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Geneva committee recommends approval for 31.14-acre annexation

Annexation petition goes to Planning, Zoning Commission

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns (second from left) and attorney Ron Sandack listen as City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins (right) reads the terms of a proposed 31.14-acre annexation at the Feb. 3 Committee of the Whole meeting.
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns (second from left) and attorney Ron Sandack listen as City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins (right) reads the terms of a proposed 31.14-acre annexation at the Feb. 3 Committee of the Whole meeting.

GENEVA – Aldermen recommended approval of an annexation petition for 31.14 acres that would be contiguous to the corporate limits of Geneva.

The acreage is situated east of Old Kirk Road and immediately south of the Union Pacific West Line. Owner Kramer & Sons LLC and tenant Margaret K. Bussey submitted the petition. The addresses are 00N849 and 00N859 Old Kirk Road.

City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins said at the Committee of the Whole Feb. 3 that petitioners are requesting a light industrial zoning with existing rural residential uses.

The uses are deemed legal nonconforming under the city’s zoning ordinance, Dawkins said.

“Petitions for annexation are subject to a public hearing before the corporate authorities – which is the City Council,” Dawkins said. “However, since there is zoning classification request, the matter shall first be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission.”

The commission will provide a recommendation to the City Council, she said.

The City Council will host a public hearing on the petition.

The council will also review of a proposed annexation agreement which provides for:

• Granting a public utility easement

• Waiver of less than $20,000 in fees for annexation and zoning, the rezoning as requested, the ability to connect to utilities without tap fees for existing uses only

• A five-year tax abatement for the city portion of the tax bill

• The ability to connect to a future Kautz Road extension.

• Inclusion in a future tax increment finance district if qualified and adopted

The benefits of the annexation include securing future industrial use on 31.41 acres of property that conform with the city’s adopted plans and agreements; improve contiguity for future annexations; and granting a needed public utility easement along the northernmost property line, Dawkins said.

The requested zoning classification conforms with the city’s 2003 Comprehensive Plan and the 2012 Southeast Master Plan, Dawkins said.

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