ISLAND LAKE – A zoning hearing on a development opposed by Island Lake’s new village president has been postponed.
The hearing originally was scheduled for Thursday evening, but the developers, Island Lake Properties LLC, asked for the hearing to be pushed back to the regularly scheduled Plan Commission meeting in August, Village Clerk Teresa Ponio said.
They would like a chance to meet with the new village president and village board about the proposed annexation and rezoning request before the hearing process continues, Ponio said.
Under the proposal, the Rimas Lodge property, a stretch of about 153 acres at the northwest corner of Route 176 and River Road and on both sides of River Road at Burnett Road in unincorporated McHenry County, would be developed with both single-family and multifamily residences, as well as commercial uses.
Two hearings, one in late March and the second in early April, drew so many people that they had to meet in a bigger location.
Opponents of the development pointed to overcrowding around nearby Griswold Lake and potential water issues, including flooding that could result from homes set on wetlands.
Charles Amrich, who was running for the village presidency at the time, came out against the development, saying the village needs to focus on filling existing, vacant storefronts and foreclosed homes.
Amrich and the attorney for Island Lake Properties LLC did not return phone calls Wednesday evening.