Controversial subdivision held over

Winnebago County Board members laid over Dyn Cannell, LLC’s request for a special use permit during its May 25 meeting. A vote on the permit is expected June 8.

The developer seeks the permit to allow it to pursue a more than 123-acre planned community development in Rockton Township.

While the Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the request be denied, the County Board Zoning Committee voted 4-3 to recommend its approval at a May 24 meeting.

Rockton Township Supervisor Kathie Gummow also said the developer’s request strips rights away.

“It takes away the right to have a legal objector,” Gummow said.

Attorney Ian Linnabary, who represents the subdivision’s potential neighbors, said he was disappointed by the committee’s decision. Linnabary said the committee simply disregarded the Zoning Board of Appeals’ findings.

“It was all for naught,” he said, referring to the evidence and testimony given at that body’s April 18 meeting.

Linnabary reiterated why the development has created such controversy.

“It’s incompatible with the surrounding uses,” he said.

While Gummow said “planned community developments are a wonderful thing,” she stressed she couldn’t support this one. Gummow said the proposed development lacks planning.

“What we have is a pretty drawing, but it’s an empty shell at this point,” she said.

According to Gummow, lots in the proposed subdivision need to be at least 1 acre. She also said the developers have not adequately prepared to manage runoff.

Rockton Village Trustee Tim Slocum said the planned community development goes against the village’s comprehensive plan, particularly its 2.5-acre rule.

From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue

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