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Trustees pass resolution to challenge developer's Ken Loch proposal

LOMBARD – Trustees approved a resolution for objection at Thursday night's board meeting pertaining to a petition currently under review by the county's Zoning Board of Appeals regarding zoning for the Ken Loch Golf Links property.

The 31-acre property in unincorporated DuPage County near Lombard has caught the eye of a developer, Donven Homes of Naperville. After the Village of Lombard reaffirmed its decision in the existing comprehensive plan to keep the Ken Loch property's land usage designated for open land space with a preference for a golf course, Donven filed a petition with DuPage County to have the property rezoned from its current distinction of allowing single family home building to a general residence district, which would allow for multi-family buildings.

Now, the developer has amended its original petition to the county so that it provides specifics on a building plan on the property. There will be a public hearing on Oct. 10 for the county's Zoning Board of Appeals to review the amended petition, for village staff to present on the issue and for any residents to voice their concerns or opinions.

The approved resolution at Thursday's meeting now will be forwarded to the county and if the petition makes its way to the County Board for a final approval, it will require a supermajority, rather than a simple majority, Heniff said.

Since Donven Homes first made a proposal to Lombard's Board of Trustees more than a year ago, residents have adamantly spoken out against development on the property.

Ken Loch Golf Links falls in the southwest corner of the village along Finley Road. Trustee Reid Foltyniewicz who represents District 3, which includes the property, said he's been receiving nearly constant feedback from residents who say they want the area to remain as open space.

Foltyniewicz said he's sympathetic to Richard Kensinger and his sister Linda Lies who own the property but want to sell it and retire, but he's also concerned about keeping the space available to use as a golf course or other recreational complex.

The petition filed by the developer introduces a plan to build a housing complex called Woodmore on Finely Road. The area would feature a blend of townhomes and condos for a total of 392 units.

In a memo to the Lombard Board of Trustees, Heniff said this proposal is inconsistent with the village's comprehensive plan as it pertains to land use designation for the area, along with DuPage County's comprehensive plan and the county's land use plan.

The DuPage County Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet to review this petition at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in Room 3500-B at the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton.

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