The River Forest Development Review Board voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend the installation of athletic field lights in Keystone Park West.

Final approval is needed by the village board, which is expected to discuss the lights proposal at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 11.

The village’s park district has been pushing for lights on the western portion of Keystone Park for more than two years.

The Development Review Board’s (DRB) recommendation comes in the form of a nine-page findings-of-fact report that contains detailed objections by two board members who voted against the lights when it came before the DRB in June.

The DRB’s approval is also contingent on the park district meeting eight conditions set forth at the end of the report. Those conditions include several adjustments to the lighting technology in both Keystone East and the park’s tennis courts to the east, as well as limits to lighting use on the west end of the park.

The operation of any lights that may eventually be installed on the west side of Keystone Park is also prohibited until all required improvements to the lighting on the east side of the park are completed and are operational.

The park district has spent at least $30,000 on legal fees directly related to the Keystone West lights application over the past 11 months.

According to parks Executive Director Tom Grundin, park commissioners will next meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The board canceled its most recent scheduled meeting last Monday night.

Read a complete report in next week’s Wednesday Journal.

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