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FRG stages mock hearing

FOX RIVER GROVE - Village officials became developers, angry residents, and members of the media Tuesday night for a workshop that simulated a public hearing on a development proposal.

The workshop centered on a plan for "downtown Smallville," a fictional community with a Metra station. The plan - similar to the village's downtown-redevelopment plan - would add retail, offices and condominiums.

Village officials used a workbook developed by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Campaign for Sensible Growth, and the Metropolitan Planning Council to learn what makes a good plan and what questions they should ask developers going forward.

"We hope in the future to have some redevelopment going on, so it's really a dry run for us," Village Administrator Art Osten said.

The Campaign for Sensible Growth's Ellen Shubart led the workshop. She said she chose a real-life proposal from downtown Bartlett because it was similar to Fox River Grove's plan and had obvious flaws.

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