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Glen Carbon Board Takes Action On Subdivision, Zoning Issues

By Charles Feldman, Reporter

Creating wider lots so some residents will be able to build swimming pools without requesting variances in the new section of the Savannah Crossing subdivision was one of the issues discussed by the Glen Carbon Village Board at its Tuesday, March 26 meeting.

An ordinance amending a Planned Development Procedure to approve a special use permit in a RS-10 (single family resident) classification zone was passed by the board. It gives the developer permission to make the lots 15 feet deeper in that section.

Phases 4,5 and 6 of the current development have been running into a number of variance requests due to the size of the lots as currently platted. Now individuals in that part of the subdivision will be able to install pools without having to request a variance.

An amended preliminary plat for the Savannah Crossing subdivision was also approved.

“The next step would be for them to submit their final plat for approval,” said Village Administrator Jamie

A final site plan for Outlot 11 in Ginger Creek Meadows was also approved. Landscaping plans incorporated comments received from the G.L.E.N. committee. The property was rezoned from neighborhood commercial to residential multi-family to allow for use as condominiums.                  

The board also passed two amendments to the Glen Carbon subdivision regulations. Both were proposed to allow for clarification and consistency.

The first addressed the requirement that all portland cement pavement be constructed on a crushed stone base. Wording allowing pavement to be constructed on an earth subgrade was deleted and the word “compacted” was added to the crushed stone base rule.

The second addressed the definition of a driveway.

“We went to this discussion maybe two years ago with a development that came in,” said Bowden, “and part of the amendment set the definition of ‘driveway’ as serving four lots or less.

“We’ve run into a couple of recent situations where an individual came in and we approved it because it was under current code but it was basically a mini-subdivision,” he said.

“This definition will allow three lots on a driveway in agricultural zones and two lots on a driveway for residential zones so we get away from this mini-subdivision approach,” said Bowden.

Happy Up Inc. was named Business of the Month for March. This specialty toy retailer is located at 6654-A Edwardsville Crossing Drive.

In other action the village approved:

• A right of way use agreement with MCImetro Transmission Services Corporation, a subsidiary of Verizon, for placement of fiber optic cable within the village.

• Resolutions to intervene in the state property tax appeals of Best Buy Store #1426 and the Glen Carbon Walgreens store.

“These are the usual follow-up resolutions saying we wish to continue with our fight against these property owners trying to reduce their assessed valuations,” said Village Attorney Jim Schrempf.

The cases have gone beyond the County Board of Review and are now at the statewide Property Tax Appeals Board level.

The next village board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. The meetings are also broadcast via Livestream on the village’s Facebook page.

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