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posted: 4/24/2014 12:01 AM

Thanks, Wheaton, for zoning decision

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Thanks, Wheaton, for zoning decision

I thank Mayor Gresk of Wheaton, and council members, who all except Todd Scalzo, decided against a permit allowing Cesario Builders a zoning variation to build seven homes on three designated lots.

If you value open space, even in private neighborhoods, please thank council members, who supported preservation of that neighborhood and environment. A quick email of thanks will let them know the community values this action to preserve green space.

I mention environment, because as a resident and taxpayer, I suffer consequences of overbuilding. It has been all too common to allow oversized structures on lots, as tear downs and additions to homes have occurred in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn.

The pro-development people champion going along with the trend of density, saying this "fits with comprehensive planning." However, it is evident overdevelopment exacerbates our trend toward flooding, as well as diminishes the beauty of suburban living with its open vistas. The benefit is privatized, but the cost is publicized when we pay for flood control and cleanup.

Jill Paulus

Wheaton

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