No approval for development plan in Plainfield

Madhu Mayer – news@thetimesweekly.com | 6/20/2018, 2:07 p.m.

The wide-open spaces on a section of 127th Street in Plainfield will soon be synonymous with construction equipment and noise that comes from development.

The Plainfield Village Board granted approval only for final plat requested By McHale Enterprises Inc. to develop 55 acres of agricultural land north of 127th Street and west of Book Road into a residential and townhome development. Back in 2017, the village board approved the annexation agreement and preliminary plat.

On Monday, the board did not grant site plan approval as several trustees had issues with the design of the buildings in the proposed development. Staff will address these design issue with the builder and present the final plans for village board approval at a later date.

Phase I of the development is proposed to include 43 single-family detached residential lots, and 69 townhome units. Phase I consists of 112 homes on approximately 41 acres, as well as private roads, and outlots with storm water detention and landscaping. Ultimately, the subdivision is proposed to have 154 residential units in total.

Village trustees Margie Bonuchi and Brian Wojowski were among those not pleased with the proposal.

"I am not impressed with the building design," said Bonuchi.

Right now, the developer proposes building 15 townhome buildings of three varying sizes. The proposal shows McHale Enterprises is planning to build 10 four-unit townhome buildings, one five-unit building and four six-unit townhomes.

Asked by Bonuchi what would be constructed first, Jonathan Proulx, director of planning for the Village of Plainfield, said single-family homes and townhomes will be build concurrently.

Trustee Cally Larson said she would also like to see a plan that is more cosmetically pleasing by adding brick and color to the homes.

But trustee Ed O'Rourke was comfortable proceeding with the site plan as it was presented Monday.

"We need a balance of housing units in our community," said O'Rourke, adding that a "diverse housing stock" will only strengthen Plainfield.