The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce and Industry said village trustees recently voted against the Anets Woods proposal to build 34 single-family homes on 18 acres of land at Voltz and Waukegan roads.
The proposed project would preserve 3 acres of trees along the western edge of the property adjacent to Waukegan Road, but trustees stated they are not sure the project is the best use of the site. Trustees agreed to reconsider the matter and allow the developer to come before them with improved plans.
Trustee Kathryn Ciesla had urged trustees to consider the negative impact of the project on the community. “We have a responsibility to say no to this project,” Ciesla said. “We need to ask ourselves ‘Is this the best development for this site?’ Not one person or business has advocated for this. The only beneficiary is the developer and the person selling it.”
Ciesla said that the million-dollar homes would be built on tiny lots and that the traffic patterns near the development would be unsafe.
Trustee Bob Israel agreed, stating that reducing the project to 34 homes would not be enough to satisfy the community. He also objected to use of electronic gates on a private road into the development.
Ciesla was the only trustee voting against the motion to allow the developer to appear at the April 12 Village Board meeting. After the meeting, she said too many exceptions were requested on the site, and she felt there were too many general concerns, particularly regarding traffic and safety.
“We need to build houses appropriate for the lot,” Ciesla said. “I don’t see any compelling reason to provide this developer with an exception.”