A truck is seen driving along Monches Road Friday
morning in Richfield. The field seen behind the truck is
the plat for the Highland Ridge subdivision. The
Richfield Plan Commission approved the plat during
John Ehlke/Daily News Staff
RICHFIELD — The developer of the
proposed Highland Ridge subdivision had been trying for weeks to
gain approval of a preliminary plat for the project. On Thursday
night, the Plan Commission finally recommended approval of the
There were some questions on storm sewers related to the project and
processing of the application, but the vote to approve the request
came without objection. The request now goes before the Village
Board Thursday night for final approval.
The proposed subdivision would be on the south side of Monches Road,
one-half mile between Highway 164 and Plat Road.
Earlier in the process village staff had recommended denying
approval of the preliminary plat because the development plan failed
to meet one element of Richfield’s groundwater protection ordinance.
Among the many restrictions, the village’s ground ordinance requires
that development and building projects do not cause a drawdown of
the village’s groundwater levels in excess of one foot at the
“On Feb. 19, the village received confirmation that modifications
made by the developer’s engineer placed them in a position to meet
our groundwater ordinances,” Village Administrator Jim Healy said.
There was also considerable discussion by the Village Board about
the village’s upland conservancy district. Ultimately it was the
board’s decision to incorporate a change in the village code
regarding the upland conservancy district that would allow the
project to move ahead.
“The (concern) discussed by the board centered on their desire to
ensure the areas zoned upland conservancy are preserved and
protected coupled with a tradeoff that would result in continued
single-family residential growth and the incorporation of those
areas into platted subdivisions,” Healy said.
During the earlier discussion, Healy said, it was stated that about
9.5 percent, or 2,232 acres were classified as “Woodlands.” Of those
2,232 acres, of which 964 acres are zoned “Upland Conservancy
“We were talking about 1.5 percent of all land in the village zoned
UPC versus the 0.68 percent which was discussed based on the
incorrect assumption that overall in the village there are 2,200
acres UPC District property,” Healy said.
The preliminary plat’s layout, which was reviewed by the Plan
Commission in August, includes 24 single-family lots that range from
1.29 acres to 2.41 acres and three outlots. The minimum lot size in
the Rs-1b Zoning District is 1.25 acres. The plan also included a
recommendation from the village Fire Company to connect Yorkshire
Drive, Plateau Drive and Monches Road