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Developer Will Return to Zoning Panel

Wed, Jun 22, 2005

By KAREN LONG, NORTHWEST HERALD - klong@nwherald.com

CRYSTAL LAKE Residents will have a chance to comment on changes to the Preston Pines development after the city council on Tuesday referred the modified plan back to the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Preston Pines developer Ryland Homes had responded to council requests by making half-acre lots for the single-family homes, which reduced the number of homes from 327 to 269 on the site east of Route 31, west of Barreville Road and north of Route 176.

Ryland Homes hopes to add land from Sherman Hospital on the southwest corner of the property. The land would provide a second access to Route 31 and eliminate an access on Route 176. The development would have 184 town houses, up from 168.

Mayor Aaron Shepley said residents and the Planning and Zoning Commission deserved time to comment on the changes.

"If we don't show it to them with the changes of green space, the changes of buffers, and the substantial changes that have been made, we're pre-empting them," Shepley said. "It's a new plan, and it may raise different concerns that haven't been considered."

Council member Jeffrey Thorsen wanted to send back the part of the plan with the new land from Sherman Hospital, not the entire plan because the changes reflected what residents and council members wanted.

"We're getting exactly what we asked for," Thorsen said. "We've done this in response to what the neighbors wanted us to do."

Neighbors wanted time to see the alterations.

"This modification hasn't been shown to any of the neighbors or any of the people whose property will be affected," said Meredith Sarkees of Crystal Lake. "We haven't had a chance to look at any of this."

Joseph Gottemoller, attorney for Ryland Homes, wanted the Planning and Zoning Commission to evaluate the new land, but at the end of the discussion, his client agreed to send the entire project back.

"We're going to be back [at the council] at some point with the whole plan," Gottemoller said. "It's a question of how we get here."

Located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, the lawyers at Madsen, Sugden & Gottemoller, Attorneys at Law, represent clients in McHenry County, including the communities of: Crystal Lake, McHenry, Waukegan, Woodstock, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Cary, Elgin, Dundee, Barrington, Harvard, Marengo, and Johnsburg.

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