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I, like many other residents of the Village of Bloomingdale, was saddened when the Indian Lakes ownership informed the public that the golf course would be closed. The golf course has been an integral part of the Village over the last 50 years. While the Indian Lakes ownership has released plans pertaining to the redevelopment of the golf course prior to its submittal to the Village’s Planning Commission, our residents should understand that the Village’s goal is to ensure that any subsequent redevelopment of the property is consistent and uniform with the surrounding residential properties and maintains the open space nature of the property. While my desire is to keep the golf course open in some form or fashion, I recognize that the future use of the golf course property will be a decision that the Village Board of Trustees will make following input from the community.
Although the future use of the golf course remains uncertain at this time, I want to assure Village residents and make clear to the Indian Lakes ownership that the Village will not be making any redevelopment decisions without significant input from Village residents. As part of any redevelopment process of the golf course, the Village will seek to balance the often competing interests of the golf course owner, the surrounding residents, and the Village. During this process, the Village will be guided by its obligation to preserve the zoning integrity of the surrounding residential properties along the golf course and its commitment to preserve the open space nature of the property contemplated under the Village’s Comprehensive Plan. As the Village moves forward in its discussions with the golf course owner, I encourage the community to reach out to the Village to share your ideas and concerns regarding the future of the Indian Lakes Golf Course.