DIXON – The Lee County Board voted down a proposal Tuesday for a wedding barn on Sink Hollow Road with members concerned about increased traffic hazards and noise.
Couple Kole and Kelsie Weaver were planning to buy the home and barn at 2062 Sink Hollow Road and asked the county for a special-use permit to operate a seasonal wedding barn from April 1 to Oct. 31, looking to host about 12 to 15 weekend events a year.
Board member David Bally said the majority of the neighbors in that area were against the proposal, and he personally was concerned about road safety with blind spots and increased traffic causing bottle necks.
It also would be too noisy for the neighborhood, board member Greg Witzleb said.
“People moved out there for peace and tranquility, and this is going to take that away from them,” Witzleb said.
The interference with the neighbors’ quality of life would not be worth the revenue the wedding barn would bring to the county, board member Arlan McClain said.
Board member Tim Deem emphasized that the Lee County Zoning Board of Appeals voted in favor of the proposal and set several conditions for the Weavers to address noise and traffic.
“We wouldn’t have any businesses if we went solely on noise,” Deem said. “Too many restrictions inhibit the growth of our own county.”
Board member Chris Norberg agreed with Deem and said it can be a challenge for young people to find a wedding venue, and this would give them another option.
The proposal failed 11 to 9 against the permit, with board member Tom Kitson abstaining.
The Lee County Board next meets at 6 p.m. May 21 in the third-floor board room of the Old Lee County Courthouse, 112 E. Second St.
The agenda will be posted at leecountyil.com 2 days before the meeting.