Plan Commission Minutes

 

VILLAGE OF NORTH AURORA PLAN COMMISISON MEETING MINUTES

MAY 7, 2013

 

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Mike Brackett called the meeting to order.

 ROLL CALL

In attendance:  Chairman Mike Brackett, Commissioners Connie Holbrook, Mark Rivecco, Mark Carroll, Aaron Anderson.  Not in attendance:  Commissioners Anna Touhy, Mark Bozik, Tom Lenkart, Jennifer Duncan.

 Staff in attendance:  Community and Economic Development Director Mike Toth, Village Clerk Lori Murray, Pete Iosue of Teska Associates. 

 APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.         Approval of Plan Commission Meeting Minutes dated April 2, 2013

Motion for approval made by Commissioner Carroll and seconded by Commissioner Rivecco.  All in favor.  Motion approved

 PUBLIC HEARING

Chairman Brackett opened the public hearing and swore in all persons who would be addressing the Plan Commission on any of the items for the public hearing.

1.         The Village of North Aurora requests a text amendment to Title 17.8.2.A of the North Aurora Municipal Code (Zoning Ordinance) to allow Gas Stations in the B3 – Central Business District (Petition #13-04) 

There were no comments.  A Motion was made by Commissioner Rivecco and seconded by Commissioner Carroll to move forward with the text amendment as recommended by Staff.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

2.         The Village of North Aurora requests a text amendment to Title 17 of the North Aurora Municipal Code (Zoning Ordinance) to reinstate the I-3 – Central Industrial District (Petition #13-05).

Mike Toth stated that he would like to reestablish I-3 as it was prior to the adoption of the new ordinance.  Toth said he went back to the old ordinance and reinstated the language for the I-3 district and wants to include meat packing as a permitted use and remove chemical processing as a permitted use.  A Motion was made by Commissioner Holbrook and seconded by Commissioner Carroll to approve the recommendations by Staff to reinstate I-3 in the proposed amendment.  All in favor.  Motion approved

3.         The petitioner, Marberry Cleaners (220 John St.) requests a text amendment to Title 17, Section 8 of the North Aurora Municipal Code (Zoning Ordinance) to allow Laundry Establishment in the B-3 Central Business District as a special use (Petition #13-06).

Diane Cracroft (14 S. Willoway, North Aurora, IL) – Ms. Cracroft asked about the size of the expansion and was concerned with more trucks from the dry cleaners driving up and down Willow Way during the day and night.  Cracroft said that these trucks are not traveling back to Route 31 and onto Oak Street.  Instead, they are driving down a residential street.  Cracroft also asked about the reason for the street light that was installed in the last 4 or 5 months at the corner of John & Willow Way. 

 

Toth said he would check with the Village’s Public Works Department regarding the light.  In reference to expansion of the Marberry Cleaners, Toth invited Cracroft to come into the Village and he would be able to show her the plans.  The Plan Commission would not be voting on expansion at this time. 

Commissioner Rivecco said that there is no reason why this was not an allowed use and looks to have been an oversight.  A Motion was made by Commissioner Rivecco and seconded by Commissioner Holbrook to recommend laundry establishment as a special use in the B3 district.  All in favor.  Motion approved

4.         The petitioner, Marberry Cleaners (220 John St.) requests a special use under Title 17, Section 8 of the North Aurora Municipal Code (Zoning Ordinance) to allow Laundry

Establishment in the B-3 Central Business District as a (Petition #13-07).

(Staff is formally requesting a continuance of this petition to allow for proper review time.)

Chairman Brackett opened and closed the hearing for item #4 to continue the hearing to the next Plan Commission meeting on June 4th.  Motion made by Commissioner Rivecco and seconded by Commissioner Holbrook to continue item 4 to the June 4th Plan Commission Meeting.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

NEW BUSINESS - None

OLD BUSINESS – None

 PLAN COMMISSIONER COMMENTS AND UPDATES

Toth asked the Plan Commission for its opinion on the site plan review process.  Toth said that Marberry had to go through the text amendment process and the special use for the expansion.  Toth said that all special uses have to go through a site plan review process which requires separate filings and fees and that there is some redundancy in going through this process. 

 Chairman Brackett said that the general feeling of the Plan Commission was that they were more comfortable with having the final review.  Commissioner Rivecco said he did feel the need for site plan review and wanted that responsibility.  

Toth suggested that when coming up with the final plan, have conditional approval based on a particular plan.  There would still be the same plan review process in house.  The final plan would come to the Plan Commission and approval would be tied to a specific plan. 

Commissioner Carroll said that part of the control issue and wanting to review the site plan was for new businesses coming in to the Village.  Carroll added that in the past the Plan Commission has seen a site plan and thought it was final, only to be changed.  Carroll said he was in favor of cutting out the fees, but requiring special uses to come before the Plan Commission.   

ADJOURNMENT

Motion to adjourn made by Commissioner Carroll and seconded by Commissioner Holbrook.  All in favor.  Motion approved.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Lori J. Murray

Village Clerk