Our Mission

The Lake County Housing Authority is planning on leasing Midlothian Manor to Safe Haven who is planning to relocate 14 mentally ill individuals who suffer from longer term homelessness as a result of their disability.  The proposed used of this facility in a residential setting is a first-ever for Safe Haven.  As residents of Lake Zurich and Hawthorn Woods, we are concerned by the lack of information available on this initiative and how this program fits within a residential setting.

 

The Midlothian Property is zoned low density, Residential R-1.  The proposed use category of “Government Use” is permitted in this R-1 Residential zoning district, however we believe that the use is miscategorized and should be properly categorized as “Group Living” – which is NOT permitted in an R-1 zoning district.  When zoning and use categories do not align there are by design limitations to what an area has to offer to its residents in the form of transportation, sidewalks, first responders, and public safety.

 

This proposed improper use in our low density, residential zoning area creates severe safety, integration, and well-being concerns for all parties involved including Manor residents and local families and business.  As a result, it also creates significant justification to force a “pause” in the process.  This immediate goal to pause the process has been achieved with an administrative appeal filed by neighbors in the immediate vicinity with the Zoning Board of Appeals.  We are now focused on efforts to hold our elected county officials accountable to work within the confines of zoning law.

 

The executive committee, Residents for an Engaged Community, was formed to provide an operational and governing structure to lead and to facilitate this immediate goal with urgency, consistency, and intentional collaboration grounded with a solid system of checks and balances.  Our next immediate goal is to address the legal, operational, and social aspects of the appropriate use of the space and what it has to offer.  Longer term we strive to build a community where residents, businesses, and political partners work together proactively to preserve the safe, dynamic environment in which our families and businesses thrive.
Our Objectives:

  • Immediate– To pause the occupancy permit for Midlothian Manor.
  • Intermediate– To hold our county officials accountable and if necessary, to address the legal, operational, and social aspects of the appropriate use of the space and what it has to offer.
  • Long-term– To build a community where residents, businesses, and political partners work together proactively to preserve the safe, dynamic environment in which our families and businesses thrive.