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'Active adult' subdivision for Fox Valley County Club site?

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  • A developer wants to build an "active adult" subdivision called Lincoln Valley on the Fox on the site of the former Fox Valley Country Club in North Aurora.

      A developer wants to build an "active adult" subdivision called Lincoln Valley on the Fox on the site of the former Fox Valley Country Club in North Aurora.
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North Aurora trustees Monday will let a developer know what they think of a proposal to put 374 houses, townhouses and duplexes on the site of the former Fox Valley Country Club.

The concept is for an age-targeted "active adult" subdivision called Lincoln Valley on the Fox, at 2500 N. River Road (Route 25).

The plan was initially presented to the board's development committee Sept. 20, and called for 402 units, on straight streets laid out in a grid. The committee felt that was too many units, and also suggested a more curving street layout.

There would be two- and three-bedroom ranch houses and townhouses, and two-bedroom duplexes. The company estimates sales prices in the $200,000s and $300,000s, depending on the unit size and interior finishes.

As presented, it would require permission to deviate from village regulations on lot size, width and coverage; the depth of the front, rear, side and corner yards; and the width of right of way for roads. It would also need to be rezoned from R-1 residential zoning to R-1, R-2 and R-3, to accommodate the duplexes and townhouses.

D.R. Horton representatives told the development committee the target market is older adults who may still be working but don't want to take care of large yards or do tasks such as shoveling snow. Those jobs would be done by maintenance workers hired by a homeowners association. While legally anybody could live there (unlike an "age-restricted" development), the company believes people with young children would not buy there due to the smaller yards and small amount of storage space.

The City of Aurora owns the 102-acre club, and shut it in the fall of 2015. It is selling the site for $5.3 million to D.R. Horton, contingent on North Aurora approving the development.

The committee of the whole meeting starts after the 7 p.m. village board meeting.

No vote will be taken. Afterward, it will be up to the developer to decide whether to pursue the plan, which would require public hearings.

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