The council discussed the possibility of a housing development off Ogden Avenue at Bauer Road and Charles Avenue, in the Bauer Place subdivision.
Planning and Zoning unanimously rejected the original plan of 30 unit town homes on the 3 acre land, back in July, claiming the project was too dense for the land.
The developer, Oak Creek Capitol Partners, decided to scale down the original project and take it straight City Council, instead of bringing it back to the Planning and Zoning Commission, something council members weren’t comfortable with.
“The primary purpose of the Plan Commission is to give us a recommendation, and I fee l like right now we don’t have a recommendation. We have the one formal recommendation is that it was voted 0,7 and now were just estimating after passing comments during the course of their deliberation that they would now be comfortable with it. I don’t think that is something that is reasonable to do or something we should do. So my recommendation would be that this had gone back to plan before coming to us,” said Councilman, Kevin Coyne.
However, Council allowed the developer to proceed with a presentation of the new plan for the empty land, sizing the project down 17%.
“This property is clearly transitional, clearly in a high commerce area, across the street from a gas station- it doesn’t make sense. You asked for flexibility and I think we have been very flexible going from 30 to 24 units,” said attorney for Oak Creek Capitol Partners, Len Munson.
Resident’s still weren’t happy, joining together to present several reasons the project wouldn’t work.
“The proposed project is still too dense, there is a less dense proposal one mile west on Bauer Road which was twice rejected by city council for being too dense. This is a community of single-family homes this proposed project is incompatible with it. This proposed project will reduce safety in the neighborhood. This area does need a facelift, but this isn’t it. Please vote no,” said local resident, Mike Marack.
In the end council agreed with the residents, voting that the project back to planning and zoning for further consideration.
“I would encourage them to go meet with the developer and the petitioner’s attorney because as someone said over the course of the evening – we just aren’t there yet. We can do this so much better, this is an area of Naperville that has so much about it, lets do this well lets go back, and be creative and see what is in the best interest of all of us. I am not supporting it because from my perspective it doesn’t meet those standards,” said Councilwoman, Rebecca Boyd Obarski.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.
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