Opposition Builds to Large-Scale Commercial Development on Route 12
Public comments to be heard on Dimucci development, at Route 12 and Old McHenry Road, during June 20 meeting.
Representatives of two groups have expressed opposition to a commercial development proposed for Route 12 and Old McHenry Road.
The Dimucci family has submitted a development application to Lake County to develop their approximately 109 acres of property at the southeast corner of Route 12 and Old McHenry Road. The request is for a rezoning from residential to commercial with a planned unit development to allow for up to 53 acres of high-quality commercial development, surrounded by about 50 acres of open space. Lake County Planning, Building and Development has more information on its website.
Lake Zurich-based Active Citizens for Responsible Expansion Inc., also called ACRE, and the Barrington Area Council of Governments are opposed to the plan.
BACOG has pointed out in a news release that the proposed development ignores an intergovernmental agreement between Hawthorn Woods and North Barrington and does not follow the Lake County Framework Plan.
ACRE stated in a news release “Such an enormous commercial development would pose dire, area-wide impacts on local residents and business owners. Previous evaluations by experts have helped determine that such a large development would generate significant traffic congestion, would be an anchor for commercial sprawl and a magnet for crime, and would negatively impact quality of life and other environmental factors in our local communities.”
North Barrington and Hawthorn Woods officials have adopted resolutions opposing the plan, according to the Barrington Courier Review.
The June 20 public meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at Concorde Banquets, 20922 N. Rand Road, Kildeer. Each member of the public will be allowed up to three minutes to make a statement about the project.