Elburn Station project chugs along

By on April 13, 2012

by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—The Elburn Station project is moving forward, with continuing discussions between Shodeen representatives, village staff and the Village Board.

The current focus is on the annexation agreement, with negotiations between village staff and Shodeen Construction President David Patzelt nearly completed, as well as ongoing negotiations between Kaneland School District officials and Patzelt regarding impact and other fees.

Monday night’s Committee of the Whole discussion revolved mainly around the open space and parks within the development. Because Shodeen is setting aside more than 25 acres, or more than the village’s required 40 percent of the development for open space, they are not required to make any improvements to the spaces, such as swings, baseball diamonds, basketball hoops or other amenities.

According to Patzelt, Shodeen would still likely make some improvements to satisfy the desires of future residents. The board decided to leave the agreement, regarding possible improvements for specific parks, open to negotiation between the developer and the village.

The board is scheduled to vote on the annexation and planned development agreements on Monday, May 7, subsequent to a public hearing the same night. The village and the developers have worked out an agreement to disconnect and re-annex certain already-annexed properties so that the village may receive the impact fees on that property and the entire piece would be under the same annexation agreement.

An intergovernmental agreement between the village and Kane County Department of Transportation regarding the Anderson Road Bridge should be completed and approved by Tuesday, May 8.

The Village Board vote on the establishment of the Special Services Area (SSA) for the development will take place a month later, on Monday, June 4.

“We have our work cut out for us,” Village President Dave Anderson said.

Elburn Station project timeline

• Tuesday, April 10
Final draft of annexation agreement

• Monday, April 23
Board vote to disconnect
specific properties

• Monday, May 7
Public Hearing and Village Board
votes on annexation and planned
development agreement; re-annex
disconnected properties

• Tuesday, May 8
Kane County Board approval of IGA
between Village of Elburn and Kane
County Department of Transportation
for Anderson Road bridge

• Monday, June 4
Village Board vote to establish SSA


  1. BBCreekRes

    April 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Looks like the Rubber Stamp will get lots of use the next few weeks.
    Sad days ahead for our small bedroom community.

  2. informed

    April 16, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    “Sad days ahead for our small bedroom community.”

    Funny, that’s what people said before BBCreek was built.

  3. BBCreekRes

    April 20, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    Comment by informed on 16 April 2012:

    “Sad days ahead for our small bedroom community.
    Funny, that’s what people said before BBCreek was built.”

    Yes, I have no doubt of that however, we got the ” your not wanted here” impression from locals for several years.

    BBC is “primarily” single family homes that are on lower density spacing lots more common to already existing development in Elbun.
    There are no huge multilevel apartments,no high density spacings & and no business complexes.
    IF BBC were to be built out tonight, it would represent approximately 1/5th the population of Elburn.
    Elburn Station would represent approximately 1/3rd of the Elburn population on completion.
    Elburn station is a “Transit Orientated Development” meaning URBAN HIGH Density.
    What Drives TOD?
    -Rapidly growing, mind-numbing traffic congestion nation-wide
    -Growing >>>>distaste for suburbia<<<>>urban lifestyle<<<
    -Growing desire for more walkable lifestyles away from traffic
    -Changes in family structures: more singles, empty-nesters, etc
    -Growing national support for Smart Growth
    -New focus of Federal policy

    Well, I can tell you I for 1 did not move to Elburn 8 years ago to live an urban lifestyle or deal with the associated crime that follows it..