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Following expiration of boundary line, campground owner seeks annexation in Oswego

This Yorkville-Oswego agreement expired on September 1, 2021. However, during ongoing boundary line negotiations, the City of Yorkville agreed to place the property on the Oswego side of the new boundary line.

Oswego Village Council will make the decision Tuesday evening to expand its boundaries by annexing Fox Bluff Vacation Cottage and RV Resort, the former Hide-A-Way Lakes Campground, a source of trouble for the County Council of Oswego. Kendall in the past.

Listed in the meeting documents, the campground will receive an annual credit equal to the amount of annual property tax paid for the portion of the Village of Oswego property tax bill to be used against building permit for a period not exceeding 3 years.

In an effort to earn more revenue, the village hotel tax will apply to cabins, tents or structures that the owner provides for overnight stays. The tax will not apply to campers who use their own camping structures for overnight stays.

The property will be permitted to apply for a liquor license and will be subject to the rules and regulations of that license. A limited number and size of outdoor entertainment will be permitted for park guests and will be subject to Village requirements for special events, including compliance with the Village Noise Ordinance.

Now under new ownership and management, the plot is just off Van Emmon Road with the potential for 1,150 full hookup sites on 151 acres. There are currently 650 sites.

Rep. Lance Beatch Campground in Bull Valley, Illinois is asking for rezoning and annexation. Here’s Beatch in a WSPY interview last May.

Although the campground is not adjacent to the current boundaries of Oswego, properties in Kendall County may enter into annexation agreements with the village without being abutting the village.

However, the planning commission and the village staff disagree on how long a camper can stay. The commission decided that a length of stay requirement would be difficult to control.

Oswego Community Development Manager Rod Zenner said staff are proposing that campers cannot reside on the property for more than four consecutive months.

The planning commission and village staff agree that campers cannot designate a campsite as their permanent residence.

Village staff recommended the creation of an RV resort park or liquor license for a campground for a restaurant, retail, convenience store or outdoor entertainment venue.

Under the campground’s former owner, the Oswego Police Department responded to assist the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office fifteen times from 2013 through 2020. According to agenda documents, police in Oswego has not responded to help with calls under the new owner, including a significant drop in calls for the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.

Command staff from the Oswego Police Department conducted a tour of the property with the new owner and noticed significant improvements which they believe improved quality of life issues that would have existed in the past. After reviewing the number of calls for service under the new owner at this location, the police department says this will not impact its current level of service, adding that police will monitor calls for service at this location. location and will liaise with the property owner to address any concerns.

Beatch said since he bought the Fox Bluff RV complex 18 months ago, 250 trailers have been removed and permanent residents are no longer allowed. Beatch also said he was trying to attract vacationers such as transitional people, staying for up to a week; seasonal, use as a weekend cottage; and construction workers staying up to 9 months.

Beatch plans to create a premier luxury campground in the Chicagoland area, complete with “glamping” and cabin rentals, multiple pools, and other luxury and recreational amenities.

A second phase will also include “glamping/cabins” where the owner will provide high-end campers, cabins or other accommodation structures that a client can rent for their stay.

The third phase contains approximately 250 sites. It will be a private gated section of the rest of the facility and will contain their own amenity center with a swimming pool, clubhouse and sports courts.

Under the campground’s previous ownership, the Oswego Police Department responded to assist the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office fifteen times from 2013 through 2020. According to agenda documents, Oswego Police did not respond to help with calls under the new ownership, including a significant drop in calls for the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office.

Command staff from the Oswego Police Department conducted a tour of the property with the new owner and noticed significant improvements which they believe improved quality of life issues that would have existed in the past. After reviewing the number of calls for service under the new owner at this location, the police department says this will not impact its current level of service, adding that police will monitor calls for service at this location. location and will liaise with the property owner to address any concerns.

The property will not be required to connect to the village sanitary sewer or water main. The property is annexed to the village in its present state with gravel paths and driveways

In addition, the board will vote on the budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year which shows that expenses exceed all fund revenues by $1.4 million. It comes after general fund revenue was cut by $330,280 in the state’s shared revenue accounts due to uncertainty in the economy.

The budget includes $17 million in funding for capital improvements, showing that $1.5 million was spent to accommodate the Wolfs Crossing widening for traffic lane acquisition costs .

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