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Bluffs developer open to changing plan

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 10:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 7:51 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – The developer of a proposed housing development west of St. Charles on Monday said they are willing to revise the plan based on feedback from elected officials and residents.

The development team went before the city's Planning and Development Committee with their existing plan for The Bluffs of St. Charles. The proposal 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 concerns range from the number of proposed houses to its effect on the Fox Valley Aero Club that operates nearby.

"We do believe there is plan that could be acceptable to the city and [the neighbors]," said Chuck Hanlon, the St. Charles-based urban planning principal at Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, at Monday's committee meeting.

Hanlon said one of the things the group will address is how the development might coexist with Brundige Road – which is part pavement and gravel – and its designation as a rustic road.

The St. Charles City Council aldermen who sit on the Planning and Development Committee expressed a variety of opinions on the development. Fourth Ward Aldermen Jim Martin preferred that the 96 acres be annexed into St. Charles as property of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Third Ward Alderman Bill Turner was in favor of The Bluffs development, but perhaps under different zoning.

"I really think we ought to develop this property, because it's going to get annexed anyway," Turner said.

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