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Housing development eyed for St. Charles draws opposition

Published: Friday, May 30, 2014 5:53 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A housing development proposed for the city of St. Charles is generating feedback from neighboring communities of the would-be site, including Campton Hills and Geneva.

The St. Charles Plan Commission is expected Tuesday to consider the Avanti Acquisition Company's concept plan application, which seeks feedback on the potential to annex a 96-acre property into the city and subdivide it in about 285 single-family residential lots, according to city documents.

The development would be known as The Bluffs of St. Charles.

The subject property is at the southeast corner of Route 38 and Brundige Road in unincorporated Campton Township.

City documents indicate the land is designated with a future use of "rural residential" in the city's 2013 comprehensive plan, but St. Charles has not discussed the site recently.

Kane County, the village of Campton Hills, the city of Geneva and Heritage Prairie Farm have submitted feedback to the city.

Heritage Prairie Farm – a working organic farm near the proposed site – said in a letter to St. Charles that its entire enterprise would be jeopardized if the proposed development moves forward.

"The Bluffs of St. Charles represents a 'worst-case scenario' that would result in irreparable damage to our business enterprise, significant loss of employment and the elimination of the numerous benefits our efforts have created for the residents of Kane County," Heritage Prairie Farm said.

Should the project proceed, Geneva recommends that a fiscal impact analysis be done as well as a traffic impact analysis, City Planner David DeGroot said in a letter. He said Geneva is particularly concerned about the potential increase of eastbound traffic on Keslinger Road.

Geneva is also concerned the proposal could set a "dangerous precedent" for development in the critical growth area, DeGroot said.

"This pattern of development would drastically change the character of the area and could have significant impacts on existing open space areas and water resources, such as Geneva's Prairie Green Preserve," DeGroot said.

In addition to submitting its concerns to St. Charles, Campton Hills included a notice about Tuesday's meeting in its e-News so its residents would be aware of their chance to provide input.

If you go

What: St. Charles Plan Commission meetingWhen: 7 p.m. TuesdayWhere: City Council Chambers, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles

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