Settler's Hill End Use Plan
About Settler’s Hill
The Settlers Hill Landfill, which operated for 24 years beginning in 1982, was a primary waste disposal site for Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties prior to its closing in 2006. Kane County no longer has an active landfill, therefore all of the solid waste generated in the County is transferred to other landfills in the region.
The Settler’s Hill site is owned by the County and operated by Waste Management of Illinois, Inc. Waste Management, as the operator, is responsible for the environmental management and monitoring of the landfill site.
Settler’s Hill Landfill is located in Kane County, approximately 42 miles west of downtown Chicago, and approximately two miles from downtown Geneva. The Settler’s Hill Landfill is bounded by rail lines to the north, Fabyan Parkway to the south, the Settler’s Hill Golf Course and Fabyan Woods Forest Preserve to the west, and Kirk Road to the east. Access to the site is currently from Fabyan Parkway only.
The County Board approved an expansion of Settler’s Hill landfill in 1994. This approval was appealed to the Illinois Pollution Control Board. The County Board’s decision to approve the expansion was upheld in September 1997. A subsequent agreement [County Board Resolution 97-269] between Kane County, the City of Geneva, and Waste Management of Illinois, Inc. (WMI) stated that (1) Settler’s Hill would permanently close on or before December 31, 2006; (2) WMI was prohibited from operating any waste incineration, waste transfer or composting facilities at Settler’s Hill; and (3) WMI would not seek permitting for any other landfill or transfer station site within Geneva Township.
A study to identify preferred sites for a new landfill was completed in August 1995. Following review of that study in September 1995, the County Board adopted Resolution 95-247, which stated that the Kane County Board “will not pursue the acquisition of property, the development of, or siting approval for a new landfill facility in Kane County”.
About the Proposed Site Improvement
Kane County, engaged Hunden Strategic Partners to study the market forces upon, and the financial projections of, a new cross-country course on the now closed Settler’s Hill landfill.
The master plan for the 700-acre complex, which includes both the Settler’s Hill and Midway Landfills, was developed by Kane County in conjunction with the Kane County Forest Preserve District. The stakeholders—of whom will participate in the approval process of the project’s final design—prefer to see the site divided into 90 percent passive and 10 percent active uses.
View the report from Hunden Strategic Partners
View a presentation from Hunden Strategic Partners summarizing the results of the Feasibility Study