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Lemont Village Board discusses revisions to housing development plan

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:36 p.m. CDT

LEMONT — The Lemont Village Board will go ahead with a vote on a preliminary plan for a 19-lot housing development despite changes to the plan that did not meet some of the village's previous conditions.

The board discussed the development, which would be on the east end of Stony Brook Drive in Mayfair Estates, during its Committee of the Whole meeting Monday.

Tempo Development Inc. has presented multiple proposals since July to the board and the Planning and Zoning Commission, while addressing concerns about the density of the 19 lots on the 6.5 acres.

The proposed lot size would be smaller than what is allowed by that area's zoning, but the village has agreed that it is the most economically viable layout for the size of the area.

The developer made enough accommodations in his plan that the board suggested voting on it during a December Committee of the Whole meeting.

Lemont Planning and Economic Development Director Charity Jones said the developer went through preliminary engineering and some of the aspects did not meet the conditions the village had placed on the project.

"The biggest one in our view was the fact that the landscaping was not as originally proposed," she said. "One of the reasons the board was considering the allowance of the reduced lot sizes was because he was doing all this landscaping."

The landscaping is along the eastern edge of the development, which borders Interstate 355 and serves as an aesthetic and sound buffer from the tollway.

The tollway is limiting the size of the landscaping to a 15-foot strip.

Jones said none of the changes were enough to keep the project from moving forward but were enough that they needed to be presented to the board first.

The board will vote on the Planned Unit Development and annexing the property into the village at a meeting to be determined.

• The board discussed items that will be voted on during the next meeting on May 12.

The board will vote on whether to start the process to refund 2005 General Obligation Bonds it used to finance the public works facility.

Village Administrator George Schafer said the village would be able to save money on on its debt by taking advantage of lower interest rates.

The board will also decide whether to make permanent a temporary parking restriction on the east side of Eagle Crest Drive next to the Centennial Pool.

The restriction would be during pool season from May 1 to October 1.

• The board also discussed the future of its Channel 6 program.

Through the PEG fees it collects on AT&T and Comcast cable bills, the village will purchase new video equipment for its volunteers.

Schafer said they also considered acquiring a donated vehicle to use as a production van but decided it was too early to do so.

"We're at the infant stages of improving the Channel 6 program," he said.

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