Winnebago County Planned Community Development

Stormont Highlands is a planned community development that would bring 223 new homes to rural Winnebago County, but it isn't your typical subdivision.

By mixing houses with open fields and forest, the project has a close relationship with natural space. One hundred percent of homes back up to green space.

Several homes surrounding the proposed site have publicly displayed their grievances with the project.

Ron Wright lives just across the street from the proposed subdivision and says, “None of the neighbors, the village of Winnebago doesn't want it the school system doesn't want it no one wants it except for the developers themselves.”

Wright says the strain on the school system will out weigh the $2.5 million of property tax revenue generated by the homes. The Winnebago County zoning board has found the plan has met all legal requirements and has the right to be voted on by the full board.

That vote will take place Thursday, May 11.

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