PEORIA COUNTY -- A local group is trying to stop a piece of farmland from being developed. Today, the fight has hit a major road block.
The controversy centers around a piece of land in Limestone Township in Peoria County.
It's been divided into four sections on which homes could be built. The activist group "Preserve Farmland" wants to stop the development.
Spokesman Rudy Lewis said, "Our objective was to stop urban sprawling. Not to punish people for wanting to build a subdivision."
Thursday, the group planned to make an appeal to Peoria County, but it was stopped in its tracks.
The group needs to appeal to a specific committee, and that didn't happen.
Peoria County's Assistant Director for Planning and Zoning Kathi Lowder said, "They filed under the zoning regulations of the county code, which does not cover their request."
There's also another problem... the group is too late.
The decision to divide this land was made in February, and the group didn't appeal until July.
Lowder added, "But again, you would still need to have done that within the 35 day time limit and that was exceeded."
Preserve Farmland said it wasn't aware of the deadline. Now the group doesn't know what else it can do.
Lewis said, "Obviously, we're very disappointed."
The land is owned by a private company. It didn't return our calls for comment.