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Whole Foods Pulls Lake Forest Proposal Over Setback Requirement

The developer wanted a 60-foot setback and the City Council insisted on 100 feet.

The proposed Lake Forest Whole Foods at Route 60 and Saunders Road will not get built, according to an article in Gazebo News, due to a fundamental disagreement between the developer and City Council over the size of the setback.

The council agreed Monday night with the Plan Commission’s recommendation that the development have a 100-foot setback, the article says. The developer said that unless there was a 60-foot setback, the plan was a no go. He said Whole Foods is already eyeing another suburb, though didn’t specify which one.

The proposal for a 45,000-square-foot store within the 70,000-square-foot development would have required cutting 400 trees. Some neighbors had also voiced concerns about noise and light coming from the development.

You can read the full Gazebo News article here.

Programmer Corner July 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Has anyone actually asked Cathy Cerniak how much it was going to cost tax payers to develop Amberley Woods, and how much tax revenue we should have expected to receive? If so, figures, please. (I've asked. No response so far.)
Programmer Corner July 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Call me stupid, but how exactly does a city council person get removed from their job/office? Via aldermen appointment and removal? If so, who appoints the aldermen? Is it a vicious circle? Or, by citizens chanting "resign" at a meeting? By vote? I really don't know. If the last, i.e. by vote, when, where, how?
Howard Roark July 14, 2014 at 02:52 PM
PC -- All candidates for elective office are selected by the Lake Forest Caucus which is a private organization of around 40 people claiming to be the guardian of all things good and wholesome in Lake Forest. Usually by the time the election occurs only the Caucus candidates appear on the ballot because they make life uncomfortable for anyone who challenges them. Sooooo, if you want your vote to count, and I mean really count as if you were voting for 500 people, then join the Caucus and convince them to change their ways. It's that or start a second political party in Lake Forest.
Programmer Corner July 14, 2014 at 03:12 PM
Thanks, Howard. The city website says the chief administrative officer (Kiely in Lake Forest) is appointed by the mayor and city council which is comprised of eight aldermen. The mayor is elected bi-annually for two years, and the aldermen are elected in staggered two year terms. So, the only way to get someone removed is if they resign, or someone runs for mayor, wins, and all the aldermen choose not to renew his or her contract. I also wonder why Kiely wrote us a letter stating that IL is not giving LF enough money so IL could fund their sweet pensions, so LF residents will have to pay more in fees so Kiely could get a raise and fund his sweet pension. In other words, taxes went up and so did Kiely's salary. Weird.
Ted July 18, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Just reviewed my City Dialogue, a twelve page quarterly glossy city info-mag. On the bottom of page six there is a two line paragraph (28 words) that has a misleading title--"Water Bill Inserts Notification". The buried paragraph is as follows: "The new Refuse Fee is $8 per month per household, or $96 per year. The $24 charge will appear on your quarterly water bill, and labeled "Refuse Collection"." While this new fee will raise approximately $650K annually and subject to increase annually, there is no other commensurate increase in service or decrease in property taxes elsewhere. Just another nickle and dime-ing of the populace designed to be enacted under the radar and with little community input!

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