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No public comment on Grande Reserve annexation pact amendment

Proposed change would lift restriction on number of three-bedroom homes

No one spoke during a Yorkville City Council public hearing Tuesday night on an annexation agreement amendment that would remove the restriction on the number of three-bedroom homes that can be built in a neighborhood in the Grande Reserve subdivision.

Under the existing agreement, the number of three-bedroom homes is limited to 50 percent in Neighborhood 1, also known as The Colonies.

The amendment would allow home builder NVR Inc. (parent company of Ryan Homes) to continue to build out the remaining 227 lots within that neighborhood unrestricted with regards to the maximum number of three-bedroom homes.

Aldermen are expected to vote on the amendment in their regular council meeting Feb. 26. If the amendment passes, Ryan Homes has agreed to pay the city $50,000 to improve existing parks or to construct a new park within the Grande Reserve subdivision.

To date, 63 of the 290 approved lots in the neighborhood have been sold between Pasquinelli, the original builder, and Ryan Homes.

Yorkville city staff recommended that the home builder request a letter of support for the change from School District 115, but the Board of Education, in its Dec. 17 meeting, declined.

The school board declined to write the letter because, according to minutes from that body’s meeting, “while the district has only received three students from the existing 63 homes, there is no guarantee that low ratio of district students would continue in the rest of the neighborhood.”

The minutes further state: “While the builder is marketing the homes and maintenance-free ‘lifestyle’ homes targeted toward move-down buyers who are 55+ years of age or greater, the Colonies in Grande Reserve are neither age-restricted or age-targeted by deed or covenants.”

The school board meeting minutes also stated that the entry price point of the homes (about $210,000) is less than nearby developments, so the homes “could be attractive to families with young children as starter homes.”

The builder also has proposed to construct a “Grandparent’s Park” within a landscaped open space area adjacent to the lots in the Colonies.

The original annexation agreement dates back to July, 2003.

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