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Rumors Stemming From "Homes" Workshop Have No Basis

Village of Arlington Heights dispels low-income housing rumors.

The village has recently learned that the purpose of a public workshop, “Homes for a Changing Region,” that was held in the Arlington Heights Village Hall on June 19 may have been misconstrued by some people.

The purpose of the “Homes for a Changing Region” study was to assist communities in developing long-range planning.  Approximately 70 residents attended the workshop held in Arlington Heights on June 19, 2012. 

Arlington Heights, along with the other members of the Northwest Suburban Housing Collaborative (Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Palatine and Rolling Meadows), was awarded a technical assistance grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) for the Homes for a Changing Region (Homes) analysis. 

The June 19 workshop included three components. These components were 1) a mapping exercise where participants brainstormed “big ideas” for development over the next 30 years; 2) a “focus area” mapping study where participants were asked to focus on the South Arlington Heights Road area as an area that may revitalized over the next 30 years; and 3) Visual preference poll where participants responded to questions concerning their preferences regarding housing types and styles. 

Since the workshop was held, the Village has received calls regarding rumors suggesting that there already is an approved proposal for low-income/Section 8 housing on Arlington Heights Road south of Sigwalt. There is also a rumor that Arlington Heights Road would be widened. These rumors have no basis. 

To counter these rumors and to provide updated information to the public on the Homes project, please review the information regarding the process of the Homes for a Changing Region on the village's website.

Questions regarding this matter can be directed to the Village’s Planning and Community Development Department, 847-368-5200.

Source: village of Arlington Heights

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