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The new century would see the beginning of even more expansion. Former Kane County Chairman Michael McCoy once described the Village of Elburn as a “work in progress.”

The decisions it makes now will have long-term implications.

That growth prompted Village leaders to adopt the Latin motto “Melior non Maior” – or “Better, not Bigger.”

The Village Board has taken heed of the motto when planning new developments within the community.

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To help guide development decisions, Kane County established the 2020 Land Resource Management Plan – also known as the 2020 Land Use Plan – to integrate municipal land-use methods into the County’s regional planning goals. The goal was to create planned, logical growth of communities while preserving and protecting the natural resources, which represent the communities’ heritage.

The leaders of both the Village of Elburn and Kane County recognized that steps had to be taken to ensure that future development reinforced the quality of life most important to the community’s residents.

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In Elburn, these qualities include the small-town atmosphere, the community-minded closeness and honesty, safety, security, the low crime rate, open land and the area’s agricultural heritage, and quiet, friendly neighborhoods.

Residents of the Village have a number of houses of worship to attend in the Elburn area, including Community Congregational Church of Christ, Evangelical Fellowship Church, Faith Assembly of God, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St. Gall Catholic Church, Seventh Day Adventist Church and Valleybrook Community Church.

Community events like Elburn Days continue to grow in popularity. The annual Village festival features a variety of events for every member of the family. Children and adults alike will enjoy the food, games and entertainment, as well as watching judging of animals for local 4-H clubs. One of the highlights of the festival is the annual Elburn Days Parade, featuring organizations from throughout the region.

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The Elburn Chamber of Commerce, which formed from the Elburn Business Council in 1998, had 132 members by the year 2004. The Chamber of Commerce has focused its attention on the growth of the business community, recently promoting the Village through its “Shop Elburn First” campaign.

One of the largest residential developments to date began in 2004, when the Village Board approved the Blackberry Creek Subdivision, a 625-acre project promising the addition of 1,250 new homes.

The United States Census Bureau undertook another special census in Elburn in 2006, showing that the Village’s population had grown to 4,721, an increase of about 90 percent since 2000 and 270 percent since 1990.

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Several new businesses have also opened in Elburn, and Jewel/Osco began construction on a 65,000-square-foot grocery store, which is expected to open in early 2007.

The Village of Elburn became the end of the Metra commuter-rail line in January 2006, when Metra officials began service to the village. The transportation link brings with it opportunities for more residential and commercial development.

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