Village of Oswego Planning and Zoning Commission met September 20.
Village of Oswego Planning and Zoning Commission met Sept. 20.
Here is the minutes provided by the commission:
1. CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Pajor called the Oswego Planning & Zoning Commission Special Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
2. ROLL CALL
Present: Dominic Cirone, Matt Garland, Ken Holmstrom, Rick Kuhn, Charlie Pajor, Rebecca Stine, Robyn Vickers
There was a quorum.
Oswego community representatives in attendance were:
Present: Rod Zenner, Community Development Director; Pam Johnson, Recording Secretary
3. PUBLIC HEARINGS
Major Change to the PUD and Subdivision Plat
Ashcroft Place Unit 2 The Towns at Ashcroft Walk Applicant: D.R. Horton
Project Manager: Rod Zenner
Chairman Pajor stated the public hearing was opened and continued from the September 6, 2018 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
Director Zenner stated the applicant is requesting a Major Amendment to the approved Ashcroft Place Unit 2 the Towns at Ashcroft Walk and a Final Subdivision Plat. Director Zenner stated the petitioner is proposing to reduce the building sizes which requires a re-subdivision plat, and the proposed plat meets subdivision requirements. Director Zenner stated the request for a Major Amendment to the PUD is to change the 6-unit buildings to
3-unit buildings. Director Zenner reviewed the building elevations and color scheme options.
Steve Bauer in Chicago, IL was sworn
Mr. Bauer is a representative of the petitioner D.R. Horton. Mr. Bauer reviewed the location of the proposed townhome units and the changes to the building architecture and design.
Derrick Hoffman in Vernon Hills, IL was sworn
Mr. Hoffman is a representative of D.R. Horton. Mr. Hoffman provided a presentation of the proposed townhome units and reviewed the floor plan options, color schemes and proposed building materials. Mr. Hoffman provided color samples of the building materials for the Commissioners to review. Chairman Pajor asked about the brick material for the buildings. Mr. Hoffman stated the brick will be full-brick on the buildings. Commissioner Kuhn asked if the brick color will be the same as the color on the existing townhomes. Mr. Hoffman stated the brick color will be the same.
Commissioner Cirone asked if the proposed color scheme is similar to the existing townhomes. Director Zenner stated the color schemes are similar. Chairman Pajor asked if there are
restrictions on color schemes for the units. Mr. Hoffman stated the buildings will have alternate color packages to reduce monotony.
Mr. Hoffman stated they are requesting a re-subdivision to reduce lot sizes which will create more open space for the community. Mr. Hoffman reviewed the 3-unit building plans, the proposed landscape plans and setback dimensions between buildings. Chairman Pajor and Commissioner Kuhn discussed setback dimensions.
Commissioner Kuhn asked about the proposed building material. Mr. Hoffman stated the proposed building material is vinyl.
Mr. Bauer reviewed the amount of proposed open space, setbacks, landscape and building plans for the proposed project.
Keith Kreis in Oswego, IL was sworn
Mr. Kreis requested the selling price of the townhomes and asked if basements would be included. Mr. Kreis stated he is not in favor of the amendment to the subdivision.
Angela Zubko in Oswego, IL was sworn
Ms. Zubko stated she is concerned about the selling price of the proposed townhomes. Ms. Zubko the community currently has water issues and she is concerned with the proposed building elevations. Ms. Zubko asked about the landscaping and bike path between the existing buildings. Ms. Zubko stated additional open space will create an increase in HOA fees.
Commissioner Garland asked Ms. Zubko about the water issues in the neighborhood. Ms. Zubko stated the community has standing water in certain areas.
Bill Small in Oswego, IL was sworn
Mr. Small asked if walking trails will be included with the project and is concerned about the lack of walking trails.
Cheryl Lewis in Oswego, IL was sworn
Ms. Lewis stated she would prefer the proposed townhomes all be the same size and is concerned about the selling price.
John Kilpatrick in Oswego, IL was sworn
Mr. Kilpatrick stated it is important for the Village of Oswego to have funds secured to ensure the public streets and parkways are completed. Mr. Kilpatrick stated he does not want the project to increase his homes assessment.
Patrick Curran in Oswego, IL was sworn
Mr. Curran is a representative of West Point Builders. Mr. Curran reviewed the proposed building sizes and stated the proposed buildings are 25% narrower than the existing townhome buildings.
Chairman Pajor asked Director Zenner how many smaller buildings are being proposed. Director Zenner stated the proposal is to change thirteen 6-unit buildings to twenty-six 3-unit buildings.
Mr. Hoffman, Chairman Pajor and Director Zenner discussed the streets, bike path and common area improvements. Chairman Pajor asked Director Zenner to have the surety information for the project confirmed prior to the Village Board meeting.
Commissioner Garland asked about the timeframe of the proposed project. Director Zenner reviewed the projected timeline for final improvements.
Mr. Hoffman reviewed the projected price per square foot of the proposed townhomes. Chairman Pajor asked about the overall square footage of proposed units. There was a discussion about the square footage of the proposed buildings.
Mr. Hoffman stated the proposed units will be built both with basements and without basements. Director Zenner stated the Village of Oswego does not require basements.
Chairman Pajor asked about the building color schemes. Mr. Hoffman stated the buildings will have unified color schemes.
Commissioner Kuhn asked about the amount of brick that will be on the proposed buildings. Mr. Hoffman stated they will comply with the amount of brick that the Village Board approved in 2017 as a Minor Amendment.
Ms. Lewis asked about the number of bedrooms the proposed townhomes will have. Commissioner Cirone reviewed the number of bedrooms shown on the building plans.
No additional audience members wished to speak at the public hearing.
Motion: Commissioner Kuhn, second Commissioner Stine to close the Public Hearing at 7:56 p.m.
Ayes: Commissioners Cirone, Garland, Holmstrom, Kuhn, Pajor, Stine, Vickers
The Commissioners discussed Homeowners’ Association fees.
Chairman Pajor asked if the landscaping around the buildings are maintained by the Homeowners’ Association or by the individual homeowners. Mr. Bauer stated all improvements are to be maintained by the Homeowners’ Association. There was a discussion about the building footprints, lot sizes and landscape maintenance.
Motion: Commissioner Cirone, second Commissioner Holmstrom to accept the findings of fact for the standards for a special use and recommends approval of the Major Change to the PUD and Subdivision Plat for Ashcroft Place Unit 2 the Townes at Ashcroft Walk First Re-Subdivision.
Commissioner Kuhn stated he is concerned with the minimal brick on the front of the units and is not in favor of the Major Change to the PUD.
Commissioner Garland asked for a timeline when the Homeowners’ Association fees will increase. Mr. Hoffman stated D.R. Horton is responsible until there is a buyer for the unit. There was a discussion about the Homeowners’ Association fees.
Commissioner Vickers asked if any of the units will be custom-built. Mr. Hoffman stated the townhomes will not be custom-built.
Ayes: Commissioners Cirone, Garland, Holmstrom, Pajor, Stine, Vickers
Nays: Commissioner Kuhn
4. OLD BUSINESS
5. NEW BUSINESS
6. PUBLIC FORUM
No audience members wished to speak at the Public Forum.
7. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
8. COMMISSIONERS REPORT
9. HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSIONER REPORT
10. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT REPORT
Director Zenner stated the new Planner for the Village of Oswego will begin October 8th.
11. OSWEGOLAND PARK DISTRICT REPORT
12. NEXT MEETING - Regular Meeting October 4, 2018
Motion: Commissioner Vickers, second Commissioner Holmstrom to adjourn the
Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting at 8:09 p.m.
Ayes: Commissioners Cirone, Garland, Holmstrom, Kuhn, Pajor, Stine, Vickers
Chairman Pajor adjourned the Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting at 8:09 p.m.