By Dermot Connolly
The Orland Park Village Board last week unanimously passed a resolution “objecting to and protesting” the proposed rezoning of two privately owned lots located just outside the village boundaries in Will County.
Brothers Bruce Kordas, of Homer Glen, and Paul Kordas, of Orland Park, own the properties located at 11215 W. 183rd Place, in the Precision Industrial Complex, and asked the Will County Board to change the zoning from residential to industrial. They want to sell the land to ARS Trailer Repair, which wants to open a truck-trailer repair facility there.
They tried to speak to the Village Board before the vote was taken at the July 6 meeting. But Mayor Keith Pekau pointed out that it wasn’t a public hearing and they had to wait until the floor was opened to the public to speak afterward.
Although the unincorporated property lies outside Orland Park, it is located within 1.5 miles of village boundaries, so it is considered to be within the village’s statutory planning area. The Orland Park Business Center is nearby, and it lies within the Interstate 80 corridor area that the village is working on developing in conjunction with Mokena and Tinley Park.
“It is inconsistent with our comprehensive plan,” said Greg Summers, the assistant village manager.
“This resolution registering your opposition will trigger a supermajority,” said Summers, meaning that at least two-thirds of the Will County Board, rather than a simple majority, will be needed to accomplish the zoning change.
Village officials claim that using the property for truck repairs “will be detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the village residents as well as the employees and users of the adjacent and nearby offices and businesses,” something Bruce Kordas disputed when he got his chance to speak.
He said the board was “misinformed,” and asserted that when the property was used for truck repairs in the past, “30 trucks went in and out of the site every day without any problems or complaints.” He said the zoning change was only necessary because of a “border agreement” between Orland Park and Mokena that came into being in 1997, a year after his family purchased the site.
Responding to a question from Trustee Jim Dodge, Pekau said Will County officials know of Orland Park’s opposition to the rezoning, so will not be surprised by the vote.
In other action, the Village Board approved the zoning changes and variances that will allow for the development of the Megan Nicole Ridge subdivision to move forward at 132nd Street and 88th Avenue. The 3/5-acre subdivision, to be made up of nine single-family homes on lots of roughly one-third acre each, is expected to be annexed into the village.
The developers have agreed that the retention pond on the property will be privately maintained by the future homeowners association. A special service area will be created within the subdivision that will enable a property tax to be assessed to cover the costs of upkeep if, for some reason, the homeowners association does not fulfill that obligation.