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Board Message on Aurora’s Route 59 Plan

Reported by on 2/14/19

Dear District 204 Community,

The Aurora Planning Commission met February 13, 2019 to discuss revisions to the City of Aurora’s Comprehensive Plan for the Route 59 Corridor. The city had previously asked for feedback and the district encouraged residents to attend the city’s December 6 open house where the plan was available for review.

The district still has concerns about this plan and its proposed changes in zoning and land use along Route 59 which have the potential to significantly impact our school district. Specifically, we are concerned about increased student enrollment that could necessitate changing school boundaries and create the need for additional classroom space on the north end of the district. We also have concerns about the financial implications to the district as the city considers potential economic incentives that may be offered to future developers. Although this is a plan from the city of Aurora, these changes have the potential to impact our entire district.

On behalf of the Board of Education, I had the opportunity to address the Planning Commission during the public comment portion of last night’s meeting. You can read the remarks at the link below.

District officials will continue to monitor the plan as new developments are brought forth, and we will update our community when relevant information becomes available.

On behalf of the Board of Education,

Michael Raczak

Public Comment Feb. 13, 2019 (pdf)

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