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Romeoville residents oppose Bluff Road warehouse development

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Area residents voiced opposition to a plan to develop and build warehouse space along Bluff Road.

Members of a homeowners’ association and one member of the Sierra Club voiced opposition to the plan during a Wednesday night Village Board meeting.

According to a news release from the Bluff Road community concerning their opposition to the plan, Bluff Road is well known for its rolling hills, forest preserves and a scenic view of the Des Plaines River Valley. The release also states that the area is popular with hikers and cyclists.

According to the news release, the development plan would call for tree removal in order to create flat areas, and the village’s plan is to have two warehouses built on the land. The release also said that there will be harmful environmental effects as a result of this plan.

One of these environmental effects would be the relaxing of the clean water standards of storm sewers and major storm water systems.

The Bluff Road residents at the board meeting voiced similar sentiment to what was written in the community news release, particularly regarding the environmental and traffic problems regarding what the development plan could cause.

Susan Larson, who grew up on Bluff Road and now is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, explained the harmful environmental effects that the proposed development plan could cause.

“When you look at the profile of the land and the steep slope, it becomes obvious that it should not be developed with the current plan because of the geotechnical changes,” Larson explained.

Bluff Road resident Phil Smunt explained the traffic concerns that building the warehouses could cause, specifically the access point that would be put in place for trucks.

“I see zero benefits to the plan. I think that the only thing that will come out the plan will be negative benefits.” Smunt said.

Smunt also explained that commuters who use Bluff Road, residents and bicyclists will be negatively impacted by the truck access point. Smunt also said that there has been a recent uptick in homes being put up for sale near the area where the warehouses are to be built.

Smunt believes that Bluff Road residents don’t want to deal with the hassle of the development project.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the town of residence of the Bluff Road participants at the meeting.