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Alderman Rogina: Plan Endorsement Premature

Second mayoral candidate sounds off on draft 2013 Comprehensive Plan, says process should continue.

Third Ward Alderman Raymond Rogina, who will face John Rabchuk and Jotham Stein in the spring St. Charles mayoral race, said Saturday it is premature to comment on the draft 2013 Comprehensive Plan, which has not been completed yet.

Rabchuk on Friday endorsed what he called the “responsible growth strategy” in the draft 2013 Comprehensive Plan, which sparked criticism from some residents. The plan has proven a sensitive issue in the community, because the plan is intended to serve as a guide for development over the next 20 years.

“As a member of the City Planning and Development Committee and City Council, I commend Chairman (Mark) Armstrong and his committee and Rita Tungare and city staff for bringing a draft of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan to imminent closure in a very detailed and refreshing manner,” Rogina wrote in an email to St. Charles Patch. “I have attended several meetings and appreciate the involvement and input of our neighbors from all parts of the community.”

With an open house for the public on the draft 2013 Comprehensive Plan later this month, the task force is expected to on Dec. 12 to make a recommendation about the document to the St. Charles Plan Commission.

“Once approved by the Committee, it will go to the City Plan Commission and forwarded to the City Planning and Development Committee and City Council,” Rogina wrote. “It would be premature for me to make any comment about the plan other than to say I am sure my colleagues want ample time to digest the document, discuss it, welcome further neighborhood review and hopefully approve it as a road map to future land use in St. Charles.”

“I encourage all residents to go to the city website and review the document and join me at the next Comprehensive Plan Open House at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28 at City Hall,” he concluded.

Related:

  • Nov. 16: End in Sight for St. Charles Plan Panel
  • Nov. 16: Rabchuk Endorses St. Charles Draft 2013 Comprehensive Plan

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Henry James November 18, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Mr. Rogina you are right not to endorse yet in fact no one should be yet. What Mr. Rabchuk is doing by endorsing this before all the public meetings are done is tell the residents he doesn't care about public opinion, it is what it is and deal with it. Your comments tell me that you are willing to listen and really want to involve the residents. That is a welcomed view. Although I may not agree with you on every issue, I will say you have welcomed the feedback and am glad to see that that will continue and at least you won't be rubber stamping this plan
Steve Swanson November 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
It is premature to endorse a plan before final public input and before it is finished; it is prudent to wait until the document is finished before endorsing it. Mr. Rabchuk showed a blatant disregard for the citizens and their input.
josephine s. November 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Mr Rabchuck appears eager to get his hands on St Charles, with his vision, not ours. To be fair, there needs be a balance of community, representative and expert input. On the same note of fairness, for Mr. Rabchuk to "endorse" a plan, from his own committee, on which he serves as Vice Chair, seems at best, redundant. Mr Rogina, I appreciate your catching Rabchuk's politically posturing lunge at the Plan. Wise of you, as I'm sure you read the feedback. However, be sure that the "imminent closure " of the Plan, as you remarked, includes enough time to complete the scope envisioned and stated at the outset of the document itsself,"to consider every land parcel". And to not diminish by prioritizing, the value of any land in St Charles.

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