As city officials prepare updates to the Lake Geneva Comprehensive Plan, threats of a map change to Hillmoor have resurfaced - with virtually no opportunities for community input. Learn more in our recent blog post update, and sign our petition below directed at city officials supporting a responsible update to the Comprehensive Plan that incorporates residents’ feedback and ultimately prioritizes community needs over commercial interests.
Dear City Leaders:
As a proud member of the Geneva Lake community, I am writing in support of a transparent and fair decision-making process regarding the city's Comprehensive Plan update, particularly the future of the Hillmoor property.
Because it is marked Private Recreation, Hillmoor would need to be re-zoned by the city as commercial to allow any development plan. It is essential that both the Lake Geneva City Council and community members have a clear understanding of any potential uses and development of this area prior to any such change.
Given the property’s value to the community, any development plan should be strongly influenced by residents’ feedback collected during a designated comment period that includes the distribution of surveys and well-promoted public hearings with city officials during which community members can voice their concerns.
In November 2018, the Lake Geneva City Council voted to deny the proposed amendments regarding the Recreational Use of the property. I was proud to learn that Council Members Cindy Flower, Shari Straube, Ken Howell and (former member) Elizabeth Chappell voted to protect Hillmoor, and I hope city leaders step up again to prevent commercial interests from being prioritized over community needs.
I stand with Care for Lake Geneva in supporting a responsible Comprehensive Plan update that accomplishes the following:
In the hope that community leaders will be transparent in its decision making, Care for Lake Geneva has worked with local advocates to create a Community Development Map that articulates the community's vision for Hillmoor. A central priority is to preserve the green space while preventing commercial and real estate development. This map identifies venues that are appropriate for the property's Private Recreation zoning. You will find this map on the attached page.
I am confident that by listening to the community, the city can develop a plan that does not cater to commercial interests at the sake of perverting that which makes our community so great.
Geneva Lake Community Member