Jeff Kolbus shares REALTOR® perspective on land management in Peoria with appointment to a key city committee

Peoria REALTOR® Jeff Kolbus (right) with At-Large City Councilman Chuck Weaver.

REALTORS® work in the trenches of real estate every day and are important local government resources for issues involving real estate in a community. In Peoria that resource connection was formalized recently with the appointment of REALTOR® Jeff Kolbus to the City of Peoria’s Land Management Committee.

Jeff is a past president of the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® and past chairman of its Government Affairs Committee. The appointment comes as a result of several meetings between PAAR  Government Affairs Committee and At-Large City Councilman Chuck Weaver.

Weaver created the city’s Land Management Committee to assess and define vacant property within city limits. Area REALTORS® have been working with the city for about a year on the issue of vacant property including stopping a land banking proposal and working toward more effective solutions.

“Because the Peoria Area REALTORS® work with Councilman Weaver on the vacant property issue, Kolbus was asked to participate,” says Kristie Engerman, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® local Government Affairs Director (GAD) who monitors local government activity for its impact on the real estate industry for the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®. “Kolbus’ involvement is an important way in which local REALTORS® can assist in advising the city on important policy, the ultimate goal of which is to help revitalize specific neighborhoods.”

The Peoria Area REALTORS® Government Affairs Committee meets monthly and each time there is an invited guest ranging from political candidates, city officials, county board members or staff from the tri-county region local government.

“REALTORS® stress at the meetings that they want to be a resource on any real estate related issue so we can discuss it before it becomes policy,” says Engerman. “Oftentimes they will say ‘I never thought of it that way.’”

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About Stephanie Sievers

Stephanie Sievers is Senior Editor for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She serves as Senior Editor for IAR publications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and all other IAR publications. She is responsible for developing content for the Illinois REALTOR® Weekly Connection e-newsletter, coordinates the IAR Twitter account content at ILREALTOR and plans and develops content for videos. She assists in developing and writing content for the IAR blog. She also is involved in researching and drafting news releases and coordinates the news media distribution database and newsclips reports for the Association. She also assists in IAR spokesperson training seminars and is involved in development of association briefing materials on issues. She assists with the housing statistics program and reports.

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