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Lombard

Ken Loch rezoning issue moves on to DuPage County Board

The DuPage County Development Committee on Tuesday morning approved a recommendation from the county's Zoning Board of Appeals to rezone the Ken Loch Golf Links property near Lombard.

The committee voted 5-1 to approve the recommendation. Committee member Pete DiCianni cast the lone dissenting vote.

The request for rezoning will now head to the DuPage County Board on Dec. 10 for a final vote.

Naperville-based Donven Homes is seeking approval to rezone the 31-acre golf course to allow multi-family home developments on the site. Currently, the land is only zoned for single family homes.

"It's another very positive development and it just further bolsters the findings of the Zoning Board of Appeals," said Douglas O'Brien, a spokesperson for Donven Homes. "This is a professional staff that did an analysis and found it to be suitable for development."

Lombard village officials have continually objected to the rezoning.

Lombard Trustee Reid Foltyniewicz, who spoke at Tuesday's development meeting, stated that the village cannot see the justification for rezoning the land.

"The residents of the village are all for the right kind of development," Foltyniewicz told the committee. "[But] if you look around Lombard, you will see mass housing is not the answer."

Ideally, the Lombard Park District would like to purchase the land to make a golf course or sports fields, Foltyniewicz said Wednesday in a phone interview.

Park district officials claim that they have reached out to the owner, but have not received a response.

Other viable options under current zoning include interests from the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, as well as a private owner who would develop along Finley Road, but keep roughly 75 percent open, Foltyniewicz said.

"Every Lombardian I talk to is behind keeping Ken Loch open land," he said.

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