Planning Commission recommends two agenda items, continues two others

By on March 25, 2011

by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Planning Commission on March 16 reviewed four items on its agenda, including petitions for the relocation of Division One Fitness, expansion of Scot Industries’ current location on Route 30, and expansion of Producers Chemical Company to a facility located on Bucktail Lane.

Producers Chemical, a company in Batavia that distributes liquid and dry industrial chemicals, wants to buy a building located in an industrial area on Bucktail Lane and use it as a facility. The company’s request for a special use and variance was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission with a vote of 7-0, and will be presented before the Village Board at its regular board/Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday, April 5.

The building in question was at one time a dry wall distribution facility.

“We did have several people in the audience who were supportive of the use. Frankly, they were employees of Producers Chemical, and three of them were actually Sugar Grove residents,” Community Development Director Richard Young said. “A couple folks who were adjacent property owners didn’t necessarily object to the use, but just had concerns about what the safety procedures would be.”

Young said the Producers Chemical representatives answered those questions and have an extensive safety procedure in place.

“(These chemicals) would just be concentrated in one location, because they bring in bulk material and then repackage it for smaller distribution,” Young said. “They don’t actually manufacture anything on-site.”

Division One Fitness was included on the agenda because of the proposed move from its current location on Route 47 to the Heartland Business Park in order to have more room for expansion. The fitness club’s request for a special use was recommended for approval by the Planning Commission with a vote of 6-0, and will be presented before the Village Board at its regular board/Committee of the Whole meeting on April 5.

The Scot Industries item on the agenda was continued, by a vote of 7-0, to a special Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 30. The company is requesting a variance for a 90,000-square-foot expansion of its current building.

Young said the item was continued because the Planning Commission is still waiting for some additional information from Scot Industries.

“The existing building has a setback variance that does not meet material elevation requirements in the current zoning ordinance, so they needed two different variances that would go along with expansion,” he said.

The Planning Commission also voted, 7-0, to continue the village’s request for a zoning ordinance text amendment. The item will be reviewed by the Planning Commission at its special meeting on March 30.

“We’re working on some text amendments to include some questions that have come up over the last year or so with temporary uses, vendors, outside stores—that type of thing,” Young said. “It’s a text amendment that will be a part of the zoning ordinance in the future.”