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Lombard designates Ken-Loch as primarily open space

LOMBARD – After months of discussion, Lombard's trustees recently approved an ordinance amending the village's Comprehensive Plan as it pertains to the Ken-Loch Golf Links property.

The 31-acre golf course located in the southwest portion of the village is designated as "primarily open space, with a preference for golf course," according to the amendment. However, there's also language in the amendment that will allow for up to 25 percent of the land parcel to be developed to complement the preservation of open space.

This could be a parking lot, a clubhouse or another development that helps enhance property's use as a golf course, park or other open space entity.

The discussion around changing the land use designation for Ken-Loch began about a year ago when a developer, Donven Homes, approached the village about building townhouses and condominiums on the property. This sent red flags to many residents determined to see the area maintained as open space land, triggering a series of public hearings on how the land should be used.

During last week's Village Board meeting, Trustee Reid Foltyniewicz, District 3, voiced his concerns that allowing development on up to a quarter of the property might be too much. However, he still chose to vote for the ordinance after clarifying that the board would have the opportunity to review any development proposal and could reject anything deemed inappropriate for the site.

The dozens of residents who attended the meeting and followed the discussion on Ken-Loch's development appeared reassured that the village's elected officials had, in fact, listened to their request. There would be no major housing development project at the site.

"I'm done talking about this mass housing," Foltyniewicz said. "Not a single Lombardian has spoken for mass housing. The reasons why all of us got elected, re-elected and appointed is because we want to keep this open space."

The lone "no" vote came from Trustee Peter Breen, District 4. He said it was premature to approve the land use amendments without first finding a proposal that was acceptable to community members.

"I'd rather we find a proposal that gives us flood relief and is acceptable to local residents and then adopt that proposal," Breen said.

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