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AGN Revitalization Plan
On August 14, 2017, the City Council authorized an agreement with Camiros, Ltd. and Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) for completion of the Annie Glidden North (AGN) Revitalization Plan. To view the project overview approved by the City Council, click here.
The AGN Revitalization Plan focuses on the neighborhoods located in the northwest corner of the City of DeKalb along both sides of Annie Glidden Road. The plan seeks to identify actionable items that will improve quality of life in the AGN neighborhoods. Revitalizing AGN is critical to the wellbeing of the neighborhood residents, as well as Northern Illinois University and the DeKalb community as a whole.
Questions regarding the AGN Revitalization Plan can be directed to Aaron Stevens at 815-748-2096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 12, 2018, Mayor Jerry Smith officially appointed each member of the AGN Task Force to serve on one of four subcommittees of the Task Force. These newly created subcommittees will focus their efforts on specific areas of concern, and develop desired outcomes and actionable ideas related to their focus area. The subcommittees will then report back to the Task Force at-large to incorporate their discussions into the planning process. The Task Force subcommittees are identified as follows:
- Community Services Subcommittee
- Housing and Commercial Development Subcommittee
- Neighborhood Safety and Security Subcommittee
- Transportation, Infrastructure and Open Space Subcommittee
Next StepsAs the AGN Task Force and it's subcommittees continue to meet, scheduling of a third community meeting is underway. It is anticipated that this meeting will occur in late March. Please monitor the City's website and social media outlets for details.
A Review of the Planning Process
To better inform the AGN Revitalization Plan, the City is undertaking an intense effort to involve residents and other stakeholders from throughout the community. This process includes the appointment of the AGN Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of community members, appointed by Mayor Jerry Smith. The Task Force will provide valuable guidance and input towards the creation of the plan. The Task Force is a public body acting on behalf of the City of DeKalb and is subject to the rules and requirements of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. To view the Task Force Member Role Description and Member List, click here.
In addition to the AGN Task Force, members of the community-at-large are encouraged to participate in the planning process through a series of Community Meetings. These Community Meetings are open to the public. Information gathered during Community Meetings will help guide the planning process.
Building the Framework
Phase I includes identifying assets, issues and opportunities while engaging in dialog with various stakeholder groups and organizations working and living in and around the project area. Phase I will also kick-off the community engagement process, including the creation of a Task Force. The Task Force will help to guide the planning process by providing vital information about planned projects, reviewing ideas and deliverables and helping to engage the broader community. The first Task Force and Community Meetings will be held to discuss initial issues and opportunities while beginning to identify potential early action projects that will help to build support and momentum for greater changes. In addition, Phase I will include a project area field study, key person interviews, and zoning review.
Building off of Phase I, the planning consultant will organize, prepare and facilitate a series of community visioning sessions in Phase II. These meetings will help to identify a more detailed community-wide vision for the future, strategic initiatives which could support attainment of that vision, and more specific ideas for the improvement of the neighborhoods. Phase II tasks include an additional Community Meeting dedicated to visioning and a Task Force Meeting.
During Phase III, the planning consultant will begin to organize and categorize feedback from Phases I and II into draft concepts and strategies for addressing the identified issues. Specific focus areas will be identified along with potential action steps to overcome the barriers of revitalization. These strategies will be organized based on City goals for the neighborhoods. The strategies will be refined and used as the basis of the AGN Revitalization Plan for community improvement. A key element of this phase will be an interactive NIU Student Meeting that will provide necessary feedback and ideas from the perspective of students that live in the Annie Glidden neighborhoods. Phase III tasks will include a Community Meeting dedicated to draft concepts and strategies, a Task Force Meeting, a Student Visioning Meeting, City departments strategy review, community survey, and market study.
In Phase IV, the planning consultant will prepare a refined set of projects and draft steps to be implemented under each AGN Revitalization Plan strategy along with the organization who could lead implementation efforts. Each strategy and program will include a planning-level cost estimate as well as the potential public and private partnerships and funding streams that may be available for implementation. In addition, the planning consultant will provide zoning recommendations for various focus areas in order to alleviate existing challenges while providing a framework for future growth. The planning consultant will prepare a draft plan, for review, including illustrations and explanations for each project as appropriate to provide necessary guidance and show how each project supports specific strategies and serves to help attain the vision. The draft plan will weave together new strategies with current initiatives to produce positive neighborhood outcomes. The planning consultant will present at a Community Meeting and Task Force Meeting a draft AGN Revitalization Plan. Feedback received at the meetings will inform the final AGN Revitalization Plan presented to the City Council.