Changes presented for golf course project

Changes presented for golf course project


By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Joe Altenhoff of Arc Design presented revised plans at the Planning & Development Committee meeting in Cherry Valley for a development that worries conservationists.

The project, for which Arc Design is laying out the infrastructure, calls for 90 single-family homes, 38 condominium units and an 18-hole golf course.

Village President Steve Appell requested that the development include the entire parcel, not just the northern section. The southern half contains the golf course’s back nine.

Concerns are still looming over environmental impacts for the back nine area. Chemicals used for the back nine could spill into the Kishwaukee River after heavy rains.

Also, Altenhoff noted a wetland was identified in the southern section, but the development will not harm it. A boardwalk will go over the wetland for people to cross.

Local resident Fran Lowman said the proposed area is the neighboring property is where William Charles Ltd. wanted to create a development in 1996/1997.

Lowman said the area contained much vegetation that included “good-quality plants.” Proposal proponents claim that not much vegetation exists in the area, but since the property is so close, there must be vegetation, she said.

She also thinks the boardwalk over the wetlands won’t matter. “It’ll make a nice raft when it floods,” Lowman stated. “Our country’s lost over half of its wetlands. It’s got to stop sometime.”

Despite the fight, Altenhoff said proposal proponents will make sure the project acquires approval at all necessary state and local levels.

He stated developers conducted a market analysis and found that a perceived need exists for a residential/golf course development.

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