Sugar Grove discusses amendments to subdivision agreement

By on January 28, 2011

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Jan. 19 held a discussion and public hearing regarding proposed amendments for the Village’s Meadowridge Villas Annexation Agreement with DRH Cambridge Homes, Inc., the new developer of the subdivision.

“Cambridge was just asking for some relief from the (subdivision’s) architectural requirements,” Village President Sean Michels said. “They were mainly looking to use three-tab shingles instead of architectural shingles, but the board was pretty insistent that the developer remain with architectural shingles. This is all to protect the existing homes in the subdivision. It’s important to maintain the integrity of the existing architecture.

Michels said the new developer didn’t want to participate in the Village’s tree consortium, in which they pay the village $400 to plant trees.

“Cambridge wants to use their own nursery stock, but we’re pretty adamant they participate in the program, because we’ve got a better-quality tree,” Michels said. “And once the builder pays for them, we take over the warranty. The developer won’t have to worry about warranties or anything else to do with the tree, which is important because if they plant a tree that doesn’t survive, then we lose about two years of growing time. We want to see the trees get planted properly and grow.