DuPage County Board Decision Respects Rights of Property-Owner
The owner of a private golf course near Lombard had plans to sell the property to a developer and retire. That is, until the Village of Lombard stepped in. Refusing to re-zone the land, the village effectively stymied the landowner’s plans. Earlier this week, the DuPage County Board overruled the village, allowing the development to proceed. Prior to the vote, AFP-Illinois State Director David From delivered the following remarks to the Board:
“While government has a valid duty to enact fair and reasonable regulations regarding land use and development, it is equally if not more important that government respect the rights of property owners and promote economic freedom.
“The professional staff of the county, the Zoning Board and the members of the development committee have all affirmed that this proposed project is a compatible and appropriate use for this land.
“Furthermore, it is clear that this project will create badly needed jobs, inject millions into the local economy and help jump start a stagnant real estate sector.
“It is also important for this board to reaffirm the rights of property owners to use and develop their property as a critical cog in our economic engine.
“Throwing taxpayer-funded roadblocks in the way of private development is akin to taking away the fundamental right of property owners.
“At any time, the village or park district could have sought to purchase this land by putting a legal offer on the table. They have not chosen to do so. And, as we know, to make such a purchase would likely require a referendum and taxpayer-funded bonds, most of which are not approved by the voters.
“We are not talking about a development that poses a risk to neighbors or will have some clearly negative impact on their lives or property. Some people may PREFER some other use, but that does not allow them to strip the rights of others.
“Americans for Prosperity seeks to promote greater economic freedom to spur greater economic growth. This is a case where both issues are at stake and we hope that this board will agree with its staff, the Zoning Board and its development committee and approve the proposed change.”
To read more about the issue, click here for a Daily Herald article on the meeting.