Naperville’s Planning and Zoning Commission has given a unanimous recommendation to a project that would add some homes along Plank Road.
The developer, Burlington Meadows, petitioned for rezoning and a right of way variance so it may subdivide the properties at 4S440 and 4S480 Naperville-Wheaton Road for the purpose of building 14 custom homes on the 4.5-acre parcel.
“The variance seems to be well-reasoned,” Plan Commission member Stephen Frost said before the vote.
City ctaff had no problem with approving either the variance or the zoning change.
“The proposed … zoning designation for the property is consistent with the surrounding properties that are within the city as well as the 2010 Plank Road study,” Community Planner Ying Liu told the Plan Commission.
However, some nearby neighbors had questions about safety during the construction period.
“I’ve got two school-aged grandchildren,” Kathryn Scarbro said. She wanted to know if equipment would be parked long the road during construction and the petitioner assured her that there was no intention whatsoever to park equipment along the road.
Mark Hendricks was uneasy with the right of way variance sought along Declan Court, which narrowed it from 66 feet to 60.
“It seams like a reach,” he said.
But the petitioner’s attorney, Len Monson, explained that the variance was sought for sound reasons.
“It will allow for all the improvements on the property,” he said, stressing that the narrower right of way meant that the project would not encroach on stormwater detention facilities directly to the south.
“When we (the city) goes to work on this, it’s safe,” Plan Commission member Bob Williams said to allay the neighbors’ fears.
In other business, the commission granted another unanimous recommendation to a parking variation for a fitness/daycare center at 1611 and 1635 Legacy Circle, just south of Diehl Road between Washington Street and Naper Boulevard.
HB Investments’ project, Naperville Sports Yard, will consist of a 101,140-square-foot fitness and daycare facility and a 9,100-square-foot office building.
The developer requested a parking variation to reduce spaces required by code from 435 to 358. The variance was granted unanimously with the condition that the petitioner conduct a parking study after the fitness center/daycare facility is built to determine if parking is adequate for the site.
If not, adjustments will be required on the rest of the project so to meet the parking demand.Tags: construction, Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission