Settler's Hill With 'Ravinia-Style' Events Center?

Kane County Board member Mike Donahue outlines some of the county's plans.

  • Editor's note: This story ran as a preview to Monday night's City Council meeting. We'll have an update on Tuesday.

There are two items on Monday night's City Council agenda worthy of note: the budget, and Mike Donahue's presentation on the Settler's Hill "end use" plan.

The budget, of course, is of immediate interest and impact. But perhaps the more intriguing of the two in the long haul is the possiblity of what might be at Settler's Hill Landfill.

The agenda packet doesn't include a lot of information except for a map. The map, however, includes some interesting footnotes. For example:

  • An executive golf course
  • Mountain biking course 
  • Ravinia-style concert and events center
  • Potential restaurant site
  • First Tee Center complex
  • Driving range 
  • Potential hotel
  • Potential medical and rehabilitation center
  • Small events stage (near Fifth Third Bank Ballpark)
  • Fishing pond
  • Overlook observatory
  • Hilltop endurance trail
  • Sled hills
  • Cross country course

The Ravinia-style concert area would be on existing Fabyan Forrest Preserve property across the street from the Fabyan windmill. The footprint of the plan extends all the way to the intersection of Route 25 and Fabyan Parkway.

There's a lot more, of course, but we'll have to wait until after the council meeting to share.

Meanwhile, a PDF of the plan is attached here. Look for a City Council quick story on the budget later tonight (Monday, April 16) and additional stories to come.

Jim MacRunnels April 17, 2012 at 09:44 PM
All the talk about this and that.....the real question is how much is it going to COST!
Martha Hanna April 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I am running for county board 11 my opponent is Mike Donahue. The only thing I can agree with in this major plan of massive spending is to improve the golf course and put in a driving range. The rest of the plan I am against.
Augi Fesi April 19, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Martha, As a resident of Fox Run I would like to contact you, do you have a public site? I know I along with others would like to get your help and support.
John R April 20, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I am going to go hike around these woods on either Sunday or Monday. I suspect these woods are not the old growth jewell that some of you believe. They appear to be full of unburned fuel and dead or dying Ash tree's. Typically, there's a burn cycle for forest but that cycle has been repressed over the years. As a result these types of properties have become and are massive fire hazards as ton's of unburned fuel have built up on the forest floor. If you live in Fox Run you might want to take this into account when formulating your opinion regarding how this property is going to be used. The current state of these woods is actually an issue I had planned on taking up with the Kane County Forest presearve. Forest preseaves like these are also havens for all types of illicit activity. Think sex , drugs etc....The last time my wife and I pulled into a Kane County Forest preseave, the one north of St. Charles on Rt. 31, two male head's popped up in a mini van. Needless to say we sort of interrupted their little party. I've oftened wondered if our little wood lot isn't being used for various non family type activities. I'm neither for or against the rough usage plan which is beginning to take shape. But as you can tell I do lean toward some type of development. But there are a lot of questions to be answered and issues to be resolved. But it does seem that a well thought out plan could result in another economic piston for the area. John
Augi Fesi April 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
John, I agree with you as for the clean up of over growth and the preservation of the forest itself. There are plenty of historical structures on these grounds along with Indian Burial Grounds. .As for the other activities you mention, I haven't seen it here, this is a very family orientated section of the forest. I do agree with you that there needs to be control and that is one of our major concerns. I would like to see the forest managed as you mentioned, cleaned up and used as an educational site.


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