LOCKPORT, IL — After several weeks of delay due to the coronavirus and many hours of discussion at city meetings, the Lockport city council approved the concept plan for Redwood, a 159-unit single-story residential rental neighborhood, at its June 3 meeting. The plan was approved with a vote of 5-3, with 4th Ward Alderwoman Catherine Perretta, 1st Ward Alderwoman Renee Saban and 4th Ward Alderwoman Joanna Bartelsen voting no.
The development is a 30-acre property located west of Broken Arrow and east of Lago Vista.
Board documents state, "Although the project narrative provided by the petitioner uses the word 'apartment' as a descriptor of the development, from the city's zoning perspective, these units are each considered to be a single-family dwelling unit and not an apartment building that is traditionally a multi-story structure."
Lance Thies, Director of Community and Economic Development, also addressed some concerns from residents, including sewer capacity, neighborhood naming, walks and patio areas, and long-term maintenance and condition of the units.
A nearby neighbor had concerns about flushing and sewer capacity for the development, but Thies said there is sufficient sewer capacity to handle the development.
He also addressed the naming of the neighborhood, and whether the word 'apartment' had to be in the name.
"Signage is not something that we typically get into until later on down the line, and so that will certainly be something we bring up with them during the following phases of planning and development," Thies said.
According to board documents, other concerns from residents included school capacity. Children who live in the development would attend Fairmont School District. There is an anticipated 18 children coming from this development, and Fairmont currently has an enrollment of 342 students with a comfortable capacity of 500 students, board documents state.
Other concerns included concerns about traffic, and according to board documents, a detailed traffic study is not required during the concept plan phase, but will be required during the final plan phase of the approval process.
The property was previously known as Copperstone, developed by Monticello Homes, and was approved for annexation in 2004. However, board documents state a final plan was never submitted and development never took place.