Summit commission recommends approval of Tree Ridge subdivision plans

Amber Gramza - Freeman Staff

Nov. 22, 2013

SUMMIT - A subdivision that has raised some village residents’ eyebrows due to the size of its lots is one step closer to fruition after its zoning, length of cul-de-sac and preliminary plat were recommended for approval by the Plan Commission on Thursday night.

Commissioners discussed at length the Tree Ridge subdivision, which will include 18 single-family lots on 18 acres of land along Waterville Road, south of Interstate 94.

The Plan Commission recommended approval of the R-3 planned development overlay zoning for the 18.7 acres of land north of 1348 Waterville Road.

A modification the commission made was for a 20-foot front yard setback instead of the developer’s requested 10-foot setback.

Commissioner Ray Dwyer said there are many reasons for the additional space, but without it, there would be no room in the cul-de-sac when a snowplow came through.  The shorter setback would cause problems with cars parked along the street, he said.

Commissioner Ann Hasselkus said she wanted to make sure that she knew about the guidelines and the materials being used for the subdivision, so it was requested in the plat that the village would receive homeowners’ association documents for review and approval.

A group, Citizens for Rural Summit, founded by John Eull, was created with concerns about the size of the lots. Members have also mentioned the issue of safety with the additional traffic and stormwater runoff.

They will have the opportunity to express their concerns when the project goes before the Village Board on Dec. 5.