Alex Kline-Wedeen said he has a genuine concern for the future of Sugar Grove, which is why he is running for village trustee on April 2.
Kline-Wedeen wants to help create a better future for what he believes is “an amazing community and a great place to live.”
Skills he would contribute if elected to the village board would be his ability to listen, lead and make decisions on the future of the village, Kline-Wedeen said.
“My experience in sales and marketing allows for unique perspectives to be brought to the board,” said Kline-Wedeen, who is assistant to the president at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.
Regarding a controversial issue in Sugar Grove — the village board’s comprehensive plan amendment relating to property at the IL-47 and I-88 interchange — Wedeen said the village board did what was legally required, but “that was simply not enough.”
The 2018 amendment changed the village’s long-range intent for the interchange property owned by Crown Community Development from estate residential to business park use.
Kline-Wedeen said village officials didn’t seek to understand the pulse and thoughts of the community before amending the plan, which is the village’s guide for future development.
“The mark was obviously missed on this,” he said.
While development will happen and needs to happen, community leaders must make sure it is done in manner that benefits both current and future residents of the Sugar Grove, Kline-Wedeen added.
At recent public hearings during which Crown sought formal rezoning of the property for flexible, mixed use, many residents opposed the request, which the company then withdrew. Kline-Wedeen believes the reaction of the community showed that they want more of a voice and additional communication in determining what the best course of action is for the interchange property.
Future development in Sugar Grove is the most important issue facing the village, Kline-Wedeen said.
“In the coming decade our beautiful village will grow,” he said. “It is up to the leaders to make sure that it is done in a careful way.”
With residents’ input, as well as the knowledge of trustees and the village administration, decisions need to be made that benefit both current and future generations in Sugar Grove, Kline-Wedeen said.
Kline-Wedeen’s goal as a trustee would be to help the community contribute a stronger voice and provide valuable feedback on village issues before community officials make those decisions, he said.