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Downtown zoning, cityscapes plan OK'd by Yorkville City Council

UPDATED 7:45 A.M. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9:

YORKVILLE – Zoning and aesthetic guidelines for downtown Yorkville are going to look a little different after the Yorkville City Council meeting this week.

The City Council voted, 7-0, to approve the proposed form-based code and streetscape master plan for the city's downtown area during their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8 at City Hall, 800 Game Farm Road. Ward 4 Alderman Jason Peterson was absent from the meeting.

Krysti Noble, community development director for the United City of Yorkville, said city staff addressed previous concerns from the City Council after the matter was last discussed during the Sept. 24 City Council meeting. She said those concerns included errors in the documents and addressing maximum new building heights within the more residential parts of the downtown area.

Noble said the revisions also include trying to avoid vision clearance at street corners to make sure newer buildings, landscaping or structures won't block motorists' views when trying to look around the corner.

"It addresses all buildings that would be [in that] clearance situation that they have to be set back so we can have that 25 foot" sight triangle, Noble said.

City officials said the streetscapes plan is a planning document for what the downtown area would look like as developments occur. The plan would be used by city officials as a tool going forward with the more aesthetic related parts of development in the downtown area.

The form-based code is meant to create a more streamlined permitting process, with the physical character of developments being prioritized and land use being a secondary priority.

Olson said the proposed changes to the code since last meeting also include reclassifying South Main Street as a residential street, meaning the form-based code would provide for more normal single family houses rather than a four-story condo building in the area. He said condo building-esque projects could still be proposed under the new form-based code, but they would be subject to City Council approval.

Olson said the intent is for the proposed form-based code and the cityscapes master plan to be effective immediately, so someone could come in at next meeting and apply to do whatever the new code would allow.

However, “there’s not anybody waiting in the wings that I’m aware of” regarding the form-based code, Olson said.

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