Jan. 12, 2012 Update: On page 1A of the Dec. 8, 2011, edition of the Elburn Herald, Sho-deen representative David Patzelt’s name was spelled incorrectly.
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by Sandy Kaczmarski
ELBURN—An overflow crowd showed up at Tuesday night’s Planning Commission meeting, which included a public hearing on a tattoo parlor opening at 109 E. North St.—it passed—and a request for a sign variance for Napa Auto Parts—that was approved, too.
But the real reason the room was so crowded was a public hearing on the latest proposal by Shodeen for the Elburn Station development between Keslinger Road and Route 38.
Following a presentation by Shodeen representatives, the Planning Commission opened the public hearing.
Shodeen representative David Patzelt emphasized that the project is long-term and could take 23 years or longer to complete, depending on the economy.
“We’re certainly not going to build homes if there’s nobody to buy them,” Patzelt said.
The actual development won’t begin until the extension of Anderson Road is complete. The first phase is single-family homes along the unincorporated Still Meadows subdivision south of the tracks to Keslinger Road.
The preliminary plans revealed that some previous concerns were addressed as far as density and open space are concerned. About 35 percent of the development will be open space, and the density is now approximately 2,400 units, down from 3,257. It includes expanded commercial development at Anderson Road and Route 38, and south near Keslinger Road.
The plan includes about seven miles of recreational paths, bike paths and bus transportation throughout the development and the village.
Homeowners from Blackberry Creek and the adjacent Still Meadows subdivision asked questions about traffic patterns and expressed concerns about speeding commuters through what are now quiet streets.
The revised plan addressed stormwater issues and expanded a water retention area. All engineering aspects have been approved by village engineers.
Due to the volume of remaining residents with questions and comments relating to the project, the public hearing will be continued to Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.