AGENDA
PLAN COMMISSION/ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE
OCTOBER 4, 2005 7:30 P.M.

ROLL CALL MEMBERS:CHAIRMAN RICHARD FULLMER, JR., MS. TINA GROTZKE, MR. ROBERT LUBE, MR. STEVEN JASINSKI, MR. DANIEL MOSS, MS. CYNTHIA SCHULZ, MR. FRANK THULLEN, MR. RICHARD TOTH, MR. EDWARD ZIEMBA

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: SEPTEMBER 6, 2005

PUBLIC HEARING:

1.To consider a special use pursuant to Section 10-6a-2 of the Municipal Code of the City of Countryside, in order to operate retail car sales and storage. The property is commonly known as 6420 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525. The name of the applicant is Richard A. Fisher of the Auto Barn Limited, located at 6161 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525.

2. To consider a variance of Section 8-5-9b of the Municipal Code of the City of Countryside, in order to permit construction of a free standing sign with a surface area of 320 square feet instead of the permitted 100 square feet and at a height of 30 feet rather than the permitted 20 feet. The property is commonly known as 5555 Brainard Avenue (Salem Square Shopping Center), Countryside, IL 60525. The name of the applicant is Inland Commercial Property Management, Inc., located at 2901 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

3.To consider a special use pursuant to Section 10-6b-2 of the Municipal Code of the City of Countryside, to permit the operation of a Veterinary (Cat) Clinic. The property is commonly known as 6555 Willow Springs Road #3, Countryside, IL 60525. The name of the applicant is Ajaz A. Alvi, located at 8283 Lake Ridge Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.

4.Continued to 11/1/05
To consider a special use to permit a variance of the current planned unit development by expanding the north portion of the building for an expanded dock loading area. The property is commonly known as 1 Countryside Plaza, Countryside, IL 60525. The name of the applicant is Eric M. Elizondo (Value City Furniture), located at 1800 Moler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43207.

5.To consider a variance of Section 10-5f-8e of the Municipal Code of the City of Countryside to permit an accessory building of 2,400 square feet instead of the permitted 1,200 square feet in the R-7 Rural Residential zoning district. The property is commonly known as 10251 5th Avenue Cutoff, Countryside, IL 60525. The name of the applicants is James V. & Constance l. Stevenson, located at 10251 5th Avenue Cutoff, Countryside, IL 60525.

ADJOURNMENT

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING
OF THE PLAN COMMISSION /ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
FOR THE CITY OF COUNTRYSIDE, IL
HELD IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2005

Chairman Fullmer called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Secretary Lube called the Roll; the following members were present:

PRESENT: Chairman Richard Fullmer, Jr., Secretary Robert Lube, Mr. Edward Ziemba, Mr. Frank Thullen, Mr. Steven Jasinski, Mr. Daniel Moss, Ms. Tina Grotzke, Mr. Richard Toth

ABSENT: Ms. Cynthia Schulz

ALSO PRESENT: Mayor LeGant, Ald. Conrad, Ald. Michalczyk, Ald. Von Drasek, Ald. Pondelicek, CDD Muenzer, Attorney Erik Peck

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

The first order of business was approval of the minutes of September 6, 2005. Chairman Fullmer stated that any reference made to Staples should be changed to Office Depot; the correction was so noted.Mr. Toth moved to approve the minutes as corrected, seconded by Mr. Moss and carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING

Chairman Fullmer read the Notice of Public Hearing to consider a special use pursuant to Section 10-6a-2 of the Municipal Code in order to operate a retail car sales and storage facility on property commonly known as 6420 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL. The applicant is Richard A Fisher of the Auto Barn Limited, located at 6161 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525.Mr. Jasinski moved to open the public hearing in this matter, seconded by Mr. Toth and carried by unanimous voice vote. The witnesses were sworn in by Chairman Fullmer and testified as follows:

Mr. John Grubbs, General Manager of the Auto Barn Mazda store in Countryside, stated that one year ago they transferred the Mazda store from a joint venture with Hyundai/Mazda, and moved to a building at 5700 LaGrange Road under a two-year lease that will expire on 9-30-06. They intend to lease the 6420 Joliet Road location, which was previously the Acura Dealership. Their business has doubled in size and they need the additional space provided by that building. The facility will undergo extensive renovation of the interior and exterior with additional landscaping when the new car facility is moved to the site. They plan to have retail sales of new and used cars at that location. They will transfer the Mazda franchise to Joliet Road and plan to keep the Volkswagen facility at its present site. Service and maintenance of all cars will remain at 5700 LaGrange Road for one year. The detail shop lease is also up at the same time. They are essentially subleasing the facility for one year; with City approval they will sign a long-term lease to take over the entire premises. There are eight years left on the original lease. They will keep the same signage as is presently on LaGrange Rd. with a change to the Mazda logo.

Ald. Conrad would like to see the facility go back to mainly a new car lot only. Mr. Peck suggested that he and Mr. Muenzer consider reviewing the City Code regarding used car dealerships and make a recommendation to the Board at a later date. Resident Dorothy Winkowski, 10640 Stalford Road, objects to outdoor loud speakers; she also asked about hours of operation. Mr. Grubbs stated that with cell phone usage and walkie-talkie technology prevalent today, there is no real need for outdoor speakers. Hours of operation for sales would be 9 to 9 Mon.-Fri. and 9-6 on Sat. Matt Pauga, 6 Kensington, No. Barrington, IL asked about future additions to the property. Mr. Grubbs stated that the lot is built out and no new additions are planned. Of the 18 Mazda dealerships in Illinois, their facility is second in sales and second in satisfaction.

There was no further testimony by any parties; Mr. Grubbs stated that Mazda plans to stay in the community for a very long time. Mr. Jasinski moved to close the evidentiary portion of the hearing, seconded by Ms. Grotzke and carried unanimously.

Ms. Grotzke moved to approve the special use pursuant to Section 10-6a-2 of the zoning code to permit the operation of a retail car dealership with storage on the front of the property commonly known as 6420 Joliet Road, seconded by Mr. Ziemba and carried by unanimous Roll Call vote – 8/0/1. Chairman Fullmer stated that this matter will come before the City Council at its Regular Meeting of October 26, 2005.

PUBLIC HEARING

Chairman Fullmer read the Notice of Public Hearing to consider a variance of Section 8-5-9b of the Municipal Code in order to permit construction of a freestanding sign with a surface area of 320 s.f. instead of the permitted 100 s.f. and a height of 30 feet rather than the permitted 20 feet on property commonly known as 5555 Brainard Ave. (Salem Square Shopping Center) Countryside, IL. The applicant is Inland Commercial Property Management, Inc., 2901 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, IL. Mr. Muenzer stated that the applicant has requested a continuance so they can reformulate their proposal to reduce the amount of square footage to 150 s.f. and lower the height to 22 feet. Mr. Lube moved to continue the above matter to the November agenda, seconded by Mr. Toth and carried unanimously.

PUBLIC HEARING

Chairman Fullmer read the Notice of Public Hearing to consider a special use pursuant to Section 10-6b-2 of the Municipal Code to permit the operation of a Veterinary (cat) Clinic on property commonly known as 6555 Willow Springs Road #3, Countryside, IL, 60525. The applicant is Ajaz A. Alvi, 8283 Lake Ridge Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. Mr. Jasinski moved to open the public hearing in this matter, seconded by Mr. Toth and carried unanimously.

Dr. Alvi owns and has operated a veterinary clinic in Summit for 25 years. Last year he opened a tanning salon at 6555 Willow Springs Road which did not succeed. He has a three-year lease for which he is responsible. The idea of a cat clinic came from his clients who live in the area; he believes the facility could easily be converted into a cat clinic. He provides wellness services, vaccinations, declawing, day surgical procedures, no boarding of animals; he serves domestic small cats only, no animals over 30 pounds. Hours of operation would be from 8-7 Mon.-Fri., closed for lunch; Saturday – 3 hours. He will remove the old sign and provide a new one.

There was no further testimony from the applicant or interested parties. Mr. Jasinski moved to close the evidentiary portion of the hearing, seconded by Mr. Toth and carried unanimously. Mr. Lube moved to approve the special use to permit the operation of a veterinary (domestic cats only) clinic on the property commonly known as 6555 Willow Springs Road #3, seconded by Ms. Grotzke and carried by Roll Call vote – 8/0/1.

PUBLIC HEARING

Chairman Fullmer read the Notice of Public Hearing to consider a special use to permit a variance of the current PUD by expanding the north portion of the building for an expanded dock loading area on property commonly known as 1 Countryside Plaza, Countryside, IL 60525. The applicant is Eric M. Elizondo (Value City Furniture), 1800 Moler Road, Columbus, OH 43207. Mr. Muenzer stated that their certified mailing did not notice all affected property owners. The City has GIS software (geographic information system) which allows the City, after entering an address, to immediately draw a radius on the computer screen as to who is affected and should be noticed. At present the responsibility to notify affected property owners about a hearing rests with the applicant. Mr. Muenzer recommends that the City take over that responsibility in the future. Mr. Jasinski moved to continue the hearing in the above matter to the November agenda, seconded by Mr. Ziemba and carried by unanimous voice vote. This matter will be continued to the November 1, 2005 hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING

Chairman Fullmer read the Notice of Public Hearing to consider a variance of Section 10-5f-8e of the Municipal Code to permit an accessory building of 2,110 s.f. instead of the permitted 1,200 s.f. in the R-7 Rural Residential zoning district on property commonly known as 10251 5th Avenue Cutoff, Countryside, IL 60525. The applicants are James and Constance Stevenson, 10251 5th Avenue Cutoff, Countryside, IL.

The witnesses were sworn in by Chairman Fullmer and testified as follows:Mr. Toth moved to open the public hearing in this matter, seconded by Mr. Thullen and carried by unanimous voice vote.

Mr. Stevenson is here to request approval of the variance as described. He provided a petition and drawings labeled Stevenson Home Office. There is an existing three-car two-story garage built in 1983 with the second floor used for storage only. It was originally designed and approved by Cook County for the eventual use as children’s playroom but which has continuously remained a storage area. The exterior of the building will not change drastically; he would like to improve that space to make it look like the first floor and remodel the interior and exterior of the building. Mr. Tom O’Neill,the potential purchaser, is an architect, who will use the storage area as a workspace. He will relinquish his office in Elmhurst and work from the building; his work is product design; work is done on computers and sent to clients. No additional traffic will be generated by this use. Mr. Stevenson has sent notice to affected owners and has had no objection from neighbors. Remodeling will improve the appearance of the building. Chairman Fullmer advised Mr. O’Neill that he will need a City business license for a home business. The sale of the home is contingent upon the City allowing the variation.

Resident Roger Marinkoff, 7424 Prescott Lane, stated that home-based businesses are allowed; the footprint of the structure is 1,150 square feet and that will not change. Rich Bazeka, 7375 Prescott Lane, agrees with the above sentiment. The parcel is 1.7 acres and will not be divided. No additional traffic will be generated as drawings are transmitted electronically. Chairman Fullmer met with Mr. Stevenson at his home and sees no problem with the concept; Mr. Ziemba agrees.

There was no further testimony from the applicant or interested parties. Mr. Moss moved to close the evidentiary portion of the hearing, seconded by Mr. Thullen and carried by unanimous voice vote. Mr. Peck entered into evidence as Petitioner’s Exhibit A, a drawing entitled Stevenson Home Office. The recommendation would be to approve a variance of Section 10-5f-8e of the zoning code to permit an accessory building of 2,110 square feet instead of the permitted 1,200 square feet in the R-7 Rural Residential district on property commonly known as 10251 5th Avenue Cutoff, all in substantial conformity with Petitioner’s Exhibit A. Mr. Jasinski moved to approve the above request, seconded by Mr. Toth and carried by Roll Call vote – 8/0/1. This recommendation will come before the City Council on October 26, 2005.

Mr. Marinkoff stated for the record that the ground footprint of the building is still within the R-7 zoning. Chairman Fullmer quoted the code … the actual floor area of an accessory building shall not exceed 1,200 square feet.

OTHER BUSINESS

Board members discussed ongoing projects. Mr. Muenzer advised that Route 66 has been designated a National Scenic Byway by the federal government. Discussion turned to scheduling the Landscape Ordinance on the December agenda, since there are several items on the November agenda. The PC/ZBA may call a special meeting during the month devoted solely to the Landscape Ordinance. Mr. Muenzer stated it could be held in December or even January. It was suggested that the number of agenda items be limited to four, per Mr. Muenzer’s discretion, in order to provide due diligence to all applicants.

Mayor LeGant stated that demolition of the Countryside Motel will begin in two weeks.

Mr. Peck stated that returning to the hearing on the accessory building, the resident’s remarks, the floor area does include basements and the second floor; all floor areas are taken into consideration in the computation.

Mr. Peck stated that he has attended many PC/ZBA hearings from other municipalities and praised Mr. Muenzer on the preparation of his department recommendations, which are top notch. The Board applauded Mr. Muenzer and commended him on doing an excellent job.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Mr. Toth moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Mr. Thullen and carried by unanimous voice vote.

Chairman Fullmer declared the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.