Shared Interest Groups

Aurora First

Aurora First promotes and sustains an efficient and effective development process in the City of Aurora by building a strong foundation for dialogue between all stakeholders in the development industry and the City of Aurora. Aurora First is a group of developers, architects, attorneys and others interested in the economic development of the City. The on-going working group monitors implementation of the Blue Ribbon Task Force recommendations as well as reviews proposed development changes by the City of Aurora to offer feedback as well as recommendations for Board approval

For information on Aurora First, contact the Chamber at (630) 256-3180.

Aurora First Highlights & Accomplishments

Zoning Task Force Subcommittee

  • Completed review of all ordinances (Business 1–3, Office, R & D, Downtown Core & Fringe, ORI, M 1–2, Parks & Open Spaces)
  • Reviewed existing Processes & Procedures and recommended consolidating/eliminating to half of current

Department Updates & Discussions

  • Monthly Dashboard on Fee Implementation Average Development Timeframes
    • In 2011, four of five targets exceed goal; Comm. Single Trade 0.5 day above goal
  • Received update on City of Aurora Appeals process
  • Reviewed COA Alternative Energy ordinance
  • Reviewed changes to ADA compliance
  • Proposed changes to:
    • Electrical Code
    • Plumbing
    • Sign Ordinance
  • COA Tree Board
  • Land/Cash
  • Apartment Building Codes/Masonry Requirements
  • Click-2-Gov
  • TIF District


  • Aurora Public Library
  • RiverEdge Park
  • Citywide Fiber Optic Ring
  • Special Asst for Development Facilitation


  • National Guard Business Development Opportunities
  • Government Procurement Fair & Workshop
  • State of Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Services
    • EDGE Tax Credit
    • Angel Investment
    • Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit


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