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Grande Reserve subdivision, 2020 budget on Yorkville City Council agenda

Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson
Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson

Developer Ryan Homes may soon get their answer about whether they will be able to build out its “lifestyle” community in Yorkville’s Grande Reserve subdivision with as many three-bedroom homes as they want.

The Yorkville City Council is expected to vote on the annexation agreement amendment that would remove the restriction on the number of three-bedroom homes that can be built in The Colonies of Grande Reserve. The agenda item for the upcoming Tuesday meeting comes after it previously was put on hold during its Feb. 26 meeting and no one spoke during the public hearing for the project.

Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson said Ward 4 Alderman Jason Peterson did not attend the last City Council meeting. Olson said one of the aldermen wanted to further discuss the proposed project, which falls within his jurisdiction, with Peterson in attendance.

“The thought was that he wasn’t there and had some thoughts, and they wanted to make sure he was there to do that,” Olson said.

The amendment would allow home builder NVR, Inc., the parent company of Ryan Homes, to continue to build out the remaining 227 lots within the neighborhood without a restriction on the maximum number of three-bedroom homes that can be built. Currently, the developer can only make up to 50 percent of the units three or more bedrooms.

Olson said the original annexation agreement was created in 2003 and construction for the units started before the 2008 recession. He said the project sat for a few years after the recession and the current developer found that retirees overwhelmingly wanted three-bedroom units instead of two.

"They basically looked at their sales history and said, 'although we can build dozens of more homes that are three-bedroom, we wanted to clear up this issue now,' " Olson said.

Olson said the city as a whole likes to see subdivision growth. He said some people also have been showing up to meetings and voicing concerns about more three-bedroom units being more attractive to younger families – when they were meant for retirees – and those younger families moving into area, meaning more kids would be feeding into the school district.

Yorkville city staff previously recommended the home builder to request a letter of support for the change from School District 115. The Board of Education declined, saying the district has only received three students from the existing 63 homes but there is no guarantee that number would stay low if more 3-bedroom units were added to the neighborhood, according to the City Council agenda packet.

The City Council also will listen to a presentation about the city's proposed fiscal 2020 budget during the Tuesday meeting.

Olson said this will be the first and only presentation of the city's proposed fiscal 2020 budget ahead of the March 30 public hearing. He said the city has proposed to freeze water rates for the third year in a row and to freeze sewer rates but isn't anticipating any tax rate raises or fee increases.

"I don’t think we’re proposing anything new as far as this year is concerned," Olson said.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road.

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