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Terrance Wallace wants to relocate his InZone Project from Wauconda to this 12,000-square-foot mansion on roughly 28 acres in Barrington Hills so he can provide better opportunities for 25 children who are under his legal guardianship. Wallace said the boys from the inner city would attend Barrington Area Unit District 220 schools and live in a nurturing environment with support.

Terrance Wallace wants his InZone Project in the 12,000-square-foot home on roughly 28 acres so the inner-city Chicago children of color, who are under his legal guardianship, can live in a nurturing residential environment with support. The plan is to relocate InZone from Wauconda to Barrington Hills, with the boys there before school starts in August.

Wallace, who hosted the online forum that drew about 200 visitors, said he first contacted Barrington Hills in April 2018 to make village officials aware of his plan and did not receive a response for several months. He said officials have continued to ignore his recent emails, and he has questioned whether discrimination is behind Barrington Hills’ inaction.

In a statement before the forum, Barrington Hills officials reiterated that few details were provided when the InZone proposal arrived in 2018. Wallace was directed to consult the village’s codes to ensure compliance with use of the residentially zoned land.

Village Attorney Patrick Bond told the Daily Herald that the issue solely is about how Barrington Hills’ zoning code applies to the plan.

During a question-and-answer portion of Thursday’s town hall over Zoom, Wallace eventually bristled at text queries on who would own the property and pay taxes on the six-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion that includes an indoor basketball court, a library and an outdoor pool. He said he’ll be the owner and that no one needs to know how the deal was worked out.

“Someone is asking questions about property taxes,” Wallace said. “Again, I don’t feel I need to disclose to you, me paying. As a homeowner, do you pay your property taxes? I don’t think you would be asking me this question, No. 1, if I was not Black and if I didn’t have all my boys.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

Related: “Fact checking

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Dear Barrington Hills Residents:

As you may be aware, the Village of Barrington Hills has received media coverage and social media posts regarding a proposal by the InZone Project and Mr. Terrence Wallace. Various comments and concerns about the proposal have been shared with the Village Board and Village Administration. The Village acknowledges the importance of ensuring that any project, including this proposal, complies with all applicable ordinances, laws, and regulations.

Recognizing that this proposal has generated significant community interest, the Village has retained Special Counsel to work directly with InZone and the Village to determine the most appropriate course of action for this proposal. We ask the community to be patient and understand that the Village is taking the steps necessary to ensure that this proposal satisfies all health, safety, and other standards. Compliance with these standards is in the best interests of the community regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, religion, or any other individual self-identified status or immutable characteristic.

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On Monday night, CBS Chicago reported a story that included audio and text stating the following:

“Over 20 acres of tree-lined property nestled in affluent Barrington Hills feature tennis courts and a sprawling home purchased by Terrance Wallace, the InZone Project founder.” (InZone Project Founder Says He’s Been Hit With Red Tape In Efforts To Bring Black And Brown Boys From Chicago To Live In Barrington Hills Mansion.)

There is no recorded public record of a recent sale of the property on 541 Merri Oaks Road. Public records do indicate that the property is currently owned by a Trust and has been under the ownership of the Trust or related parties since 2002.

Public records indicate that 2019 Real Estate Taxes were approximately $32,000, down from approximately $50,000 for 2018, and in both years, a homeowner’s exemption of $6,000 was taken. (Note: To take a general homestead exemption in Lake County, IL, the Property must be the principal residence of the owner as of the first of the year in which the exemption is claimed and this exemption can only be received on one property.)

If Mr. Wallace has other financial arrangements with the owner, it is not available in public records we can find.

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Although the leader of an organization helping disadvantaged minority youths contends race is a factor in his delayed plan to move into a Barrington Hills home with 25 children of color, village officials say the zoning code is the only issue.

Terrance Wallace wants to move his InZone Project into the 12,000-square-foot home on roughly 28 acres so he can provide opportunities for the children, who are under his legal guardianship, to live in a nurturing residential environment with support. He said he wants to relocate InZone to Barrington Hills from its temporary Wauconda home.

Wallace said he first contacted Barrington Hills in April 2018 to make village officials aware of his plan and did not receive a response for several months. He said officials have continued to ignore his recent emails.

“I definitely believe that has everything to do (with race),” Wallace said after he and several supporters brought their concerns to the village board meeting Monday night.

Village Attorney Patrick Bond said officials don’t have all the facts needed from Wallace and that race is not an issue.

“Everybody follows the same rules,” Bond said. “The zoning code doesn’t know what color you are, what race you are, what religion you are. That’s just not the case. The rules apply to everybody who comes into this village. And that’s not unique to this village. It’s not unique to this county. It’s not unique to this state.”

Read more here.

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Our Village Board of Trustees meets this evening at 6:30 PM. A copy of their agenda, including instructions on participating remotely, may be viewed and downloaded here.

Tonight’s agenda is relatively routine. However, the board will be discussing the 2019 Annual Audit Report, and two of trustees won’t be deprived of an opportunity to ask inane questions given the opportunity, so the meeting will likely be longer than usual.

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The June meeting agenda of the Zoning Board of Appeals contains a variety of topics, including:

  • Text Amendment – MKES Investments, LLC – “Professional Office Uses.”
  • Al-Azhar Islamic Foundation – 160 Hawthorne Road: Expansion of Parking Lot
  • The Sanfilippo Foundation: Creating a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”
  • Map Amendment – The Sanfilippo Foundation – 789 Plum Tree Road: Rezoning to a “Charitable Giving Overlay District”

A copy of this evening’s agenda, including instructions on participating remotely, can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals Village of Barrington Hills Text Amendment/ Map Amendment Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:30 PM by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Barrington Hills at the Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, Barrington Hills, concerning an application filed by Jeffrey T. Sanfilippo and The Sanfilippo Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation for (1) a text amendment to Title 5 – Zoning Regulations of the Municipal Code to add new zoning regulations to create a Charitable Giving Overlay District, and (2) in the event the new regulations are adopted, to provide for a map amendment to change the zoning classification of specific property to the Charitable Giving Overlay District.

The property under consideration for rezoning is commonly identified as 789 Plum Tree Road, Barrington Hills, IL, and by Parcel Nos. 20-29-126-014; 20-29-126-015; 20-29-126-016; 20-29-126-017; 20-29-126-018; 20-29-127-002; 20-29-127-003; 20-29-176-002; and 20-29-176-005. A copy of the Zoning Ordinance, the proposed amendment thereto, and the application for rezoning are available for examination by appointment at the office of the Village Clerk at the Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road, weekdays between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Also a copy of this notice and zoning application will be available at the Village website vbhil.gov/meeting-packets/ included in the packet for this Zoning Board Meeting.

In response to Coronavirus, and the requirement to limit physical attendance at Village Hall, parties interested in this application may attend in person, but are invited to attend the Public Hearing by telephone or conference call. To participate remotely, a link and phone number will be provided on the agenda.

All those interested will be given an opportunity to be heard, but only during the public comments and public hearing section of the meeting. Written comments and questions on the application will be made part of the record of this proceeding, and any question posed will be asked of the application. Please limit written testimony to 200 words, as such comments will be read by staff aloud during the meeting, if requested.

All written comments/questions will be accepted in person or by email in the office of the Village Clerk through 3:00 PM Monday, June 15, 2020. Verbal live commenting via the online web conferencing system is also available, but for technical reasons written comments are strongly preferred. The agenda and materials for this meeting will be posted no later than the end of the day on Friday, June 12, 2020 at www.vbhil.gov.

Persons seeking additional information concerning the application, accessing the virtual meetings, or requesting alternative means to provide testimony or public comment are directed to email the Village Clerk at clerk@vbhil.gov.

A copy of the agenda packet for the June 15th Zoning Board meeting as it appears as of this publishing can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Lake Barrington has joined a small but growing list of places where open burning on residential property is temporarily banned in what officials say is an effort to help residents with respiratory problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open burning of leaves, brush, sticks, small branches and other trimmings on Lake Barrington residential properties — away from any structures — typically is allowed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 through May 31. However, the village board Tuesday night approved the immediate temporary ban that’ll run through Dec. 31.

Nearby Barrington Hills, which has a 5-acre residential lot minimum, is one of the few municipalities to allow burning on the properties. The village board has not enacted a ban.

“My sense is a restriction or ban (on burning) is not the general consensus, but I can’t answer for the board,” Village President Martin McLaughlin said. “We will see when a recommendation comes forward.”

Barrington Hills’ regulations include a maximum of three hours of burning per day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Residents are allowed to burn dry firewood, landscape waste and lumber that hasn’t been treated or painted.

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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Our Village Board of Trustees meets this evening, and one of the topics on their agenda is the,Open Burning Ordinance.” We have the sneaking suspicion this might me the first of many occasions this subject will appear in their and other’s agendas.

Many residents have shared their thoughts and frustrations on this ordinance since it was first passed around the turn of the century. It rarely comes up in public discussion even though open burning of “bonfires” is a daily occurrence somewhere in Barrington Hills.

Since it will be discussed tonight, here are some of our collective thoughts on what we see as the two primary components of contention of the ordinance:

Bonfire size:

The code states, “A bonfire shall not be more than 5 ft X 5 ft X 5 ft in dimension.”

Our experience is that few residents gather a bonfire for the purposes of roasting weenies and s’mores. When tree limbs and other debris are stacked on their five-acre property, can it be assumed that residents are following code or is it more likely that their bonfires are “illegal” due to the size?

Clearly there needs to be limits to the limits of the burn pile (our technical term), but the current limits are too low and unrealistic in most cases.

Hours and duration burning is allowed:

No bonfire shall be started or maintained other than between the hours of 10:00 AM. to 10:00 PM and for a maximum duration of 3 hours per day:

Experience shows winds are almost always calmest in the early morning and late evening hours. On any given day, by 7:00 – 8:00 AM, if you cannot see some neighborhoods with smoke rising, you will likely smell it some days.

Then, depending on the season, by 6:00 PM people are outdoors enjoying their property from barbecues to bocce, and they likely do not appreciate the smell of smoke other than that from their own grills. Also, in the spring and fall, who does not want to open their windows for fresh, cool air?

Summarizing, when it comes to size and time/duration of bonfires, although in most cases inadvertently, residents are breaking the law. If the codes are deemed acceptable, they should be enforced. If not, the need to be amended.

The Board of Trustees meeting is at 6:30, and a link to the remote proceedings can be accessed here.

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Recordings from the remotely orchestrated Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night have been posted and can be accessed for your listening pleasure by clicking here.

At the beginning of Trustee Brian Cecola’s Public Safety report, he read a letter he entered in to the record that we felt we should post now in light of the events on Old Sutton Road three weeks ago today.

His letter reads as follows:

“I want take this opportunity as public safety chair to personally thank our officers for the fine work they did with this recent incident. I also want to thank our surrounding communities police tasks force without their assistance and support it would be impossible tb investigate and handle situations like this.

As the public may or may not be aware when we have incidents, we rely upon intergovernmental agreements with surrounding communities to support each other in investigations.

In a recent meeting with the village president and administrator and in conjunction with the treasurer and the Police Chief I am advocating to move forward with presenting the· costs associated with this investigation for immediate reimbursement from the property owner the rental company agencies and the responsible party who rented this property.

As you may all be aware this village board tasked our Village attorney with notifying the owner of their non-compliance which they did promptly days prior to this incident.

It appears the property owner and rental agencies ignored our Instructions even after they agreed days prior that they were in violation.

They did so at their peril and if we do not recover our taxpayer’s costs then I suggest we take immediate legal action to do so.”

Hopefully Police Chief Joseph Colditz will have much more to report on this incident very soon.

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