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Campton Hills trustees question process for proposed addiction treatment center

CAMPTON HILLS – Village trustees abruptly tabled discussion Tuesday about their opposition to a proposed drug and alcohol treatment center for a former boys school.

Maxxam Partners LLC is seeking a special use permit from Kane County for property formerly known as Glenwood Academy, 41W400 Silver Glen Road.

Residents and some now on the board opposed annexing it when it was Kiva Recovery in 2013. That project was voted down, but now a similar one is applying directly to the county.

Mark VanKerkhoff, director of the Kane County Development and Community Services Department, had said a Zoning Board of
Appeals hearing on the special use request from Maxxam Partners request has not yet been scheduled.

“It requires a public hearing and a vote to make a recommendation,” VanKerkhoff said. “Then it will go to the Development Committee and then the full County Board. Those dates have not been set yet.”

VanKerkhoff said the special use is required because the property is zoned for farming.

“The facilities constructed by Glenwood were constructed under a special use for a school for … residency. Their proposed use is similar to a hospital or convalescent facility, which are permitted special uses in the [farming] district,” VanKerkhoff said.

Before tabling the issue, Campton Hills trustees questioned how the Maxxam application for a special use was accepted by the county.

“Kane County is accepting the special use application, based on their state’s attorney’s recommendation,” Village Administrator Jennifer Johnsen said. “So [Wednesday] attorney [Julie] Tappendorf and I and [village zoning officer] Chris Ranieri, will be meeting at the county to hear of their reason. The state’s attorney will be there to tell us why.”

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