AGENDA

City of Countryside

Landscape and Architectural Design Ad Hoc Committee

Thursday, November 17, 2011 7:00 P.M. Chamber Room

I. Call meeting to order.

II. Roll call.

Alderman Sean McDermott – Chairman

Mark Burdett – Resident – Ward 1

Pat Schwartz – Resident – Ward 2

Mary Jo Ramicone – Resident – Ward 3

Marc LaCroix – CBA President

Sharon Peterson – Assistant City Administrator

III. Approval of Minutes – October 19, 2011

IV. Continued Discussion on Landscape and Architectural Design.

V. Other Committee Business.

VI. Adjournment.

MINUTES OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE

LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE – CHAMBER ROOM

November 17, 2011 7:00 PM

1. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

Meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Upon roll call the following were present:

Sean McDermott, Chairman

Mark Burdett – Resident Ward 1

Pat Schwartz – Resident Ward 2

Mary Jo Ramicone – Resident Ward 3

Marc LaCroix – CBA President

Sharon Peterson – Assistant City Administrator

Members Absent:

None.

Also present:

Zac McConnell, The Lakota Group

Daniel Grove, The Lakota Group

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The October 19, 2011 minutes were approved.

3. CONTINUED DISCUSSION ON LANDSCAPE AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN.

Zac McConnell presented the committee with a draft design standards manual. Mr. McConnell explained to the committee that what the city has in its code today, may not necessarily be what we want in the code in the future. By reviewing the draft manual, members of the committee can provide input on what would be acceptable in the new development and any development in the future.

Several questions were raised with regards to the maintenance of the landscaping, ease of replacement, cost differentials, and if the standards chosen by the committee will have an effect on who chooses to come into the development. Daniel Grove said that the corporate chain type users typically want to come in with whatever is the cheapest design, and the same design that they can use in other communities. Mr. Grove went on to say that the city can still have a good design and keep the cost and maintenance low.

Mark Burdett commented on the signage at some of the other developments in the surrounding communities. At times, it seems like there is so much going on with every other retailer and each one is trying to outdo the other, and the signs almost get to be too much. Mr. Burdett also commented on landscaping and feels that there should be seasonal landscaping that changes with the seasons and fencing that is easy to maintain. Mr. Grove suggested native prairie landscaping; he did say however, that in the beginning, people will question it, because it tends to look like weeds, and the geese may be a problem with it as well. In the long run, using the native prairie landscaping is a good idea. Chairman McDermott suggested that the committee consider a combination; one that could grow over time as well as one that would look nice immediately.

Mr. McConnell asked the committee to review the draft guidelines on their own and to provide him and Daniel with any feedback.

Mark Burdett asked how can the committee determine what the buildings are going to look like if the committee doesn’t know what end users are going to be in the development. Mr. McConnell said that this committee has the power to determine how the development will look; this is the committee that sets the bar for the development and all future development in Countryside. Chairman McDermott added that this has been the goal from the start, this development will raise the bar in Countryside; this has been the City’s stance from day one.

Trash enclosures were reviewed in the draft plan; is the committee interested in cinderblock enclosures or wood gate enclosures. Daniel Grove discussed the City Center signage; there will be one major sign at each entrance (Joliet Road and also LaGrange Road), which will list each of the businesses in the development. Mr. Grove went on to say that each individual business will also construct their own monument sign for their building. This committee can regulate and be strong and clear on the signage and what will be allowed and what will not be allowed. Mr. Grove will present draft sign requirements to the committee at the next meeting.

4. OTHER COMMITTEE BUSINESS.

Chairman McDermott shared the list of potential users with the committee. Chairman McDermott also asked Mr. McConnell and Mr. Grove if it is possible to have a bit of green space in the development for the City to plant a tree to use for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Mr. McConnell and Mr. Grove will look into this.

5. ADJOURNMENT

There being no further recreation business, the meeting adjourned at 8:27 pm.

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Dated Sean McDermott, Chair