AGN Revitalization Plan

On August 14, 2017, the City Council authorized an agreement with Camiros, Ltd. and Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) for completion of the Annie Glidden North (AGN) Revitalization Plan. To view the project overview approved by the City Council, click here.

The AGN Revitalization Plan focuses on the neighborhoods located in the northwest corner of the City of DeKalb along both sides of Annie Glidden Road. The plan seeks to identify actionable items that will improve quality of life in the AGN neighborhoods. Revitalizing AGN is critical to the wellbeing of the neighborhood residents, as well as Northern Illinois University and the DeKalb community as a whole.

Questions regarding the AGN Revitalization Plan can be directed to Aaron Stevens at 815-748-2096 or


On Thursday, November 2, 2017, the second AGN Community Meeting was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Approximately 80 community members attended the meeting. Attendees were presented with information gathered at the first Community Meeting, including identified issues, opportunities, and assets of the AGN neighborhoods and potential early action projects. To review that information, click here.

Building on that information, attendees were broken into groups and asked to help define a vision for several areas within the AGN neighborhoods. Using that information, the City's planning consultant will begin to develop options for actionable projects that will be presented at a subsequent meeting.

If you were unable to attend the second Community Meeting and would like to view the slideshow presented at the meeting, click here.

The AGN Task Force convened on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, and reviewed feedback received from the public during the Community Meetings. The Task Force used that information to continue with the visioning phase of the project. At the meeting, Police Chief Gene Lowery addressed concerns over recent crime incidents in the neighborhoods. Chief Lowery discussed strategies that are in place to deal with crime and emphasized the need to address the underlying causes of crime, which is one of the goals of the AGN Revitalization Plan.

To view the slideshow presented at the Task Force meeting, click here.


On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the first meeting of the AGN Revitalization Plan Task Force was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 North Annie Glidden Road. The Task Force is comprised of community members, appointed by Mayor Jerry Smith. The Task Force is a public body acting on behalf of the City of DeKalb and is subject to the rules and requirements of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

To view the Task Force Meeting slideshow presented at the meeting, click here.

Following the Task Force Meeting on September 27, the first AGN Community Meeting was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Community Meeting drew an impressive audience of approximately 140 diverse community members. During the meeting, attendees were broken into small groups and asked to identify early action projects for the area. Early action projects are low cost, large impact projects that can be implemented in the near term. Additionally, groups were asked to identify five neighborhood assets or opportunities and five neighborhood issues. The information gathered at this meeting is being used by the City's planning consultant to inform the next steps in the planning process.

If you were unable to attend the first Community Meeting and would like to view the slideshow presented at the meeting, click here.

Next Steps

The City's planning consultant is currently reviewing information and feedback gathered during the initial series of meetings. The planning consultant will return in early 2018 to review goals, strategies and objectives identified through this process. In the meantime, the AGN Task Force will meet as needed. Meeting dates will be posted on the City calendar as they become available. Upcoming meeting agendas and past meeting minutes can be viewed here.

A Review of the Planning Process 

Community Collaboration

To better inform the AGN Revitalization Plan, the City is undertaking an intense effort to involve residents and other stakeholders from throughout the community. This process includes the appointment of the AGN Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of community members, appointed by Mayor Jerry Smith. The Task Force will provide valuable guidance and input towards the creation of the plan. The Task Force is a public body acting on behalf of the City of DeKalb and is subject to the rules and requirements of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. To view the Task Force Member Role Description and Member List, click here.

In addition to the AGN Task Force, members of the community-at-large are encouraged to participate in the planning process through a series of Community Meetings. These Community Meetings are open to the public. Information gathered during Community Meetings will help guide the planning process. 

Building the Framework

The framework for the AGN Revitalization Plan will be constructed in four phases. To view the plan timeline, click here.

Phase I includes identifying assets, issues and opportunities while engaging in dialog with various stakeholder groups and organizations working and living in and around the project area. Phase I will also kick-off the community engagement process, including the creation of a Task Force. The Task Force will help to guide the planning process by providing vital information about planned projects, reviewing ideas and deliverables and helping to engage the broader community. The first Task Force and Community Meetings will be held to discuss initial issues and opportunities while beginning to identify potential early action projects that will help to build support and momentum for greater changes. In addition, Phase I will include a project area field study, key person interviews, and zoning review.

Building off of Phase I, the planning consultant will organize, prepare and facilitate a series of community visioning sessions in Phase II. These meetings will help to identify a more detailed community-wide vision for the future, strategic initiatives which could support attainment of that vision, and more specific ideas for the improvement of the neighborhoods. Phase II tasks include an additional Community Meeting dedicated to visioning and a Task Force Meeting.

During Phase III, the planning consultant will begin to organize and categorize feedback from Phases I and II into draft concepts and strategies for addressing the identified issues. Specific focus areas will be identified along with potential action steps to overcome the barriers of revitalization. These strategies will be organized based on City goals for the neighborhoods. The strategies will be refined and used as the basis of the AGN Revitalization Plan for community improvement. A key element of this phase will be an interactive NIU Student Meeting that will provide necessary feedback and ideas from the perspective of students that live in the Annie Glidden neighborhoods. Phase III tasks will include a Community Meeting dedicated to draft concepts and strategies, a Task Force Meeting, a Student Visioning Meeting, City departments strategy review, community survey, and market study.

In Phase IV, the planning consultant will prepare a refined set of projects and draft steps to be implemented under each AGN Revitalization Plan strategy along with the organization who could lead implementation efforts. Each strategy and program will include a planning-level cost estimate as well as the potential public and private partnerships and funding streams that may be available for implementation. In addition, the planning consultant will provide zoning recommendations for various focus areas in order to alleviate existing challenges while providing a framework for future growth. The planning consultant will prepare a draft plan, for review, including illustrations and explanations for each project as appropriate to provide necessary guidance and show how each project supports specific strategies and serves to help attain the vision. The draft plan will weave together new strategies with current initiatives to produce positive neighborhood outcomes. The planning consultant will present at a Community Meeting and Task Force Meeting a draft AGN Revitalization Plan. Feedback received at the meetings will inform the final AGN Revitalization Plan presented to the City Council.

The Planning Process


Community Collaboration 

 To help inform the strategic planning process, an extensive community engagement effort was condu

AGN Revitalization Plan Area

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