Sugar Grove sets public annexation agreement public hearing for Oct. 1

By on September 28, 2013

SUGAR GROVE—Those who attend the Sugar Grove Village Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1 will have a chance to ask questions, make comments and provide feedback on Sugar Grove’s proposed annexation of property around the Interstate 88 and Route 47 interchange.

The property, currently owned by Crown Development or Sugar Grove, LLC, consists of 792 acres, and is contiguous to the village via the Hannaford Farm Subdivision leading north to land near and around the interchange.

According to Sugar Grove Community Development Director Rich Young, exactly how far north the annexation will go is still to be determined by the Village Board, but Village President Sean Michels said it could extend to Seavey Road, or even possibly Green Road.

Sugar Grove officials in 2007 began discussions to make the intersection a full interchange with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, Kane County Division of Transportation and the larger landowners near the interchange.

A feasibility study for the full interchange was completed in 2010 with funding from the Crown Community Development, the village of Sugar Grove and other property owners in the area. Several years prior to the study, Crown Development had proposed a 790-acre mixed-use development around the intersection of Route 47 and Interstate 88 that would benefit from a full interchange there.

Although that development did not move forward at the time, Michels and other village officials have continued discussions regarding potential funding sources for the interchange. The $19.7 million project got a boost when funding from the proposed Prairie Parkway became available. IDOT has committed to providing $4.9 million, or 25 percent of the funding, toward the project.

The current annexation agreement with Crown calls for the property to remain agricultural for now, and the land will continue to be farmed until the final land use is determined. Although often land is not annexed into a village until a plan for development has been approved, Michels and Young said that it is in the village’s best interest to have the project within village limits.

“We’re not trying to grab land,” Michels said “We’ve spent a lot of village time and resources on the project. It should be an asset of the village.”

The land to be annexed includes three of four corners around the interchange, Michels said. Crown owns the three corners, and Bluff City Material, Inc. owns the fourth. That property will not be annexed at this time, Young said.

Kane County Department of Transportation Director Tom Rickert said that work on the interchange project is still a number of years off. Phase I engineering, including concept design, will take 18 months to two years, and Phase II, which includes more detailed plans and land acquisition, should take about a year or more, before construction begins.

The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. at Sugar Grove Village Hall, 10 Municipal Drive.