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Sycamore Planning and Zoning Commission OKs annexation proposal

Bill Powers, Sycamore Township highway commissioner, tells the Planning and Zoning Commission that he is concerned about the wear construction of four proposed estate-style subdivisions will have on township roads northwest of Sycamore during a meeting Monday.
Bill Powers, Sycamore Township highway commissioner, tells the Planning and Zoning Commission that he is concerned about the wear construction of four proposed estate-style subdivisions will have on township roads northwest of Sycamore during a meeting Monday.

SYCAMORE – Construction of subdivisions with estate-style homes in the northwest corner of Sycamore could start as early as July pending city approval.

A proposal to annex and rezone 183 acres of land to the north and west of Motel Road will move to City Council on June 17 with a favorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission. The petitioners for annexation want to build four subdivisions that will line the northwest quadrant of Sycamore with 3-acre lots and residences up to two-and-a-half stories.

City Manager Brian Gregory said he did not want to put the cart before the horse, but the five developers could bring their final plats – maps of the lots on their properties – to a council meeting in July and request building permits shortly afterward, pending city approval.

“That’s when we’ll drill down on the details,” Gregory said at Monday’s meeting. He encouraged those in attendance to show up to future public hearings as the proposal for the subdivisions moves forward.

The council would also have to switch the zoning designation of the subdivisions from single-family residential to rural residential during the June 17 meeting to be in line with the already approved agreements.

Steve Glasgow, one of the petitioners for annexation, said during the public comment portion of the Planning and Zoning meeting that the project would amount to 30 homes and would be spread out in phases.

“It’s not a real intense amount of development at any one time,” Glasgow said.

Bill Powers, Sycamore Township highway commissioner , said he wanted to make sure Sycamore Township would not be responsible for the roads that get annexed to the city, such as Motel Road, and questioned who would be responsible for damage done to township roads connected to the subdivisions when construction starts.

Gregory assured Powers the city of Sycamore would be responsible for the roads and that construction would not be immediate or heavy enough to cause damage. Upkeep for new streets within the subdivisions will be the responsibility of homeowners associations.

The new subdivisions would receive city services such as fire and ambulance, but each residence will be required to have its own water service line to private wells and sewer line to private sewage disposal systems, according to city documents. Houses will have a minimum first-floor living area of 1,800 square feet and additions may include a guest house, detached garages and private stables for horses.

OTHER BUSINESS

The Planning and Zoning Commission will send a favorable recommendation to the City Council to amend the unified development ordinance.

The amendment would allow consideration for a professional office special use zone for residential lots that have been designated as such in the past. This would not guarantee a special use permit will be granted, according to city documents.

“We wouldn’t allow someone to come in and apply for that special use if that property’s always been residential and utilized as residential,” Gregory said.

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