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Extension of sewer service for River Road project OK’d

Updated: March 15, 2014 6:06AM

One of the final hurdles in the path of a 65-unit development on River Road south of Route 120 was cleared on Tuesday, Feb. 11, when the Lake County Board voted 19-2 to approve a revised agreement to extend sewer lines to the property.

The agreement reached on Tuesday amended a 2011 measure that would have provided sewer capacity for 41 homes on the 22.3 acre parcel, reflecting a previous concept for the property that stalled during the recession.

In December, the Waukegan City Council voted 7-1 to approve the River Glen Capital Group’s plan for 65 detached homes after rejecting a number of concepts that included a bid for 139 townhomes last summer.

According to both city and county officials, the density on the land would amount to .34 units per acre, which falls within the county’s Framework Land Use benchmark of .25 to one acre in the area. In a Jan. 27 report, county planners stated that “there is enough sewer capacity to serve the study area at the density proposed by the city of Waukegan.”

The county’s approval of the agreement allows Libertyville-based River Glen to proceed with a reported $1.2 million in infrastructure improvements that include the sewer expansion.

“I would like to thank the County Board for their overwhelming support to move this project forward,” Chris Shaw of River Glen Partners said in a statement following the vote. “We now can and will apply for the necessary permits to begin construction this year.”

Last month, the project also won formal support from both the Warren Township High School and Woodland School districts, with officials from both saying their facilities could accommodate any students emerging from the new housing.

“The district has leveled off in enrollment and is actually experiencing a slight decline, which provides space at our schools,” Woodland District 50 Associate Superintendent Bob Leonard wrote in a Jan. 30 letter to Waukegan planning staff. “We believe the decline in enrollment is due to factors in the economy, which have slowed the normal turnover in homes to new families that we would normally anticipate.”

River Glen officials estimate that, at buildout, Woodland would receive $450,163 per year from property taxes generated by the subdivision, based on 2012 rates.

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