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Intent on making vacant land west of The Arboretum of South Barrington shopping center viable for development, Hoffman Estates officials may create a tax increment financing district to pay for sewer and water utilities on the site.

The land in question is a 24-acre parcel and a 16-acre parcel at the northeast and northwest corners of Higgins and Old Sutton roads. Along with adjacent right of way, a total of 64 acres would be included.

The development partnership behind Plum Farms dropped its request for a TIF district amid controversy over its plans for dense residential development, a proposal that drew objections from school officials and others.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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In May of last year, the Board of Trustees directed the Plan Commission to review the Village Comprehensive Plan and make recommendations for any changes they saw fit for the Board to adopt. The last time the Comprehensive Plan was updated was 2005 and amendments were approved in 2008.

After nearly a year of work and meetings, the Plan Commission has agreed to the changes they would like seen in the Plan. A copy of their proposed 2019 Village Comprehensive Plan can be viewed and downloaded here.

A public hearing is scheduled for July 8th at 6:30 PM to allow residents to voice their comments, or feedback can be provided to the Village Clerk at clerk@vbhil.gov.

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Old Sutton Road will be closed to through traffic from 9:00 AM, June 24th, through the 28th between Penny and Higgins (Route 72) Roads for grade crossing improvements to the Canadian National Railway (EJ&E) line.

 

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Representatives from the Canadian National Railroad met last week with a roomful of Northwest suburban homeowners upset over the company’s plan to build a 4.27-mile track near their properties.

The track would run adjacent to the existing CN mainline track from Spaulding Road in Elgin to Shoe Factory Road in Hoffman Estates, part of a sprawling transcontinental network that has the Chicago area at its center.

Residents aired a litany of grievances about the proposal over the course of the two-hour meeting Thursday at Timber Trails Elementary School in Hoffman Estates. Among them, noise pollution from trains which frequently idle for hours on the track behind their homes.

The public meeting was a requirement of the permit approval process for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. CN must now address all public comments received by the Army Corps, as well as comments from their office.

The full Daily Herald story can be found here.

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The following notice was posted by the Village.  The Wisconsin Central Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway:

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

Wisconsin Central Ltd. Proposed Track Expansion

From Milepost 37.80 and 41.80 on the Leithton Subdivision (between Spaulding Road and South Sutton Road) Cook County, IL.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project #LRC-2018-00651

The purpose of this public meeting is for the presentation of additional project information and details to the public about the proposed track expansion between Milepost 37.80 and 41.80. The public meeting is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit review process. The application for the project was submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by WCL which was placed on public notice for a 60-day comment period. This public meeting is being held as a result of public comment.

WCL will share project related details and give the public an opportunity to ask questions about the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be available to answer questions about the agency’s permitting process only.

Date: Thursday May 30, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location:     Timber Trails Elementary School (Commons Room)

                    1675 McDonough Road

                    Hoffman Estates, Cook County, Illinois 60195

Further information can be found on the Village of Hoffman Estates website by clicking here.

 

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The Canadian National Railroad is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to construct a 4.27-mile-long second track adjoining the existing mainline track between Hoffman Estates and Elgin. The new rails would run between Shoe Factory and Spaulding roads and west of Poplar Creek Forest Preserve.

CN said the new and existing tracks would create a 6-mile reliever allowing an “uninterrupted flow” of northbound and southbound freight trains.

“The project will enhance the safe and efficient flow of rail traffic including the Milwaukee District West Line of Metra,” CN spokesman Alexandre Boulé said. “Commuters should also see reduced delays at Shoe Factory Road.”

Metra officials could not confirm CN’s assertions.

The Army Corps is involved because CN’s plan to mitigate impacts to Poplar Creek and its tributaries, which connect to the Fox River downstream, requires government approval under the Clean Water Act.

Read more here.

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The Village of Barrington issued the following Special Traffic Alert today.

“Beginning June 4, Route 14 will be completely closed at the Canadian National tracks near Lake Zurich Road for up to 10 days.

Canadian National Railway has scheduled its Route 14 crossing for maintenance repairs beginning Monday, June 4 and extending for as long as 10 days, depending on weather conditions that might impact their ability to finish the work, which they hope to have completed in less than a week.

This project will be a complete closure of Route 14 (Northwest Highway) and will necessitate a detour through downtown Barrington, beginning at Lake-Cook Road (Main Street), and turning north on Route 59 (Hough Street) back to Route 14 (see below).

Route 14 will remain open east of IL Route 59 until the rail crossing and North from Main Street to the crossing, but for local traffic only. Similarly, Route 14 will remain open west/north of Lake-Cook Road (Main Street) until the rail crossing but for local traffic only.

The repairs to the CN tracks are designed to carry the crossing from current day until its eventual replacement with a rail bridge as a part of the underpass project.

When approaching IDOT about this repair, CN was asked to expedite this work to the first week of June in order to have it done in advance of IDOT’s U.S. Route 14 scheduled maintenance work, which will occur later this summer. IDOT plans to resurface U.S. Route 14 from Cumnor Avenue on the west to Main Street on the east/south. This project will not require a full closure of Route 14 but will involve temporary lane closures and shifts. This is also temporary measure to keep the road in acceptable condition until a larger reconstruction project can be implemented.

We urge everyone, both local and through traffic, to plan accordingly for these projects and allow extra travel time.”

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