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North Aurora will have to revisit annexation

NORTH AURORA – Village trustees will have to vote again on an ordinance to annex 41 acres on the west side of Orchard Road after Batavia Public Library was not notified of the pending annexation.

North Aurora village trustees and Village President Dale Berman last month voted 5 to 2 to
annex and rezone land on the west side of Orchard Road – north of Tanner Road – from estate residential to business zoning and multifamily housing.

But before voting on the ordinance, the village didn’t provide the required 10 days’ notice to the Batavia library as required by law. With the annexation, the land is being disconnected from the Batavia library and connected to Messenger Public Library in North Aurora.

Berman said the oversight was not intentional.

“It was a mistake,” he said.

Board trustees were going to take another vote on the ordinance at its meeting Monday, but they weren’t able to because three trustees were absent.

They now plan to vote again on the ordinance at their next meeting in January.

Village attorney Kevin Drendel said the new vote is “perfunctory at this point.”

“It’s a formality,” he said. “The annexation agreement has been approved, but the property hasn’t been annexed or zoned yet.”

Those living near the land had voiced concerns that the proposed rezoning would increase traffic in the area.

The property is owned by the Stan Zepelak Trust. There are no specific plans for land development.

As proposed, the southern portion of the property would be rezoned for business, and the northern portion would be rezoned to R-4, which will allow for single and multifamily housing.

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