YORKVILLE – After multiple concerns voiced by residents, a majority of Yorkville city officials approved a final plat of a townhome project that was originally approved by the city about 14 years ago.
The Yorkville City Council voted 6-2 to approve the final plat for an about 26.2-acre site including 48 lots for single-family attached dwelling units and 2 lots for open space and future phases of development within Kendall Marketplace during their Tuesday, May 12 remote meeting. Ward 3 Alderman Chris Funkhouser and Ward 4 Alderman Seaver Tarulis voted against the measure and the rest of the City Council voted in favor of it.
According to city documents, the property is located north of Route 34, west of Cannonball Trail and immediately south of Blackberry Shore Lane, which falls in the third ward of the city. All of the lots are zoned as multi-family attached residential as part of the Kendall Marketplace planned unit development, or PUD, city documents read.
Kathy West, a Naperville lawyer whose law firm represents Abbey Properties, said during public comment of the meeting the developer purchased the townhome portion of Kendall Marketplace PUD. She said the developer originally requested to deviate from the design standards established in the original PUD and have them better align with more recent standards, a reduction in land cash fees, and a final plat of subdivision for the first phase of development in their application.
“Abbey Properties has withdrawn the first two requests and is now only seeking final plat approval,” West said.
According to city documents, the Yorkville City Council approved the development agreement with the developer in October 2006. West said the final plat request is in compliance with project plan approved in 2006.
The aforementioned project application is essentially grandfathered in from current city regulations. City officials had said during an April 28 meeting the city's application process that is now in place requires development to occur within three years of a project application approval.
Funkhouser said the approval of the final plat of the project basically is a formality for the city. He said the Tuesday vote does not change the content of the actual plan as it was approved in 2006.
However, Funkhouser said, the Tuesday vote was a challenging one for him.
“I have a lot of residents that have been very upset about this project,” Funkhouser said.
Funkhouser said residents in surrounding areas had hope their concerns would be heard with the original first two requests, but they have felt their voice was taken away when the developer removed those two requests. He said residents now better understand that it's within the developer's right to do so.
Funkhouser said he struggles with approving the project just because it sat idle for so long and he wants to see the project mesh nicely with the rest of the neighborhood. He said some asthetic details still are being worked out in light of some of the neighbor complaints.
“I’m hoping that the architecture, maybe some landscaping and then privacy fencing around the patios can be worked out," Funkhouser said.
City staff had said on April 28 each pod of townhomes has about five to eight parking spaces, along with a two car garage for each unit and about five off-street guest parking spaces.
Funkhouser said traffic and parking also were big concerns voiced by nearby residents. He said he's happy to say there will be ample parking in front of every single garage.
“We will not be having the instances that occurred out at Timber Glen, which has created a lot of parking issues over there,” Funkhouser said.
Funkhouser said he was comforted in being told the development is not expected to overload Blackberry Shore Lane traffic-wise.
Ward 3 Alderman Joel Frieders said city police already have an idea of what traffic looks like in the area currently. He said that will be referenced in the future, if need be.
Frieders said emails to city aldermen can go a lot further in addressing concerns than Facebook comments.
"So for those neighbors in Ward 3 who are concerned about the traffic and parking impact from the development, I just encourage you to keep your eyes open and if you see something, say something," Frieders said.