ST. JOHN | The proposed Greystone subdivision got rezoning approval from the town's Plan Commission on Wednesday, but a request to add a lot to the Renaissance at Rosegate subdivision was met with resistance.
Greystone is a 118.5-acre development on Calumet Avenue south of 101st Avenue that was annexed with single-family and commercial zoning uses. Jack Slager, of Schilling Development, requested the use be changed to allow 49 duplexes, 48 cottage homes, 18 patio homes, 84 single-family homes and professional offices in addition to about 5.6 acres for a park.
Councilman and plan commission member Greg Volk said the town decided many years ago to set a limit on mutli-family development at 8 percent of the total of residential development. The town is at 7 percent now and those proposed for Greystone and at The Gates of St. John would not put St. John over the 8 percent goal.
Resident Joe Hero opposed the duplexes saying it would devalue the other homes in the town and would represent spot zoning. Another resident said the comments at the recent public hearing on the town's comprehensive plan update were opposed to any more multi-family and it would create additional traffic problems for the town.
Resident Jim Westerfield said the town needs to do a traffic study and have a plan in place for dealing with the growth from the proposed subdivisions before they are developed.
"The infrastructure is not there to handle growth of this magnitude," Westerfield said.
The rezoning was approved 4-0 with member Stephen Hastings absent.
Doug Terpstra sought the extra lot for the final phase of the subdivision to make it a total of 29 lots at 97th Avenue and Parish Avenue. He said the extra lot was needed to maximize the company's investment in the development, which he said has been underway for eight years and is taking off again.
Terpstra said the extra lot would not hurt the value of other homes in the area because homes built in the earlier phases originally sold in the mid-$200,000 range and are now on the market for twice that. Plans call for Clarmonte Drive to be converted into a cul de sac at the west end of the subdivision so traffic is routed to the extension of 97th to connect with Parish and Joliet Street.
Council President Michael Forbes, who serves as commission chairman, said, "I see no need to squeeze more lots in just because you want to."
Terpstra offered to go back to the original lot lines, but the commission voted to defer the project to its study session to have drawings of Terpstra's proposal rather than his verbal request, which Forbes called unclear.