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Route 47 Fill Site Proposal Sent Back to Commissioners

Plan commissioners have been asked to list the reasons they suggested the City Council deny a special use permit for the proposed fill site.

Yorkville’s plan commissioners are expected to list the reasons they don’t want construction crews to dump clean dirt from the on a property along Fox Road.

The commissioners voted, 0-5, against suggesting Brandon Road Properties receive a special use permit, but they did not include written “findings of fact,” Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson said. Plan commissioners will be discussing those reasons Wednesday but are not expected to take another vote. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the conference room.

The City Council’s Economic Development Committee postponed discussing the matter Tuesday until the commissioners finished; the City Council will make the final decision on the special use permit.

Under the proposal, crews would dump clean dirt on 46 acres (20 acres north of Fox Road and about 26 acres south of Fox Road) east of Pavilion Road, according to a March 7 memo by Community Development Director Krysti Barksdale-Noble. The property presently is used for farming but city leaders approved a concept plan for 77 homes there in a subdivision called Evergreen Farms Estates in 2006.

The location would only receive “uncontaminated soil,” as determined by an environmental engineering firm hired by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Barksdale-Noble said.

The property would be used to store soil for crews to use later, although some of the soil would fill and grade low areas, Barksdale-Noble said. It would be used like that for a year or two and would return to agricultural uses afterward, she said.

The truck traffic would vary, with up to 20 or 25 truckloads being dumped there daily.

Construction along Route 47 in and around Yorkville's downtown could begin within weeks.

Editor's note: The March 7 memo by Community Development Director Krysti Barksdale-Noble is attached to this article as a PDF.

The Fighting Fox April 07, 2012 at 03:27 PM
It seems as though the shadow group “FOGY” has crept out of the darkness to save Yorkville from itself again. Don’t ever forget that the collective genius behind FOGY with their unrelenting arrogance gave rise to such woefully inadequate local political candidates such as George Gilson (staunch supporter of health insurance for Yorkville City Council members) and now it would seem that Judy Gilmour will be occupying a seat on the Kendall County Board after the general election. It’s just too bad that the spineless cowards on the Yorkville Plan Commission and City Council will just roll over and let this tide of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) hysteria dictate where someone who owns the property can put their dirt, this is dirt, not waste, or garbage just dirt.
Eileen April 09, 2012 at 06:16 PM
How neighborly of you "fighting fox." Were you at the meeting? Did you hear D Construction say that there could be up to 100 trucks on any given day up and down Fox Road. Are you aware that all schools buses perviously serving the River Road area are now detoured through Fox Road, around to River Road and back due to the River Road bridge outage? Some of our kids in the area are loading the buses at 0625 now. With the Route 47 construction alone, these kids will be on the buses even earlier. Add in dozens of dump trucks along Fox Road and a recipe for disaster begins to brew. However minute the possibility of contamination of personal wells could be, all citizens of Yorkville should back up and support those homeowners in their interest for clean water supplies. I don't believe the Yorkville Plan Commission are splineless cowards . . . I think they care about their neighbors and the citizens they serve. Sure wish you did.
The Fighting Fox April 09, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I’m sorry Eileen but I wasn’t at the meeting, I didn’t get one of those nifty little notices that went around. It must have been a select distribution and thankfully I’m not considered part of that crowd. I rarely feel compelled to respond past my initial comments but in this case I can’t help myself because I find myself rolling with laughter at the terrible, selfish argument about Fox Road carrying 100 extra trucks a day. Right now the stretch of Fox Road between Poplar and Pavilion averages 2500 vehicles per day and Poplar to White Oak Way averages 4500 vehicles per day. You can see for yourself at http://www.gettingaroundillinois.com/mapviewer.aspx?mt=aadt. 100 trucks going round trip still doesn’t increase traffic 10%. I guess the selfish people that live along Fox Road think everyone else in the County should pay for their road but not be able to drive on it. My original point was that we would not be having this conversation if the construction company was hauling down Van Emmon, or Cannon Ball, Trail or Corneils Road because the NIMBY’s mostly live to the Southwest of Yorkville.
Eileen April 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Well, I'm not part of "that crowd" either, but please understand, there are plenty of industrial sites off Route 47 south of 71 that could/should be used. Fox Road is not appropriate. Fox Road is City/County controlled - which will be ripped up to repair a state road. That doesn't make any sense. Many of our kids use Fox Road to go walk to school - There are no sidewalks in most areas between 47 and Pavilion. Selfish- I think not! I am worried for the safety of our kids and citizens - harldy selfish. My main concern is safety for our school children. Other issues and valid concerns were presented at the meeting. The people that live along Fox Road are not selfish, just concerned, for multiple reasons. Lastly, I find it curious that D Construction had already purchased the land without re-zoning in place. Does anyone think this to be odd?
BeenFoxed April 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Rezoning has absolutely nothing to do with this topic, they aren't rezoning anything on the property. The property was bought exactly for the residential zoning so that they could get the permit to place the dirt in the first place is what the understanding is, nowhere else in the City limits will let you dump the dirt based on that zoning classification. You watch these trucks will come down Fox Road anyways because the City is going to force them to pick another location in the County or adjacent towns. Fox is the only road besides route 47 that will be an "out" for these trucks. River Road is out, Route 34 will be under construction this year so what does that leave? Hello Fox Road and now that this won't pass in the City's control the NIMBY's will still have to deal with it anyways and not get any control or consideration at all. Good Luck!

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