Proposed subdivision draws residents to Hobart meeting
By Ben Rodgers
HOBART – Public hearings dominated the Tuesday, Sept. 17, Hobart village board meeting, with one item drawing around a dozen concerned residents.
The majority of the public was there for a rezoning hearing to change parcels located in the 600-770 block of Trout Creek Road from R2 to R2R to accommodate a new subdivision.
A similar request was made in May/June for a change to R1 and was denied due to concerns from the board regarding lot sizes.
The R2R zoning requires lots to be at least one acre in size.
The new development, for which the rezoning request was approved, calls for 30 lots all larger than one acre, with some near two and a half acres.
Residents expressed concerns over the lot sizes, landscaping requirements and the road layout, which is not part of the rezoning request, but rather the next step in the process, the creation of a certified survey map.
“This is not the certified zoning map we’re approving tonight, this is the rezoning,” said Aaron Kramer, village administrator. “This is not set in stone, this is the proposed layout. It could be different.”
No date has been set yet for the public hearing regarding the certified zoning map.
The board also approved an unusual request for a conditional use permit to amend the planned development overlay in the Polo Point subdivision, so a group of residents can band together and purchase a vacant lot from their homeowners’ association to make sure it stays empty and use it as a private park.
The three adjacent property owners on Ponce De Leon Boulevard have no intentions to build on the lot and the board put a condition on the permit stating no buildings are allowed to be constructed on it.
“The homeowners’ association owns it, they’re going to sell to these three property owners, then that will be divided into thirds and each of the three property owners will have it merged with their existing lot,” said Rich Heidel, board president.
The board also approved rezoning a parcel at 4660 Wedgestone Court into two separate R2 lots and a conditional use permit to allow a detached garage on Florist Drive to be built larger than normally allowed.