Committee of the Whole Minutes
VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING MINUTES
OCTOBER 3, 2016
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Berman called the meeting to order.
In attendance: Mayor Dale Berman, Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Mark Carroll, Trustee Chris Faber, Trustee Mike Lowery, Trustee Laura Curtis and Village Clerk Murray. Not in attendance: Trustee Mark Guethle.
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Finance Director Bill Hannah, Community & Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Water Superintendent Paul Young, Public Works Superintendent Mike Glock, Police Chief Dave Summer, Fire Marshall Eric Bunkofske, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS – None
1. Discussion of Shodeen Concept Plan
The concept plan includes seven (7) multi-family residential buildings which would consist of 261 residential units (stacked flats) and a clubhouse. The units would be 1 and 2 bedroom rental units in a three story high building with underground parking. The plan also includes two restaurant pad sites along Randall Road totaling an estimated 9,100 s.f. This development would be proposed as a PUD.
Shodeen is requesting a 50-foot building height allowance. The Village’s standard is 3.5 stories or 45 feet. The Village’s front yard setback is at 25 feet. The builder is requesting 10 to 55 feet. The Village’s rear yard setback is at 30 feet. The developer is requesting 20 to 85 feet. The Village’s interior yard setback is set at a minimum of 10 feet. The developer is requesting 10 to 60 feet.
The developer suggested discussing with the Village that there may be overparking at this development due to the parking requirements of the Village.
Trustee Curtis asked if these 1 and 2 bedroom units would have a minimal effect on the school district. The developer stated that was correct and noted that the average age of the residents who reside in this type of stacked flat product would be 60 years old. The rent would be in the area of $1500/mo. Curtis stated that according to the Comprehensive Plan, this area is suggested for commercial. Curtis suggested it be more of an upscale mixed use development rather than so much residential.
Trustee Lowery asked for the addition of shutters to the façade due to his concerns about the overall aesthetic appeal. Trustee Faber added that the building is not architecturally stimulating. The developer suggested the Board drive to Mill Creek in Geneva to take a look at the similar building in order to get a better perspective.
In terms of façade, Trustee Gaffino agreed with a mixed-use concept up front as suggested by Trustee Curtis. Trustee Carroll was in favor of developing the property and said he would like to see some nicer upscale restaurants rather than fast food. Trustee Faber suggested retail strips such as those on 3rd street in Geneva.
2. Discussion of Elleby Court Parking Ban
The Village engineer did a turn radius analysis and determined that a standard fire truck will have difficulty making a turn in the cul-de-sac. However, in an emergency situation, if the fire department needs to go over the median in order to get to a house, they will.
Kristin Stumm, 3056 Elleby Court, North Aurora – Ms. Stumm said she was disappointed that the HOA did not notify the homeowners about their request to ban parking on Elleby Court. Stumm stated that she was not aware of any homeowners who live in the court being concerned with parking and added that they rarely have cars parked in the cul-de-sac.
Greg Sutton, HOA President of Lake Run Estates, 454 Lake Run Court, North Aurora – Sutton stated that the HOA has a responsibility to respond to concerns brought to their attention by the homeowners. The concern is public safety.
After further discussion, the Village Board decided to let this issue be resolved by the residents. The Village does not regulate parking on cul-de-sacs anywhere else in the Village and decided not to do so in this case.
ADJOURN TO EXECUTIVE SESSION
Motion to adjourn to executive session made by Trustee Faber and seconded by Trustee Carroll for the purpose of reviewing the list of executive session minutes to be released. All in favor. Motion approved (5-0).
(return from Executive Session)
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Faber and seconded by Trustee Carroll. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lori J. Murray