Committee of the Whole Minutes
VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE MEETING MINUTES
MAY 20, 2019
CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Berman called the meeting to order.
In attendance: Mayor Dale Berman, Trustee Mark Gaffino, Trustee Laura Curtis, Trustee Tao Martinez, Village Clerk Lori Murray. Not in attendance: Trustee Mark Carroll and Trustee Mark Guethle.
Staff in attendance: Village Administrator Steve Bosco, Community & Economic Development Direct Mike Toth, Public Works Director John Laskowski, Police Chief Dave Fisher, Village Attorney Kevin Drendel.
AUDIENCE COMMENTS – None
TRUSTEE COMMENTS – None
1. 1059 Orchard Road Special Use
Mike Toth stated that the petitioner is looking to open a microbrewery in the Orchard Crossing Shopping Center, north of the Turf Room and the My Place Hotel. There is a text Amendment which is item #2. This use of microbrewery is not currently listed in the zoning ordinance. If the board decides to move in that direction, the board would adopt it as a special use and approve it at the next meeting. The petitioner would use 1600 s.f. for brewing operations.
Storm Saponaro (Daley & Georges, 20 S. Clark Street; Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60603), was present on behalf of Steven Newman of Chipmunk Brewing. Saponaro stated that the hours of operation will be similar to the surrounding businesses. Hours of operation would not be open later than 10 p.m. Trustee Lowery asked why the business would be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Saponaro said that Mr. Newman would have his business open on Tuesdays but will take one day off in the middle of the week for brewing purposes and to also have a day off. Lowery said he noticed that the owner would expand hours if there was a demand for international soccer and rugby. Saponaro said if there was a special event he would accommodate with other hours.
Trustee Gaffino asked if the business would sell food. Saponaro said there will be food sales but it will be pre-packaged and the goal is to have food come in from the community. However, there will be no kitchen at the location.
Toth noted that the Plan Commission public hearing was held on May 7th and the Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval subject to 2 conditions in the staff report:
1. Permit for any work being done that is applicable.
2. All operations be confined to the building itself and that there be no outdoor storage.
The Board was in favor of moving forward.
2. Business District Use Update
Text amendments to the zoning ordinance:
Allow microbreweries as a special use to allow the petitioner tonight to petition for a
special use. The public hearing on May 7th, the Plan Commission was in favor of this and requested the inclusion of micro distilleries and micro wineries.
2. Outdoor storage
B2 and B3 districts allow outdoor storage as a special use. That would
be the primary use for the property. There are a lot of businesses in the business districts that have outdoor storage elements (car dealerships, lawn/garden shops). The village is not looking to prohibit those, but to prohibit any use that would take a business district property and have it used only for outdoor storage.
3. Tobacco shops
Reclassify tobacco shops from a special use to a permitted use. The use and sale of the products is legal in grocery stores, gas stations, convenient stores. The regulation of smoking in a building is regulated by the Smoke Free Illinois Act. The product is already being regulated. The actual operations is prohibited in actual strip centers. The village has a couple of businesses in town that sell nicotine and vape products. They have been classified as a permitted use because it is a retail sale. Once they start selling tobacco, they are considered a tobacco shop and it creates a special use issue for a product that can be sold anywhere at this point.
Lowery said his only concern was with the outdoor storage and wanted to prevent it from being unsightly in the village, such as the clothing collection boxes. Lowery asked if there is something written in the plan to prevent this. Steve Bosco said that in terms of the clothing collection boxes, there is a code that prevents those from being allowed.
Motion to adjourn made by Trustee Curtis and seconded by Trustee Lowery. All in favor. Motion approved.
Lori J. Murray