Rockford Region Vital Signs Announces Open Houses

ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Region Vital Signs Initiative, a three year program to create the first Regional Plan for Sustainable Development (RPSD) for Winnebago and Boone Counties, announces a series of open houses to allow the public an opportunity to review and comment on all of the work that has been done in our community regarding developing metrics, goals, and strategies for Sustainable Development, Regional Governance Model, Fair Housing Equity Assessment, Deconcentration Study, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Study. Their work will be revealed at the open houses and available for public input.

Details on the Open Houses:

Location: Regional Center for Planning and Design, 315 North Main Street Rockford, IL 61101

Dates/Times: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday, October 17, 2013 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday, October 18, 2013 10:00am – 5:00pm

James Gilleylen, of the J-Quad Planning Group, was hired by Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) to conduct the analysis and planning for the Fair Housing Equity Assessment and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Study. As the author of these two reports, he will be in Rockford for both open houses on October 16 & 17 to discuss findings with the public.

Rockford Housing Authority has jointly commissioned the Deconcentration Study with RMAP. The study will be used to drive affordable housing decisions and aims to deconcentrate high concentrations of poverty and racial segregations, so that subsidized households truly have equal access to fair housing choices.

Individuals representing all areas of our community have been working together to prepare the goals and strategies for the RPSD. Through the online tool http://speakup.ourvitalsigns.com/ as well as group meetings, a community vision for sustainable development is being prepared. The results of this will be revealed at the open houses.

“We are pleased with the public participation that has informed the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development. The process, which began a year and a half ago, has heard the voices of our community clarify how they want to see our future shaped in regard to social, economic development and environmental issues,” said Steve Ernst, Executive Director of RMAP. “I look forward to sharing the results at our upcoming open houses.”


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