning Committee. Carl Carlson became the county’s first planning director. The commission was in charge of development for the whole county. In 1962, the Board of Supervisors established set rules and procedures for the election of planning commission officers and commission membership guidelines. The 1958 resolution, however, marks the establishment of what today is the Kane County Development Department.

Carl Carlson was planning director only for two years. In 1960, Mr. Thornton "Tony" Ware was hired to replace Mr. Carlson. Thornton Ware came from the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and remained Kane County’s Planning director until 1968. Mr. Carlson remained with the department as chief planner and assistant to the director. Mr. Frank Olson, who started with the department as a draftsman, eventually became chief planner and, then, planning director after Mr. Ware retired.

Kane County is part of the Chicago Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. It had been paying the Chicago Planning Commission a yearly fee to be included in their plans, when the Board of Supervisors was persuaded to establish a county planning commission. Contact with Chicago area developers continued, especially after Thornton Ware was hired. Mr. Paul Opperman and Mr. Matthew Rockwell, both executive directors of the NIPC, are correspondents whose letters are found throughout the collection.

Subject/Index Terms

Aurora (Ill.)
Batavia (Ill.)
Blackberry Center
Burlington  (Ill.)
Carpentersville (Ill.)
Cook County (Ill.)
DeKalb County (Ill)
Dundee (Ill.)
DuPage County (Ill)
Economic development.
Elburn (Ill)
Elgin (Ill.)
Flood control.
Fox River Valley (Wis. and Ill.)
Geneva (Ill.)
Gilberts (Ill.)
Hampshire (Ill.)
Kane County (Ill)
Kane County Development Department
Kaneland (Ill.)
Kendall County (Ill)
Lake County (Ill)
Land use
Maple Park (Ill.)
McHenry County (Ill)
Middlebury (Ill.)
Montgomery (Ill.)
Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission
Northfield (Ill.)
Sanitary engineering.
Sewage disposal.
Sleepy Hollow (Ill.)
Soil conservation
St. Charles (Ill.)
Sugar Grove (Ill.)
Valley View (Ill.)
Water conservation
Wayne (Ill.)
West Valley (Ill.)
Winnebago County (Ill)

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were donated in 1985

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Northern Illinois Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Phil Bus and Mr. Jim Plonczynski

Acquisition Method: Mr. Phil Bus, Director, and Mr. Jim Plonczynski of the Kane County Development Department donated informational files of past directors to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on July 13, 1983.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Department Administration],
[Series II.: Planning Programs and Studies],
[Series III.: Planning and Legislation],
[Series IV.: Other Planning Agencies and Organizations],
[Series Addendum],
[Box 9],
[Box 10],
[Box 11],
[Box 12],
[Box 13],

Series II.: Planning Programs and Studies
Sub-Series A.: Zoning
Box 1
Folder 17: Aurora Subdivision Ordinance, 1957-1963
Folder 18: Aurora Zoning Ordinance, 1957-1964
Folder 19: Aurora Zoning Correspondence and Maps, 1958-1966
Folder 20: Aurora Annexations, 1963
Folder 21: Batavia Zoning, 1957-1964
Folder 22: Burlington and Carpentersville Zoning, 1959-1964
Folder 23: East Dundee and Elburn Soning, 1957-1962
Folder 24: Elgin Subdivision and Zoning Ordinance, 1957-1964
Folder 25: Elgin Zoning Ordinance and Maps, 1962
Folder 26: Geneva and Gilberts Zoning, 1955-1964
Folder 27: Hampshire Zoning, 1950-1960
Folder 28: Maple Park Zoning, 1957-1964
Box 2
Folder 1: Middlebury and Montgomery Zoning, 1958-1961
Folder 2: Montgomery Zoning Map, no date
Folder 3: North Aurora Zoning, 1957-1965
Folder 4: Northfield Zoning, 1960
Folder 5: St. Charles Subdivision Ordinance, 1958-1960
Folder 6: St. Charles Zoning Ordinance, 1960-1966
Folder 7: Sleepy Hollow and South Elgin Zoning, 1956-1973
Folder 8: Sugar Grove Zoning, 1958-19682
Folder 9: Valley View Zoning, 1958-1961
Folder 10: Wayne and West Dundee Zoning, 1960-1968
Folder 11: Kane County Zoning, 1961-1978
Folder 12: Kane County Zoning Ordinance, 1966, 1976, 1977, 1980
Folder 13: Kane County Building and Subdivision Regulations, 1962, 1969, 1976
Folder 14: Kane County Subdivision Regulations, 1968, 1973, 1975
Folder 15: Alphabetical Listing of Recorded Subdivisions in Kane County, 1974-1978
Folder 16: Kane County Plat Committee Minutes, 1962-1967
Folder 17: Zoning Recommendations, 1969-1973
Folder 18: Zoning Board Minutes,, January 21, 1977-August 18, 1977
Folder 19-20: Zoning Board Minutes, August 23, 1977-March 22, 1979
Folder 21: Zoning Cases: Reimers, Ebel, Dixon, Seidelman, 1962-1964; 1968; 1965; 1964
Folder 22: Cook County Zoning, 1957-1960
Box 3
Folder 1: Barrington Hills Zoning, Cook County, 1963
Folder 2: DeKalb County and DuPage County Zoning, 1954-1967
Folder 3: DuPage County Zoning, 1957
Folder 4: Kendall County Zoning, 1960
Folder 5: Lake County Zoning and Correspondence, 1939-1962
Folder 6: Lake County Zoning, 1962
Folder 7: McHenry County Zoning, 1958-1968
Folder 8: Rockford County and Winnebago County Zoning, 1959-1968
Sub-Series B.: Transportation
Box 3
Folder 9: Proposed Highways, 1962-1966
Folder 10: Township Highways, 1958-1963
Folder 11: County Highways, 1957-1966
Folder 12: State Highways, 1960-1970
Folder 13: State Toll Highway Commission, and Division of Highways, 1957- 1968
Folder 14: Aurora Urbanized Area Transportation Study, 1962-1965
Folder 15: Tn-City Planning Committee, 1958-1965
Folder 16: Randall Road Committee, 1971-1972
Folder 17: House Numbering System, 1962-1965
Folder 18-19: Alphabetical Listing of Street and Road Names, 1969-1976
Folder 20: Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) Advisory Board and Newsletter, 1963-1969
Folder 21: Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) Progress Reports, 1963-1965
Folder 22: Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) Progress Reports, 1966-1971
Folder 23: Airport Zoning, 1953-1968
Folder 24: Airports and Heliports, 1955-1970
Sub-Series C.: Water
Box 4
Folder 1: Flood Control, 1961-1964
Folder 2: Flood Hazard, 1964-1974
Folder 3: Township Supervisors and Flood Hazard Mapping, 1961
Folder 4: State Geological Survey Division, 1957-1965
Folder 5: Open File Reports for Aurora, Barrington, Elburn, 1962; 1964; 1966
Folder 6: Open File Reports for Elgin, Elmhurst, Geneva, 1964; 1962; 1963
Folder 7: Open File Reports for Hampshire, Maple Park, Naperville, 1969; 1968; 1964
Folder 8: Open File Reports for Pingree Grove, Streamwood, Sugar Grove, 1966; 1965; 1966
Folder 9: Flood Maps for Northeastern Illinois, 1960-1973
Folder 10: Water Supply Information, 1955, 1959, 1965
Folder 11: Water Supply and Pollution, 1958-1971
Folder 12: Illinois Water Quality Network, 1966
Sub-Series D.: Sanitation
Box 4
Folder 13: Sanitary Water Board, 1961-1965
Folder 14-16: Sanitary Water Board, 1966-1968
Folder 17: Sewer System Information, 1955-1965
Folder 18: Municipal Sewer Systems, 1959-1967
Folder 19: Garbage Disposal And Composting, 1957-1970
Sub-Series E.: Soil
Box 4
Folder 20: Agriculture, 1961-1965
Folder 21: Soil Survey General Information, 1958-1961
Box 5
Folder 1: Kane County Soil Survey, 1960-1965
Folder 2: Soil and Water Conservation, 1973
Folder 3: Kane-DuPage Soil Conservation District Annual Reports, 1963-1973
Folder 4: Soil Conservation Society of America, 1963-1973
Folder 5: Correspondence with Dept. of Conservation, 1957-1967
Folder 6: Open Space, 1964-1973
Sub-Series F.: Social Programs
Box 5
Folder 7: Illinois Pollution Control Board Newsletter, 1970-1971
Folder 8: Public Health and Air Pollution, 1958-1967
Folder 9: Kane County Hospitals, 1958-19665
Folder 10: Hospital Planning Council, 1959-1967, 1971
Folder 11: Hospital Planning Council Annual Reports, 1960-1969
Folder 12: Schools, 1959-1973
Folder 13: Civil Defense, 1967
Folder 14: Population Report Correspondence, 1959-1966
Folder 15: Industrial Relations Committee, 1962-1963
Folder 16: Courthouse Advisory Committee and Development Committee, 1966-1967
Sub-Series G.: General Development
Box 5
Folder 17: Planning Commission Minutes, 1964-1969
Folder 18: "701" Planning Assistance Program, 1961, 1973
Folder 19: "701" Planning Program for Batavia, Montgomery and North Aurora, 1968-1969
Folder 20: Batavia "701" Planning Program, 1968-1969
Folder 21: Montgomery "701" Planning Program, 1968-1969
Folder 22: North Aurora "701" Planning Program, 1968-1969
Folder 23: Elgin Planning Commission Minutes, 1961-1963, 1971
Folder 24: Elgin "701" Planning Program, 1965-1967, 1975
Folder 25: Geneva Planning Commission Minutes, 1961-1963
Folder 26: Geneva Planning Program, 1957-1960
Folder 27: St. Charles Planning Commission Minutes, 1971
Folder 28: St. Charles Planning Program, 1959, 1962, 1966
Folder 29: Sleepy Hollow Planning Program, 1970-1974
Folder 30: Elburn, Sugar Grove and Wayne Planning, 1964
Folder 31: Greater Kaneland Study, 1962-1966
Box 6
Folder 1: Greater Kaneland Study Correspondence, 1962-1966
Folder 2: Greater Kaneland Study Reports, 1964, 1966
Folder 3: Comprehensive Plan Evaluation, November 1969-January  1970
Folder 4: Comprehensive Planning Program-Action Year I, 1970-1971
Folder 5: "Policies and Procedures for the Kane County Housing and Land-Use Inventory",  "Initial Housing Study", 1970, 1971
Folder 6: "Community Planning Program Study", "Housing and Land-Use Survey", 1971; 1971
Folder 7: Comprehensive Planning Program-Action Year II, 1971-1972
Folder 8: "Housing and Land-Use Inventory Phase II",  "Development Goals, Objectives and Policies", 1971, 1971
Folder 9: "Continuing Housing Study", "Public Utilities and Services Study", 1972, 1971
Folder 10: Comprehensive Planning Program-Action Year III, 1972-1973
Folder 11: "Land Use Plan", 1973
Folder 12: Comprehensive Planning Program-Action Year IV,, 1973-1974
Folder 13: "Planning and Development Policies", 1974
Folder 14: "Kane County Revised Zoning Ordinance", 1974
Sub-Series H.: Published Studies
Box 6
Folder 15: "People of Kane County", "Agricultural Land Use in Kane County," "Economy and Population of Elgin, 1985", 1963, 1965,1965, 1967
Folder 16: "Development and Present Structure of Kane County Manufacturing",  "Manufacturing Linkages in Kane County," "Material and Market Interrelations", 1967, 1968, 1968
Folder 17: "Organization and Execution of Refuse Disposal Activities on a County-Wide Basis", 1968
Folder 18: Community Facilities for Elgin, 1968
Folder 19: "Preliminary Comprehensive Plan", "Evaluation and Work Program,", 1968, 1970
Folder 20: "Official Map and Standards Ordinance-Elgin", "Codes and Ordinances Evaluation-Hampshire,", 1969; 1971
Folder 21: Map Regulations and Subdivision Amendments for Montgomery, 1969
Folder 22: Zoning Regulations for Montgomery, 1969
Folder 23: Comprehensive Plan for North Aurora, 1969
Folder 24: Map Regulations and Subdivision Amendments for North Aurora, 1969
Folder 25: Zoning Ordinance for North Aurora, 1969
Folder 26: Summary Report: KACOG Planning Program, 1974-1975, 1975-1976
Folder 27: "Kane County Planning and Development Policies", "Overall Economic Development Program and Plan,", 1975, 1977-1978
Folder 28: "Fox River Study II, Geographical Information System for Kane County,", 1975-1976, 1978
Box 7
Folder 1: "Dundee Area Intermunicipal Planning Committee", "Cooperative Planning and Jurisdictional Boundary Agreements," "Community Development Block Grant,", 1975-1976, 1976, 1981
Folder 2: "Farmlands Used or Abused?", "Preservation of Prime Agricultural Land in the KACOG Area,", no date, 1975
Folder 3: "Implementing the 208 Clean Water Program",  "Balanced Distribution of Housing Opportunities for Northern Illinois,", 1976, no date
Folder 4: "Architecture and Historic Neighborhood on the Fox River", "Aesthetics of the. . . Shoreline of the Fox River,", 1977-1978, 1976-1977
Folder 5: "Ecological Assessment of Open Land", "Natural Area Survey,", 1978, 1977
Folder 6: "Fox River Paddleway", "Midwestern Vernacular Farm Structures in Kane County,", 1978-1979, 1980
Folder 7: Pingree Grove Land Use Plan, 1981

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Department Administration],
[Series II.: Planning Programs and Studies],
[Series III.: Planning and Legislation],
[Series IV.: Other Planning Agencies and Organizations],
[Series Addendum],
[Box 9],
[Box 10],
[Box 11],
[Box 12],
[Box 13],

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