Density concerns stall Homer Glen proposal
Developer wants to build 275 homes, down from 283
The Homer Glen Village Board has sent a proposal for a large residential development back to the village’s Plan Commission to review after some changes were made to the development plan.
M/I Homes, which has built homes in nearby Lemont, Orland Park and Lockport, nowwants to build 275 new homes inHomer Glen.
If approved, thenewsubdivision, South Pointe, would be built on 135.5 acres of a former farm along the south side of 159th Street, west of Stonebridge Drive. Plans include 104 townhouses with garages in the back, 124 traditional townhouses with garages in the front and 47 singlefamily houses.
It also would include about 19.5 acres of future commercial space along 159th Street, but no specific plans have been submitted for this portion of the development.
This latest proposal is a slight reduction from the original plan, which included 283 total homes, according to village documents.
In the newer proposal, the developer also limits the townhouse buildings to a maximum of four units per structure, eliminating all of the five- and six-unit buildings. The plan also lowers the density of the townhouse development from 8.9 homes per acre to 6.71 homes per acre.
The proposal has raised concerns from nearby residents who object to the development’s high density.
Resident Craig Linde- mann told theVillage Board he has a petition signed by 288 neighbors who are against the new development.
Trustee Sharon Sweas said she would like to see fewer townhouses and more single-family homes.
Board members also said they would like the new subdivision to connect to existing neighborhoods through walking paths or trails.
The South Pointe development proposal is expected to bring nearly 659 new residents to the village, including 107 school-age children, according to Homer Glen officials.
The Plan Commission is likely to review the new plans next month before sending the proposal back to the Village Board for consideration.
Michelle Mullins is a freelance reporter.