Village Votes To Allow Group Home
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 15, 2005
SUGAR GROVE, ILLINOIS--Some folks have gotten the message that you cannot block people from moving into a neighborhood on the basis of their disabilities.
But, some haven't.
The Elburn Herald reported that approximately 25 residents of the Prestbury subdivision went to the Sugar Grove Village Board on July 5 to protest plans for a group home that would house up to six adults with developmental disabilities nearby. The residents said they were worried about the increased traffic and safety concerns. They also said they were concerned that the group home residents might not be able to get safely to and from a park located across the road.
The Board, however, voted unanimously in favor of allowing the property to go ahead and be annexed to the town, thereby giving the owners permission to hook up water and sewer lines so construction can begin on the group home.
Board President Sean Michels told the protesters they needed to take their case to Kane County.
Michels explained that Kane County considers the home a permitted use, however.
"We don't want to discriminate against any user," he added.
In April, some of the residents complained to the Kane County Plan Commission that the group home would have a negative impact on their property values.
"Trustees approve agreement for Prestbury group home" (Elburn Herald)