Friday, March 22, 2013
West-Side St. Charles restaurant to be torn down and built anew on the same site, pending the St. Charles City Council’s blessing.
McDonald’s USA LLC likely is just one more step away from getting permission to demolish it’s fast-food operation at 1915 w. Main St. and build a new one that will be parallel to the street and with a new drive-through configuration that has proven more efficient at other McDonald’s locations. The St. Charles Plan Commission this week gave its blessing to the project, sending it to the St. Charles City Council with a recommendation for approval, contingent upon hammering out some concerns with city staff, particularly as they relate to pedestrian walkways in the restaurant’s parking lot and adjoining areas. Henry Stillwell III of Wheaton, an attorney with Rathje Woodward, the firm representing the applicant, said McDonald’s aims to …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
St. Charles Plan Commission concludes its work on the 2013 draft document that will set policy for development in the city for the next 20 years.
The St. Charles Plan Commission late Tuesday voted 6-0 to send the 2013 draft Comprehensive Plan, along with the commission’s discussion points, to the City Council Planning & Development Committee, which could begin its review of the document in April. The commission began its review of the document after the first of the year, delving into the plan in sometimes painstaking detail. But it was apparent Tuesday that the commissioners wanted to conclude their work on the plan, in part at least, as Commissioner Brian Doyle pointed out, because there are some pending projects awaiting completion of the document. The draft plan, which was 18 months in the making even before it was passed on to the Plan Commission in January, is considered a …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tuesday's big snow continues to take toll on area.
The St. Charles Plan Commission meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday has been canceled due to the inclement weather. The city issued a short release late Tuesday afternoon, saying the meeting was canceled due to the weather. The commission had been scheduled to continue its review of the 2013 draft Comprehensive Plan, among other agenda items.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Plan Commission considers desire for greater precision and the need for flexibility in plan that is to serve as the city’s development guide over the next 20 years.
The St. Charles Plan Commission this week continued its review of the 2013 draft Comprehensive Plan, with commissioners appearing to be leaning toward a slow, deliberate look at the document that already has garnered intense scrutiny. How long that will take is uncertain. The commission’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in the Council Chambers. But it s reviewing a document that took the Comprehensive Plan Task Force 16 months to compile as it worked with the St. Charles Planning Department and the city’s consultant, Houseal Lavigne Associates, to draw up the draft plan. Several factors appear to be coming into play as the commission wades through the 113-page document. One is a desire to maintain flexibility in the …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Plan Commission chairman promises panel will take as much time as needed to vet the draft plan before handing it off to the City Council.
Residents who on Monday felt disheartened by the St. Charles City Council’s approval of the Lexington Club development may have taken a measure of reassurance home one night later as the Plan Commission chairman promised a thorough look at the 2013 draft comprehensive plan. Once complete, the document is intended to be a guide for all future development in St. Charles over the next 20 years. Some of those who have been watching the task force work with the city’s consultant over the past 18 months to pull together the draft document are the same ones who were closely following the Lexington Club and Corporate Reserve developments, both with residential components on the city’s West Side. The City Council Planning and Development Committee …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The formal comprehensive plan process actually begins with the commission, whose members already recognize the volatility of the draft plan among St. Charles residents.
The St. Charles Plan Commission is bracing itself to take on the politically sensitive 2013 draft Comprehensive Plan once the task force which has been crafting it for the past 18 months delivers it up for the next step in the process. The Comprehensive Plan Task Force is scheduled to meet a final time on Dec. 12, when it is expected to hand off the 2013 draft Comprehensive Plan to the City Council, which then would pass it on directly to the Plan Commission. The task force could delay its final action, but a postponement is considered unlikely. That means the plan would be presented to the City Council during its Dec. 17 meeting. The Plan Commission expects to take up consideration of the draft plan during its first two scheduled meetings…
Monday, November 26, 2012
The 18-month-long process winds down as the task force prepares for Dec. 12 decision to hand off draft plan to the St. Charles Plan Commission.
As the clock winds down toward Christmas and the end of the year, the St. Charles Comprehensive Plan Task Force also is preparing to conclude its 18 months of work on a document to guide development here for the next 20 years. It’s proven to be a divisive issue in the community on several fronts, not the least of which is the idea of developing multifamily homes — specifically, apartments. But the plan stretches across the community, from the West Gateway through the downtown to the East Gateway, and north to south as well. Further, it is intended to set the framework for future development, from commercial to industrial to residential. Consequently, it has drawn diverging views on other points as well. The task force has been working with…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The changes head to the St. Charles City Council Planning and Development Committee after Tuesday’s recommendation of approval from the Plan Commission.
City officials’ efforts to massage the affordable housing ordinance — also called the inclusionary housing ordinance — advanced another step Tuesday, winning the recommendation of the St. Charles Plan Commission. The commission’s recommendation puts the proposed revisions to the ordinance one step closer to formal adoption by the St. Charles City Council, which first must review the changes as the City Council Planning and Development Committee. The revisions were presented by St. Charles Planner Matthew O’Rourke on behalf of the city’s Community Development Department, and represent months of talks among the city’s Housing Commission, the City Council Planning and Development Committee. The talks were prompted in part by several different…