Rezoning clears way for gas station in Plainfield
By Madhu Mayer For The Herald-News October 2, 2012 8:10AM
Updated: November 4, 2012 6:12AM
PLAINFIELD — Open land eventually will be developed after the Plainfield Village Board on Monday approved a gas station at the southeast corner of Route 30 and 119th Street.
Prior to approval of the gas station that also will have a car wash, the board directed the village attorney to draft the necessary ordinances to approve an annexation agreement, rezoning and special use for a planned development requests for the property known as Sabadosh.
The property, encompassing 234 acres on the east side of Route 30 between 111th and 119th streets, is northeast of the proposed gas station.
Village planner Michael Garrigan said the Sabadosh annexation request includes a I-1 zoning and mixed-use development that could potentially contain a light industrial park, business park, commercial and potentially some single- and multifamily development. Right now, the Sabadosh site is being farmed.
“The Sabadosh annexation agreement will make this property contiguous to the village of Plainfield,” he said in reference to the site in Will County where the gas station is proposed.
Before any development can take place, board approval is needed to annex the parcels into the village and secure water and sewer connections. Annexation is the legal process of incorporating a geographic area into an established municipality. Typically, annexation agreements are legally binding for about 20 years.
Some residents are objecting to the idea of rezoning a portion of the farm to commercial.
“It is a shame to see this area becoming commercial,” said Sharon Petrowski of Plainfield, who did not attend Monday’s board meeting. “But I guess it is the sign of the times. At least the gas station will contribute taxes to the village.”
Trustee Jim Racich was sympathetic to those who live near the proposed gas station.
“There has been some concern from residents who do not want (a gas station) there,” said Racich, who, along with Trustee Garrett Peck, voted against the rezoning request. “What impacts this board is when we speak of the fact that we don’t want to affect the surrounding area. We have to protect the residents who live there (now).”
No one from the public commented on the proposal during Monday’s hearing.
While the gas station might not become a reality for years until a traffic signal is installed at the Route 30 and 119th Street, Trustee Bill Lamb said residents cannot demand what development occurs across the street from them.
Trustee Margie Bonuchi was also uneasy.
“Annexation is one thing, but without plans in front of me ... I think we are heading down a wrong path,” said Bonuchi, who did approve the rezoning request.
Attorney Mike Martin, representing the gas station developers, said the proposed use fits the area.
“We are not in anyone’s back yard,” he said.