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Trustees adopt resolution opposing Ken Loch rezoning request

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:45 p.m. CDT

LOMBARD – The Village of Lombard Board of Trustees held a special meeting Friday morning in which it adopted a resolution objecting to a rezoning request that was filed with DuPage County and involves the Ken Loch Golf Links property.

The petition for a rezoning request was filed on behalf of Kensinger Realty Investments, LLC, which owns the 31-acre Ken Loch property located off of Finley Road in unincorporated Lombard.

The request is to rezone the property from its current single-family residence designation to a general residence designation, which would open the possibility of creating high-density townhomes, apartments or condos. Despite this request, no development proposal for the property has been submitted to DuPage County.

In its resolution, the Village Board cites its objections to rezoning the Ken Loch property and states that this request is inconsistent with the currently adopted DuPage County Comprehensive Plan, which identifies the property for open space; it is inconsistent with the Countywide Land Use Plan that identifies Ken Loch for single-family residential purposes; and it is inconsistent with the Lombard Comprehensive Plan.

On June 6, the Lombard Village Board reviewed the Comprehensive Plan as it relates to the Ken Loch property and supported its previous decision to keep the area designated for open space land use, and preferably a golf course. Trustees also added language in the plan that would allow development on up to 25 percent of the property so that a clubhouse, restaurant, pro shop or structure could be built on the property to support a golf course.

The future of the Ken Loch Golf Links property has been a hot topic in Lombard for the past year, as village trustees held a series of public hearings on the appropriate land use designation for the space after being contacted by a developer interested in building high-density homes last summer.

Community members spoke out against using the property for anything other than open space, and in June, the trustees voted to amend the Comprehensive Plan so that it remained consistent with residents' wishes.

Now, the rezoning request at the county level will be heard by the DuPage County Zoning Board of Appeals during their Aug. 8 meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the DuPage County Administration Building, 421 N. County Line Road, Wheaton.

Co-owner of Ken Loch, Linda Lies, said she and her brother, Richard Kensinger, the other owner, planned to be at the Aug. 8 meeting. Kensinger did not immediately return calls for additional comment.

Residents and community members are welcome to attend and voice their opinions.

Residents can also contact specific members of the DuPage County Board. The phone numbers, emails and home addresses for all members of the County Board are available online at dupageco.org.

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