The following petition to the Woodsotck City Council is circulating by Colleen Connally in Woodstock opposing a new large, dense development near Downtown:
Stop! The Development Founders Crossing in Downtown Woodstock IL.
The Founders Crossing development, if approved, will be the demise of this quaint historic town!
The developer is presenting the Founders Crossing subdivision plan that has been rejected 3 times by the planning commission to the city council on Tuesday Nov. 19th.
The mayor is strongly in favor of this development and it appears he has persuaded other people serving on the council to vote to pass this plan.
The plan is extremely NOT suitable for the premium land which is located next to the downtown historic square.
It consists of highly compacted single family homes set 6 feet apart with 10 foot setbacks with no green space.
The design and materials do not comply with the regulations of the historic district.
This is not the developer for this premium property!
He has been rejected by our neighboring towns many times over the course of many years.
One in fact rejected him 5 times!
The developer needs the approval of the city council in order to close on the property.
The deadline on their contract to purchase is at the end of November.
This is the last extension from the bank.
So therefore, the developer will NOT be going back to the Planning Commission with the revisions and the market studies that they have requested 3 times and the developer will NOT be putting the plan in front of the Historic Preservation Commission for their review.
This has been going on for a year and the developer still hasn’t done the required market studies!
The city of Woodstock is the only municipality in the county that does not follow the recommendations of their commissions!
This is a very dangerous practice for the future of the city economic stability and growth not to mention the aesthetics.
If this plan is approved it will be the ruin of this town!
The parking and traffic congestion will be unbearable since it is already a major problem for our downtown area, the square, and the neighborhood.
The mayor is making a major decision that can effect our town indefinitely and his term expires in 6 mos. and he has announced his run for state rep.
His sights are on moving to our state capitol.
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The petition can be found here.