CAMBr was invited to meet with the Kane County Planning Committee and introduce CAMBr to the Kane County Board in relationship to the proposed master plan for the development of Fabyan Woods and Settler’s Hill.This is a link to the Master Plan. The music venue in the woods and the roads to it have been deleted from the current proposal. http://www.countyofkane.com/Lists/Events/Attachments/2545/AG%20PKT%20-%20May%20Fabyan.pdf
Matt Knowles of All Spoked Up had been talking to Mike Donahue, Chair of the committee that is working on the development plan, and set up a meeting between me and Mike last Thursday. Mike showed me the very preliminary plan for the development. He was looking for input before presenting it to the board Monday afternoon. The plan as it stands has trails in the woods and along the creek to the north end of the park. Mike then asked me give a brief presentation to the board on Monday, introduce CAMBr to them and express support for trails in the master plan.
I did attend the meeting Monday afternoon, introduced CAMBr to the board, presented our mission and philosophy, outlined the size of the mountain biking community and our strong interest for mountain bike trails in the plan. I also told them it was too early to talk about the exact location of the trails, but this was a unique opportunity to be part of developing a recreation resource for the citizens of Kane County. Our presentation was very well received and we will now begin talking to the conservation and restoration groups to ensure we are working together on this project.
You can see things are moving very quickly right now, but as you know this is a project that has to work its way through the process of planning and public hearings. As I mentioned earlier this was a first pass of the plan and as expected some of the proposals were immediately nixed by the board, but mountain biking is still very much part of the plan. I will continue to update you as vetting process proceeds and inform you as to when we can use your help and show of support.
Thanks in advance for your support,
How you can help.
Chicago Area Mountain Bikers,
There is a Master plan for developing the Fabyan Woods/Settler’s Hill area for recreation of all types. Golf, sledding, hiking, XC skiing, a outdoor music venue and yes, mountain bike trails.
If you have been following this on the CAMBr site you will have read that there is an organized group, small but vocal, that are opposed to the plan and mountain biking in particular. We have been asked to help advocate for the development of this plan and to do that we need your support.
Please populate the To line of your e-mail with the addresses below. Then fill the Subject line with “Keep the Promise”. All that is left is to copy and paste the message below into the message area and add your name and address.
The goal is to send over 600 e-mails.
Thanks for your help,
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Dear Kane County Board Member/Forest Preserve Commissioner:
I support the Fabyan/Settler’s Hill Master Plan, which includes mountain bike trails and I urge you to KEEP THE PROMISE Kane County made when it asked us to support a regional solid waste landfill 35 years ago in exchange for getting a recreation complex in return when it closed. We the people have endured the noise, dust, odor and garbage truck traffic for more than three decades, and I ask you to act now to approve this plan and open the site for public enjoyment as promised.
The people who are opposing this plan are unaware, or choose to forget, the covenant entered into between Waste Management and Kane County that required Waste Management to set aside funds for the purpose redeveloping the site for public recreational use. Your predecessors entered into this agreement on our behalf and now you are obligated to uphold it.
Please KEEP THE PROMISE and approve the Fabyan/Settler’s Hill Master Plan, which includes mountain bike trails.