Loves Park development director to resign

Loves Park development director to resign

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

On Dec. 4, the Loves Park City Council applauded the efforts of Community Development Director Dan Jacobson, who will resign from his position in January.

Jacobson, who has worked for the city for 10½ years, has obtained a position at a residential development business in Rockford. He said he couldn’t reveal the name of the business. His last day at City Hall will be Jan. 12, and he will begin his new position Jan. 15.

Mayor Daryl Lindberg said Jacobson has helped him during his 10 years as mayor and that Jacobson’s position is very significant for the city. “It is with sadness that I accept this resignation,” he expressed as he read Jacobson’s resignation letter.

Jacobson said he has enjoyed working with Lindberg, the staff and the alderman. “This is a wonderful place to work,” he said.

But Jacobson said he needed to look at every opportunity at this point in his career, and he found this position to be advantageous. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m sure there will be many challenges.”

Jacobson graduated from the University of Illinois in 1986. He majored in geography and took classes related to geography that pertained to development.

He worked for Winnebago County Planning & Development; Rockford Map Publishing, which produces land atlases; and the Community Development Department for the Village of Machesney Park.

In 1986, he obtained the community development position, which he felt would be a good career move.

Since then, he’s worked on many projects, particularly, the Loves Park Flood Control Project. Jacobson has had a hand in the city’s major undertaking since 1996, when he took over for a consultant who quit. The project, which is in its final stage, has been under construction for 10 years and on the books for 20 years.

The plan alleviates flood damage for property owners in 100-year flood areas along Sinkiawic Creek, the main channel that flows through the city. “There’s a significant portion of the area prone to flooding,” Jacobson stated. Also, the project gives people living near the creek a financial break, as they won’t be required to pay for flood insurance.

Another notable aspect of Jacobson’s work is the revision of the city’s comprehensive development plan, which wasn’t revised since 1974.

He said so much growth had occurred in the city. He gives Lindberg credit for the plan. “I know that he’ll keep the plan maintained,” Jacobson stated. “I think we’ve done an excellent job in managing the growth, which has been explosive.”

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