McLean County Land Use and Development Committee met November 1
McLean County Land Use and Development Committee met Nov. 1.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
The Land Use and Development Committee of the McLean County Board met on Thursday November 1, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 400, Government Center, 115 E. Washington Street, Bloomington, Illinois.
Members Present: Chairman Chuck Erickson, Members, Don Cavallini, Laurie Wollrab, Jacob Beard, Ryan Scritchlow and Mark Johnson
Members Absent: Members George Wendt
Other Board Members Present:
Staff Present: Mr. Bill Wasson, County Administrator, Mr. Eric Schmitt, Administrative Services Director, Ms. Samantha Walley, Assistant State’s Attorney, and Ms. Julie Morlock, Recording Secretary
Department Heads/ Elected Officials Present: Mr. Phil Dick, Director of Building and Zoning
Chairman Erickson called the meeting to order at 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Erickson presented the minutes from the October 4, 2018 regular meeting for approval.
Motion by Scritchlow/Johnson to approve the minutes from the October 4, 2018 regular meeting.
Chairman Erickson presented the bills as of October 31, 2018 reviewed and recommended by the County Auditor. The prepaid total and fund total is $1,643.66.
Motion by Cavallini/Wollrab to recommend approval of the Land Use and Development Committee bills.
Chairman Erickson confirmed there were no request to appear before the Committee.
Chairman Erickson presented for action a request by Amie Brown for a waiver of preliminary plan requirements and a two-lot subdivision final plat for the Amie Brown Subdivision, File No. S-18-13. Mr. Dick went over the project stating this was one lot with two homes on it and they are requesting a two-lot subdivision where they would remove existing homes and build two new homes. He stated that the Highway Department had signed off on the project. Mr. Dick further indicated that the Health Department only has one permit on file for septic and will not sign off until the second home has been determined uninhabitable. Mr. Dick indicated that Staff is recommending approval only if the applicant meets all requirements set by the Health Department. Ms. Wollrab asked how they would make sure this was taken care of. Mr. Dick indicated these properties would not be allowed to be recorded until conditions from the Health Department are met.
Motion by Scritchlow/Wollrab to recommend approval of request by Amy Brown for a waiver of preliminary plan requirements and a two-lot subdivision final plat for the Amy Brown Subdivision, File No. S-18-13.
Mr. Wasson indicated there were no positions filled in the last thirty days under the purview of the Committee.
Chairman Erickson indicated that the next meeting would be 3:30 p.m. on December 6, 2018.
Under other business, Mr. Dick presented before and after pictures of a property in Weston that had been in need of clean up for several years. He mentioned it had taken several individuals getting involved to get the property cleaned up including Ms. Metsker, the Rail Road Company and Administration. Mr. Johnson asked if grant money had been used to clean up this property. Mr. Dick indicated that grant money could not be used for this property because this was not a residence. Mr. Wasson stated there currently is another property Staff is preparing to post on where grant funding could be utilized. Mr. Cavallini asked if we had used any of the grant funds. Mr. Dick stated that we have been able to get property owners to clean up their own land, which is more economical for the landowner as we have to put a lien on their property for the amount we are charged to remove the home and they can usually do it cheaper. Mr. Wasson stated that the grant funding has allowed us an advantage in discussions with property owners. Mr. Beard asked if more funds were available would they have enough staff time to handle more of these situations. Ms. Walley went over the lengthy process to have a home demolished. Mr. Wasson stated that we would not have the staff available to process many more than we currently process. Ms. Wollrab asked what the process is to prioritize the ones worked on. Mr. Wasson stated that Staff considers those properties we have received complaints on, those that create a risk to public safety and those we feel we can be successful in getting property issues addressed. Mr. Cavallini asked if other properties had been surveyed that might fall on this list of potential hazards. Mr. Wasson said that the focus is in the unincorporated areas. Mr. Dick stated that they did a review when they were applying for the grant and identified properties that would meet criteria for grant funding. He stated they are short staffed and have not been able to focus on that list as much as they would like.
Mr. Erickson indicated that the text amendment would come before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week. Mr. Dick confirmed it would be next Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Mr. Erickson asked if there was anything further for the Committee; hearing none, he asked for a motion to adjourn.
Motion by Scritchlow/Beard to adjourn the November 1, 2018 Land Use Committee meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:52 p.m.