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Plainfield trustees pleased with townhome proposal’s modifications

PLAINFIELD – Trustees were happy Monday that a developer modified its townhome residential plan that was shot down by the village board last month.

However, they still had some concerns they want addressed before the plan goes up for a vote.

"I think it's a positive plan for Plainfield," Trustee Jim Racich said. "It's beautiful land to build on."

Ryan Homes is proposing a 149-unit townhome development, Townhomes at Prairie Creek, southwest of the Route 59 and 135th Street Meijer, west of the DuPage River.

The development is within a 63-acre site in the narrow strip of land between the river and water retention basins.

The site is surrounded by a floodplain, which was the main issue with trustees when it was brought to the village board on May 19.

"We had extensive feedback from the board and it was essentially a nonstarter," Village Planner Michael Garrigan said.

At that meeting, trustees said the development was too close to the 100-year and 500-year floodplains, which are industry-wide standards of measuring the impact flooding could have to developments like Prairie Creek.

They also were concerned about the density of the original plan with 212-units, re-zoning the area from I-1 light industrial to R-4 rowhomes, and the use of private streets.

Ryan Homes Vice President Scott Pjesky presented to the board updated plans that keep the development out of both floodplains.

According to the presentation, the lowest part of the townhome development would be 611.8 feet, higher than the 100-year floodplain elevation of 607.4 feet and 500-year floodplain elevation of 608.8 feet.

The developer also reduced the number of units in the development from 212 to 149, dramatically changing the streetscape from a linear to boulevard style with culs-de-sac.

The density changed from a gross 3.31 units an acre and net 7.31 units an acre to 2.37 and 5.13 unit an acre

Streets would be a 60-feet wide and become public rights-of-way with full sidewalks.

"I'm pleased to see that you've made the roads conform to village standards" among other changes, Trustee Bill Lamb said.

However, trustees still want the developer to work on several areas of the project.

They asked staff and the developer to provide a study on water retention of the soil in the area. They also asked for more work on design, and possibly conforming with single-family home design standards of the village.

"There's progress, yeah, but there are probably some more things that can be improved a little bit," Lamb said.

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