Annexation process put on hold in Island Lake

ISLAND LAKE – Developers looking to bring in commercial and residential units near Griswold Lake have decided to pause the process until the village’s newly elected officials take office.

At the request of the developers, the Village Board agreed to push back a vote to annex unincorporated land around the lake that had been scheduled for Thursday, Village Clerk Connee Mascillino said.

Meanwhile, Plan Commission Chairman Wolfgang Neumeier estimated that as many as 300 people filed into the commission’s second public hearing Wednesday night, as the developers presented a revised plan that offered some compromise but ultimately didn’t meet the needs of either the plan commission or the public.

Many concerns still stem from overcrowding in the neighborhood. The developer is asking for changes in zoning to allow more housing units in less space, Neumeier said.

“Most everybody does not want to provide any variances on the current zoning,” he said.

Developers will present a third version of the plan at the next continuation of the hearing, scheduled for May 30.

The annexation has been tabled indefinitely.

In order for the development to be built, the Village Board would need to approve the annexation as well as the development. The board would hear a recommendation from the plan commission before voting on the development.

Conny Heggen, of the homeowners association of LeVilla Vaupell Country Club near the lake, said she feels homeowners around the lake have relaxed somewhat since the original proposal, and see a reasonable compromise within reach.

“I don’t think people are so naive as to say that’s never going to be developed,” she said.

Heggen said the community also has been put at ease by the village’s choice of mayor-elect Charles Amrich, who attended Wednesday night.

“To be quite honest, when Amrich stood up, the whole crowd went crazy,” Heggen said. “I think they feel Mr. Amrich is considering the village’s voices and concerns.”

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