City of Aurora Planning Commission met March 8.
City of Aurora Planning Commission met March 8.
Here is the minutes provided by the Commission:
Call to Order
Chairman Truax called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
The following Commission members were present: Chairman Truax, Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Bergeron, Mr. Cameron, Mr. Chambers, Mrs. Cole, Mr. Divine, Mrs. Duncan, Mr. Garcia, Mrs. Head, Mrs. Owusu-Safo, Mr. Pilmer and Mr. Reynolds.
The following staff members were present: Mr. Sieben and Mrs. Jackson.
Approval of Minutes
17-00164 Approval of the Minutes for the Planning Commission meeting of February 22, 2017.
A motion was made by Mrs. Anderson, seconded by Mrs. Duncan, that the minutes be approved and filed. The motion carried.
17-00127 An Ordinance Approving Obvious Changes to Aurora’s Comprehensive Plan for Twelve Areas Located Throughout the City of Aurora (Public Hearing) (Continued to March 8, 2017 Plan Commission Meeting) (Cancelled)
Mr. Sieben said we actually ask that this meeting be cancelled. What we will do is we will republish for a later date. It will probably be maybe only in a month or so. What happened is we were doing a little bit more of a comprehensive change to the Comp Plan. There were a lot of obvious changes and near obvious changes, so we just wanted a little bit more time to go over that. We think we are pretty close. We are just going to go ahead and cancel it and then we will republish. We think maybe in a month it will come back then.
17-00170 A Resolution Approving the Final Plat for River Street Plaza Phase One Resubdivision Subdivision, located at west bank of the Fox River south of Benton Street (Centrue Bank and River & Benton, LLC - 17-00170 / AU21/4-14.142-Fpn/R/AG - TV - Ward 4)
Mr. Sieben said the subject property is part of the River Street Plaza Condominium Development. It was rezoned Downtown Fringe Special Use Planned Development back in 2005. Additional information is in your legislative history. The Petitioner is actually Centrue Bank. They did acquire this property several years ago through a default with the original developer and they are currently requesting approval of a Dedication Agreement for Lot 2 of River Street Plaza to the city pursuant to the approved Development Agreement. The line between Lot 1 and 2 is actually, everything from the back of the wall, as you know, behind the building there is an upper deck for future patio seating for the restaurants or whatever is there and then there is a wall down to an upper path, so everything from the wall to the river will go to the City of Aurora. That upper path will be part of the city’s jurisdiction and that lighting that is along there. That will go all the way to the Fox River. The Petitioner is not here. We are coordinating this with the Petitioner, Centrue Bank. Are there any questions for me at this point?
Mr. Pilmer said with that, is there maintenance or anything? That all becomes that of
Mr. Sieben said as part of the Development Agreement, there is still money owed back to Centrue Bank. The city is actually, I believe, holding back $35,000 to complete the landscaping. The landscaping was done a couple of years ago, but it was not followed through with. With that money, the city will be completing the landscaping on the riverbank and then the lighting that is on the light poles along that upper path are currently tied into the condo buildings. That will be de-connected and then tied into the city public electric system, so it will be then future maintained by the city. So there is money being held back to accommodate that activity.
Mr. Cameron said does that have any type of delineation where the city property begins, or it will still all look the same or is there any need for that?
Mr. Sieben said there won’t be any change. There had been thoughts back in 2005 with the original developer that the city would only acquire like half way down the riverbank and then the upper trail would be maintained by the developer with a public easement for whatever reason at that time. But with the bank, it was thought for everyone’s benefit it would be better that the city actually controlled that.
Mrs. Owusu-Safo said does the developer maintain Lot 1 and Lot 2 is the only one that’s being dedicated to the city?
Mr. Sieben said correct. You see the rectangular pad, those are the actual condo buildings, so those are already condo’d. That’s not part of this. Lot 1 is then the common area around the condo buildings. That will stay with the condo association.
Mrs. Cole said now that you point that out, I have a question. That’s not the condo buildings, or they don’t show the building that’s actually the old Pocus Motor?
Mr. Sieben said Pocus on this is part of Lot 1.
Mrs. Cole said and it’s not shown as a building here?
Mr. Sieben said correct. That may be sold off in the future, but that’s right now part of
Chairman Truax said so this was a city initiated plan?
Mr. Sieben said yes, correct.
Mrs. Cole said the area that, well there was going to be a fountain there, I don’t think
there is a fountain there now, but the area…
Mr. Sieben said there was going to be like a little pond area, but that was removed years ago.
Mrs. Cole said right, but that area still would be considered quasi-public that the public could still enter and exit the Riverwalk area?
Mr. Sieben said correct. That dark area on the TV where it says Lot 1, that’s a public
Mrs. Cole said thank you. I just wanted to make sure that was still true.
Mr. Sieben said staff would recommend approval of the Resolution approving the Final Plat for River Street Plaza Phase One Resubdivision located at the west bank of the Fox River, south of Benton Street.
Motion of Approval Was Made by: Mrs. Cole
Motion Seconded By: Mr. Bergeron
Ayes: Mrs. Anderson, Mr. Bergeron, Mr. Cameron, Mr. Chambers, Mrs. Cole, Mr. Divine, Mrs. Duncan, Mr. Garcia, Mrs. Head, Mrs. Owusu-Safo, Mr. Pilmer, Mr. Reynolds
Mr. Sieben said this will next be heard at the Planning and Development Committee on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. on the fifth floor of this building. A motion was made by Mrs. Cole, seconded by Mr. Bergeron, that this agenda item be Forwarded to the Planning & Development Committee, on the agenda for 3/16/2017. The motion carried.
Pending Commitee Reports
B) Grant and Award Research
C) Comprehensive Plan
Mr. Sieben said there won’t be a March 22nd Planning Commission meeting. I believe the next meeting would be the first one in April.
A motion was made by Mr. Bergeron, seconded by Mrs. Anderson, that the meeting be adjourned. The motion carried by voice vote. Chairman Truax adjourned the meeting at 7:10 p.m.
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