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Plan Commission opposes Bluffs development

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 8:23 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Plan Commission on Tuesday echoed many of the concerns residents had about a housing development proposed for annexation into the west side of St. Charles.

The eight plan commission members present were mostly uniform in their opposition to the development, called The Bluffs St. Charles. The proposed development would require 96 acres to be annexed into the city and then subdivide it in about 285 single-family residential lots.

The development is proposed to be at the southeast corner of Route 38 and Brundige Road in unincorporated Campton Township.

The Avanti Acquisition Company came before the Plan Commission on Tuesday with their concept plan application for The Bluffs development. The commission provides recommendations to the city's Planning and Development Committee, but the committee also needs to hear the concept plan presentation, said Joe Segobiano, who represented the company at Tuesday's commission meeting.

"We're going to move forward [with the] same plan," Segobiano said outside the St. Charles City Council chambers where the meeting was held.

Segobiano responded to concerns the development contradicted elements of the St. Charles Comprehensive Plan by saying that the plan is a guide and was not sure it should be consulted for every detail of the plan.

Plan commission members noted that the Comprehensive Plan recently was updated and was too fresh to ignore.

"It just doesn't fit with the principles of smart development," Plan Commission member Brian Doyle said.

The city's next Planning and Development Committee meeting is Monday.

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