by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Elburn Station project is moving forward, with continuing discussions between Shodeen representatives, village staff and the Village Board.
The current focus is on the annexation agreement, with negotiations between village staff and Shodeen Construction President David Patzelt nearly completed, as well as ongoing negotiations between Kaneland School District officials and Patzelt regarding impact and other fees.
Monday night’s Committee of the Whole discussion revolved mainly around the open space and parks within the development. Because Shodeen is setting aside more than 25 acres, or more than the village’s required 40 percent of the development for open space, they are not required to make any improvements to the spaces, such as swings, baseball diamonds, basketball hoops or other amenities.
According to Patzelt, Shodeen would still likely make some improvements to satisfy the desires of future residents. The board decided to leave the agreement, regarding possible improvements for specific parks, open to negotiation between the developer and the village.
The board is scheduled to vote on the annexation and planned development agreements on Monday, May 7, subsequent to a public hearing the same night. The village and the developers have worked out an agreement to disconnect and re-annex certain already-annexed properties so that the village may receive the impact fees on that property and the entire piece would be under the same annexation agreement.
An intergovernmental agreement between the village and Kane County Department of Transportation regarding the Anderson Road Bridge should be completed and approved by Tuesday, May 8.
The Village Board vote on the establishment of the Special Services Area (SSA) for the development will take place a month later, on Monday, June 4.
“We have our work cut out for us,” Village President Dave Anderson said.
Elburn Station project timeline
• Tuesday, April 10
Final draft of annexation agreement
• Monday, April 23
Board vote to disconnect
• Monday, May 7
Public Hearing and Village Board
votes on annexation and planned
development agreement; re-annex
• Tuesday, May 8
Kane County Board approval of IGA
between Village of Elburn and Kane
County Department of Transportation
for Anderson Road bridge
• Monday, June 4
Village Board vote to establish SSA