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Sycamore City Council to consider land annexation northwest of city

Plan for estate-style homes has been in works since 2011

Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory discusses a request made by six developers for the city to annex 301 acres of land for estate-style subdivisions after a City Council meeting May 13.
Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory discusses a request made by six developers for the city to annex 301 acres of land for estate-style subdivisions after a City Council meeting May 13.

SYCAMORE – The city of Sycamore will take the first steps Monday to annex land into the city for a new housing development along Motel Road.

At its meeting Monday, the Sycamore Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a request by five developers that the city annex
183 acres of land north and west of Motel Road. The developers plan to build four subdivisions that will include lot sizes with a minimum of 3 acres and residences up to two-and-a-half stories.

The City Council moved forward on a plan to line northwest Sycamore with estate-style homes in 2011 and approved agreements with six developers in May 2016 that outlined the terms and conditions for future annexation, City Manager Brian Gregory said.

“There’s similar types of development that surround these properties, so when it was first proposed, it was proposed as a feathering of the northwest quadrant,” Gregory said.

As a part of the annexation agreements, houses will have a minimum first floor living area of 1,800 square feet and additions may include a guest house, detached garages and private stables for horses, according to city documents. Each dwelling will be required to have its own water service line to private wells and sewer line to private sewage disposal systems.

Should the council approve annexation, it must switch the zoning designation of the subdivisions from single-family residential to rural residential to be in line with the already approved agreements.

“When the properties come in, when they are annexed, they come in by default as single-family residential,” Gregory said.

Gregory said it is too early in the process to determine how much money in property taxes the subdivisions would generate, but districts such as the Sycamore School District 427 and Park District would not have to expand to accommodate future growth.

The five developers who seek annexation under Phase 1 are Katherine J. Koehling Properties, Albert and Louis Hoffman Properties, Richard and Jane Hoffman Properties, Michael Schelkopf Properties and Steven Glasgow Properties.

The next step for the developers, should the city approve annexation, is to map the lots of their properties and to have that plan approved by council. The owners will pay $2,500 an acre at this time, according to the planning and zoning meeting agenda.

A future phase of the plan will include a sixth developer and will add a 118-acre subdivision.

A public hearing for Phase 1 will take place at the Sycamore Planning and Zoning commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the the Sycamore Center City Council Chambers, 308 W. State St.

Written comments can be submitted to the City Clerk’s office in the Sycamore Center.

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