The DuPage County Board on Tuesday approved the rezoning of the Ken Loch Golf Links property near Lombard, allowing a developer to move forward with a planned multi-family home development project.
The County Board voted 15-2 to approve rezoning the 31-acre golf course at 1 S. 601 Finley Road, to allow for the construction of multi-family units. District 2 board members Peter DiCianni and Sean Noonan voted against the rezoning request.
DuPage District 2 includes the Village of Lombard.
"The concern I have as a member of this board and as a representative of this district is what if this upscale district doesn't turn out to be upscale?" DiCianni said prior to the vote. "What if they have challenges with rentals?"
Fellow District 2 board member Elizabeth Chaplin, who voted to approve the rezoning, thanked concerned Lombard residents she spoke with, but added that the owner has a right to sell their property and that the development should be a good fit for the area.
"This property is going to be developed," Chaplin said. "I would rather see multi-family homes go in there than something worse."
Real estate developer Donven Homes has been seeking approval to rezone the property, located just south of Four Season Park in Lombard. Ken Loch is owned by Kensinger Realty.
"We find this very favorable news," Donven President Donald Stevens said following the vote.
The Lombard Village Board of Trustees has continually objected to the rezoning, citing that building townhomes on the for-sale golf course is not consistent with the village's comprehensive plan, as well as past comprehensive plans of DuPage County.
Village officials have stated their desire to keep the land as open space.
"Lombard does not want this development, Lombard does not need this development," Lombard President Keith Giagnorio told the County Board during public comments Tuesday.
"We come to you as Lombardians, but also as DuPage County voters," he said. "I implore you, listen to your constituents and do not approve this development."
Despite claims from local officials that the Village of Lombard, the Lombard Park District and the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County all have interest in purchasing the land, none of the parties have made formal plans, said Michael Roth, an attorney representing Donven.
"The owners cannot continue to run it as a golf course – it's not profitable," said Roth during public comments. "There have been no offers to buy the property for the preservation of open space."
Adding an amendment to the rezoning ordinance, the County Board unanimously approved a measure that requires any change in ownership structure on the property to be reported to the County within 30 days.