A proposed housing development on the Village of Oregon’s southeast side got a positive recommendation from the Planning Commission last week despite concerns about stormwater.
The Hofer development will eventually include more than 100 single-family housing lots, with 37 of those in the first phase, which was discussed Jan. 11. While owners of some adjacent properties expressed concerns about the effects of the development on stormwater flowing to their properties, commissioners and village officials pointed out that a stormwater engineering plan will still have to be approved.
“We all know that the stormwater management issues have to be addressed ... as part of the engineering submittal prior to approval of the final plat,” said village planning consultant Mike Slavney. “If they aren’t, we can deny the final plat if the stormwater requirements are not met.”
The Village Board will still have to give final approval to the preliminary plat and rezoning that the commission recommended.
The first phase includes plans to extend both Lilliana Terrace and Foxfield Road, which would connect to County Hwy. MM.
That connection also raised concerns from some during the public hearing, with two speakers worried about the traffic the new development would create. But most of the concerns from the five residents who spoke at the hearing were related to stormwater runoff. None opposed the idea of development there.
“I’m not an engineer, but I’ve lived there for 16 years,” said one neighbor who lives across the street from the developer. “What you have right now I don’t think works. ... I can’t imagine if you build that subdivision – you’re going to turn my house into a swamp. If you can figure out how to make it work, go for it.”
Commissioners had expressed similar concerns at a pair of conceptual discussions on the project last year.
“(The comments) are nothing we haven’t already asked of them,” said commissioner John Bieno. “We won’t let it fall between the cracks, either.”
The second phase of the project, to the south of phase 1, includes a plan for a neighborhood park.