Cherry Valley Residents Speak Out Against Subdivision

A proposed subdivision is too big, according to many Boone County residents. The 1,300 acre development would bring 6,000 people in over the next 15 years. Right now Cherry Valley has less than 2,500 people. One of the biggest concerns is the already overflowing Belvidere schools system.

"We're stretched to the seams now with what we can do for the kids and our schools are full; this will kill us," said Belvidere School Board Member Doug Smiley.

Smiley spoke for the school board when he told village trustees that this is the first housing development the board has ever publicly been against. Other concerns include infrastructure problems and what some feel has been a lack of public notice.

“Why does this have to happen so quickly? I realize we have three weeks now, but today was the first time I heard about this,” said Pat Stegemann, a local resident.

But village board president Jim Claeysson says this is no where close to a done deal, and the village is simply trying to figure out what is best for everyone.

“After this hearing we're all going to take a step back for a couple weeks go over documents, have more discussion. It has been on every committee agenda for the last two months, Boone County development.”