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Planning Commission recommends variance to Maple Street residence

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Planning Commission on July 20 reviewed a Variance for a residence on the first block of Maple Street, and was also presented with information regarding a zoning ordinance text amendment update to off-street parking and loading requirements.

The Planning Commission voted 4-0 to recommend the Variance to the Maple Street residence. According to Village Planner Mike Ferencak, the Variance is for front yard and corner-side yard setbacks.

“These variances would allow a front porch to be added to this home, (which) is located in the oldest portion of Sugar Grove,” he said.

Following recommendation, the Variance will be discussed at the Village Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Village Board approves Accessory and Temporary Use amendments

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 6-0 to update the Temporary and Accessory Use portions of the village’s zoning ordinance.

A document from Community Development Director Richard Young and Village Planner Mike Ferencak states that the Accessory and Temporary Use amendments were proposed as part of the effort to improve the village’s zoning ordinance.

The document also states that the portion of the zoning ordinance in question was cited by staff as lacking the text necessary for it to be as comprehensive as other sections in the zoning ordinance. Therefore, the amendments will improve continuity and eliminate excessive jargon that may be difficult to understand.

“Our staff’s been going through our ordinances and updating them to be current with building additions and make it a little more streamlined and self-explanatory, as opposed to having somewhat of a ‘government speakeasy,’ if you will,” Village President Sean Michels said. “They’re trying to just clean it up so people can understand (the ordinances) when they read them.”

The document from Young and Ferencak states that changes such as additional definitions, added parking requirements for accessory uses, and appropriate additional wording are also expected to be made

Planning Commission holds off on passing zoning ordinance changes

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Planning Commission on April 20 unanimously agreed to table a vote that, if passed, would recommend accessory and temporary uses for a zoning ordinance text amendment.

The vote was tabled until the next Planning Commission meeting on May 18.

“(The Planning Commission) just unanimously agreed they wanted more parts of the draft ordinance improved before they recommend approval,” Village Planner Mike Ferencak said. “I was fine with (the decision to table the ordinance vote), as we still need to update the Temporary Use section, as well. We will have a better quality ordinance in the end.”

Planning Commission recommends approval of Route 30 building expansion

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Planning Commission at its special meeting on March 30 reviewed two items that were continued from the Planning Commission’s meeting agenda on March 16, including a request for variances regarding the expansion of Scot Industries’ location on Route 30.

According to Village Planner Mike Ferencak, the variances requested by Scot Industries are related to the company’s plan to expand its current building, located at 1961 W. US Highway 30, by about 90,000 square feet, which would increase the total size of the building to 230,000 square feet.

Scot Industries’ request for 11 variances was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission with a vote of 5-0. The matter was then presented before the Village Board at its regular board/Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday evening.

A document from Ferencak and Community Development Director Rich Young states that the Planning Commission’s draft conditions for the expansion include the building’s setback along Dugan Road being revised 40 feet, as well as screening for all rooftop, ground-based and wall-mounted vents, HVAC equipment and meters.

The document also states that Scot Industries’ plan for expansion is due to the additional growth the company has been experiencing.

The other item on the Planning Commission’s agenda was the village’s request for a zoning text amendment, which was again continued—this time to the Planning Commission’s meeting on April 20, when village staff will present a draft ordinance for review.

McDonald’s wants to open in SG

Restaurant’s proposed site is Rt. 47 and Park
by Martha Quetsch
SUGAR GROVE—McDonald’s Corporation proposed opening a restaurant in Sugar Grove in late-spring 2011, Village Planner Mike Ferencak said Monday.

“They (McDonald’s) made a formal submittal Oct. 6,” Ferencek said.

Ferencak said McDonald’s wants to locate at the southeast corner of Park Avenue and Route 47. The site is lot five of the Sugar Grove Center, owned by Winding Road LLC.

Plans for the 39,000-square-foot restaurant include a dual-lane drive-through and a parking lot with 42 spaces.

The design of the building will be McDonald’s latest style.

“It’s not so orange-looking (as some of the older McDonald’s restaurants), more red with white accents that cover much of the (exterior),” Ferencak said. “It will be the same look as the building at U.S. Route 30 and Douglas Road in Oswego.”

Ferencak said the restaurant possibly will have outdoor seating in front, although it is not yet part of McDonald’s plan.

McDonald’s representatives will be at Village Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to present the restaurant plan to the Planning Commission.

“The primary things we will talk about are the building design, the restaurant sign and the landscaping,” Ferencak said.

Village officials want the restaurant’s exterior to be of a durable material like stucco, the sign to be smaller than the restaurant proposed and the landscaping to be increased from McDonald’s current plan, Ferencak said.

After the Planning Commission reviews McDonald’s proposal, it will go to the Village Board for a vote in December.

Sugar Grove officials have talked with McDonald’s officials periodically since 2004, when the restaurant presented a preliminary proposal to the village to locate a restaurant two lots south of the location they now propose.

The construction period for the restaurant will be about 90 days.

Ferencak said a McDonald’s in Sugar Grove could lead to additional commercial growth.

“I think it is (a big deal) because of the whole name recognition,” Ferencak said. “McDonald’s is known for their real estate decisions. This could lead to more stores coming here (to Sugar Grove).”

Sports bar proposed for Sugar Grove

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—If all goes well with village approvals, Sugar Grove could have a sports bar by this fall.

Local businessman Jim Ratos, whose family owns The Fireside Grille, purchased land at the northwest corner of Route 47 and Waubonsee Drive, and has been working with the owner of an established sports bar in Yorkville, who wants to expand into Sugar Grove.

“I really like the location,” Ratos said. “It’s close to the college.”

He added that the location could even potentially draw customers from Elburn.

Ratos said that, based on the set-up the owner has in Yorkville, he envisions a family menu and a beer garden outside, with a young crowd frequenting the establishment in the evening.

“We need it,” he said. “We’ve been the only game in town for a long time. We’re excited.”

In addition to the 4,900-square-foot sports bar with outdoor seating, the 4-acre site Ratos wants to develop would include a 4,700-square-foot gas station and a fast food drive-through restaurant. North of the gas station, a 9,600-square-foot retail building would include eight tenant spaces.

According to Sugar Grove planner Mike Ferencak, a restaurant or two could potentially locate in this building and take advantage of the outdoor seating at the north end of the building. In addition, north of the sports bar, along Heartland Drive, an 8,800-square-foot office and retail building would house another eight tenant spaces.

According to Ferencak, the gas station, fast-food restaurant and sports bar would like to start construction as soon as possible this summer, for possible fall openings. The other buildings would be built out in later phases.

Ratos is slated to begin meeting with the Plan Commission this month.

Villages seeking industry

Larger employers bring jobs, could lead to more people, retailers
by Martha Quetsch
Local village officials agree that industry is just as important as retail and residential growth to the area’s economy.

“You have got to have a variety of elements. One feeds off the other,” Maple Park Village President Ross Dueringer said.

MP wants manufacturing jobs
Industry would be great for Maple Park, Dueringer said. But he does not foresee it coming in the near future.

“We have been open to listening to any light industry, but haven’t been approached by anyone. Unfortunately, the last few years, everything has been at a standstill.”

The village lost one longtime company that was located on County Line Road just north of Route 47, a business that made steel shelving, when it moved to Aurora, Dueringer said.

An industrial park was proposed for Pritchard Road about two years ago, but the village could not agree with the developer about annexation terms, Dueringer said.

With industry in town, residents could work locally, and the village would gain property taxes with the new growth without burdening schools like residential development does, Dueringer said.

Dueringer believes industry could attract more retail to the village, too.

SG is industrious
Sugar Grove officials in recent years have been committed to boosting industrial growth in the village. The reason is to increase the number of local jobs, which starts a positive chain reaction, said Perry Clark, former Economic Development Corporation director in Sugar Grove.

“Jobs drive population, and a larger population attracts retail businesses,” Clark said.

Sugar Grove currently has two general locations with industry. One is the 110-acre Waubonsee Corporate Center at Heartland Drive and Route 47, and the other is at Route 30 and Dugan Road.

Until a few years ago, the business park at Heartland and Route 47 was struggling, with just a 30 percent occupancy.

Through the efforts of the village and the EDC, including business incentives and recruitment, the park was redeveloped and renovated, and since has grown to house about 50 companies.

“It used to be a dilapidated, run-down industrial park. We got a lot of complaints from residents about it,” Clark said. “Over a two-year span we grew that industrial park to what it is today.”

The Route 30 and Dugan Road area, comprising 130 acres, also has about 50 businesses. Most are light-industrial companies, Village Planner Mike Ferencak said.

Sugar Grove’s comprehensive land-use plan features other areas village officials want developed partly as industrial property. Those are along both sides of Interstate 88 east of Route 47, and around the Aurora Municipal Airport on West Route 30, Ferencak said.

With the goal of drawing even more industry to Sugar Grove, the village is extending Municipal Drive north of Route 30 and extending Galena Boulevard west to meet it. With that improvement, village officials hope Sugar Grove attracts more large companies like HondaJet, which recently decided to locate its Midwest operations at the Aurora Municipal Airport.

Kaneville has first industry
The first industrial company in Kaneville opened in 2008, Linear Kinetics, which produces customized automation systems such as computer-based robotics for manufacturers.

It is the only industry in Kaneville, but village officials would like their town to have more, and so would Kaneville residents, based on their responses to a survey by the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission, formed after the town incorporated in 2006, asked residents what type of development they wanted in Kaneville. About 55 percent of respondents said that industrial and commercial development were important to them, Village President Bob Rodney said.

But they want limited, light-industrial expansion.

“Residents have indicated they don’t want to turn (Kaneville) into a big manufacturing complex,” Rodney said.

Luring additional industry to Kaneville will not be easy, because the village does not have the resources to supply water or sanitary sewer connections, Planning Commission Chairman Joe White said.

White said Planning Commissioners will talk in the coming months to the village’s development consultant about what areas to designate for industry in the new comprehensive plan.

If Kaneville is able to attract industrial companies in the future, the location the village likely will steer them to is along the proposed Prairie Parkway route, in the proximity of the gravel pits, White said. In preliminary discussions about industrial growth, village officials said they did not think industry would be a good fit elsewhere, near residential neighborhoods.

Elburn ready for more
The village of Elburn also welcomes industrial growth, promoting the town’s business centers and buildings on its website, www.elburn.il.us. There, it lists several industrial parks located in Elburn with space still available, either ready to occupy or to build.

One of those is the 12-lot Welch Creek Business Center just north of Keslinger Road on Stover Drive and Herra Street, built in 2006. Its developer, Drew Frasz, said Welch Creek currently has just two vacancies. Others include Columbine Industrial Park, in the area of Keslinger and Thryselius Drive, and Keystone Industrial Park, on Dempsey, Hicks and Paul streets.

Among the many businesses located in these parks are auto repair shops, including the new Boyce Auto Werks in Keystone, custom machining firms, filtration specialists and window and lighting companies.

In addition to the business parks in Elburn, several buildings offering industrial space are located at scattered sites in the village, such as 724 Hicks Drive and 747 Herra St.

The village does not plan unlimited industrial growth, but its comprehensive land-use plan does designate additional land for business parks including a large, undeveloped swath along Keslinger south of Route 47. Village Administrator David Morrison said it already is zoned for manufacturing and commercial use, so a future industrial developer will not have to obtain a zoning change.

“It’s what we call ready to go,” Morrison said.

Village officials made sure four years ago that Welch Creek had manufacturing and commercial zoning, too, rather than a special use.

“That really expediates development,” Morrison said.

Did you know …
about these two local companies that provide products and services to the U.S. military?

Hy-Tek Manufacturing Inc.
1998 Bucktail Lane
Sugar Grove
Hy-Tek Manufacturing Co. Inc. designs and produces specialized products for industrial, commercial and government markets. Clients that Hy-Tek has provided engineering or manufacturing services to include the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and NASA. Among Hy-Tek’s products is an explosion-resistant design for military applications of its computers.

Controlled Force
609 Thryselius Drive
Controlled Force provides anti-terrorism tactical training programs that teach techniques to police and government agencies for how to respond to personal, physical threats. Its clients include the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Security Forces. The company’s products include Freddy S.T.A.T., a simulation tactical advanced trainer.