Route 47/Kishwaukee River Corridor Plan

The 53 square mile corridor stretches between Woodstock and Huntley in northern Illinois where nearby natural areas and farmland were previously being converted to sprawling suburban development. Local residents and officials foresaw the loss of unique ecological features, degradation of downstream resources and increasing traffic problems along Route 47 without the development of a corridor-wide conservation-based land use and transportation plan.

CDF worked with local governments, stakeholders and the public to develop a corridor plan designed to preserve the high-quality watershed, while maintaining critical transportation functionality. CDF completed a natural features inventory and helped create goals and an overall vision for the corridor. The team also created a series of sustainability indicators to address a variety of social, environmental, transportation, economic, and health issues, and provided the community with measurable benchmarks for achieving their goals. CDF explored the potential environmental impact and buildout of both conventional and conservation-based land use plans, resulting in a practical and implementable land use plan and two transportation alternatives for adoption by the villages and McHenry County.

location: McHenry County, IL
client: Villages of Woodstock, Lake in the Hills, and Lakewood; McHenry County; Henry County Conservation District
completion: 2002
awards: IL ASLA Honor Award, 2003

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