Burr Ridge just got a little bigger.
The Burr Ridge Village Board voted Oct. 28 to annex more than 50 acres of land on the east side of the village. The land, located south of German Church Road and northeast of 87th Street, includes the gated community of Oak Knoll and the Hidden Lake subdivision on Buege Lane. Much of the newly annexed property is undeveloped.
Forced annexation of the property was possible because the area is less than 60 acres, is surrounded by land that is incorporated by either Burr Ridge or Willow Springs, and is adjacent to Burr Ridge.
Village Administrator Steve Stricker said attempts were made in 2006 to reach a boundary agreement with Willow Springs, but the issue was left without a resolution.
“Either community could have annexed this property,” Stricker said.
Stricker said property owners within the newly annexed area were notified of the pending forced annexation and no one objected.
Because only about 3 percent of a homeowner’s property taxes go to the village, Burr Ridge’s newest residents shouldn’t notice a significant cost, Stricker said. They will, however, have increased police protection and access to Lake Michigan water. Houses that now are on wells could opt to tap onto a nearby water main, Stricker said.
While the annexation won’t mean big tax dollars for the village, it also won’t add to costs, Stricker said. Street surrounding the area are either private or within Willow Springs’ jurisdiction.
The entire property is zoned for residential use.