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Council tables vote on Grande Reserve amendment request

Builder seeking approval to lift limit on three-bedroom homes

Should Ryan Homes be able to build out its “lifestyle” community in Yorkville’s Grande Reserve subdivision with as many three-bedroom homes as they wish?

Residents will have to wait until March 12 to find out.

A 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 was put on hold at the Feb. 26 City Council meeting.

Ward 1 Alderman Carlo Colosimo told the council that Ward 4 Alderman Jason Peterson, who did not attend the meeting, had asked him to let council know he had questions about the proposal. The development is in Peterson’s ward.

Reached Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, Peterson said he wanted the council to know that over the past couple of weeks some homeowners had called him to share concerns that the builder would be “marketing toward families.”

Although Peterson assured them that would not be the case and that the neighborhood is not conducive to families, he wanted to make sure that “when we do make a decision, we take residents’ concerns into consideration,” Peterson said.

Under the existing agreement, the number of three-bedroom homes is limited to 50 percent in 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.

To date, 63 of the 290 approved lots in the neighborhood have been sold between Pasquinelli, the original builder, and Ryan Homes. Eighty-four percent of those homes are three-bedroom.

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 declined, saying that “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 Colonies resident Helen Brown told council that she just purchased a home in the community. She said while she was told there wasn’t an age restriction, she was told it was an adult community that would only have two-bedroom homes.

Scott Shelton, regional market manager for Ryan Homes, said although there are no age restrictions, The Colonies “absolutely is an age-targeted community” with small, maintenance-free lots and one-story homes that are “significantly” more expensive than many two-story homes in the city.

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

But resident Brown said she would rather see sidewalks constructed around the community. She added that a gazebo that is already in place is underused.

The original annexation agreement dates back to July, 2003, and Ryan Homes has been the builder since 2017.

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