Palatine approves new subdivision after developer responds to drainage concerns

 
 
Updated 11/6/2018 6:05 PM
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  • KF Walter Homes Inc. of Palatine received Palatine village council approval Monday night to construct four single-family homes on this site the 800 block of Hillside Street, southwest of Quentin and Palatine roads.

      KF Walter Homes Inc. of Palatine received Palatine village council approval Monday night to construct four single-family homes on this site the 800 block of Hillside Street, southwest of Quentin and Palatine roads. Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

  • KF Walter Homes Inc. received Palatine village council approval Monday night to construct four single-family homes on the 800 block of Hillside Street, southwest of Quentin and Palatine roads. Gregory Rose Jr., owner and president of KF Walter, spoke to the council before the vote.

      KF Walter Homes Inc. received Palatine village council approval Monday night to construct four single-family homes on the 800 block of Hillside Street, southwest of Quentin and Palatine roads. Gregory Rose Jr., owner and president of KF Walter, spoke to the council before the vote. Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

A developer has gained approval for a four-home subdivision after addressing Palatine village council concerns about the potential for stormwater drainage problems in the neighborhood.

KF Walter Homes Inc. of Palatine will build the four houses on the 800 block of Hillside Street, southwest of Quentin and Palatine roads. The homes will be 2,900 to 3,200 square feet on two residential lots totaling roughly 1 acre.

Village council members entertained the proposal for the third time Monday night before approving the new subdivision.

Gregory Rose Jr., owner and president of KF Walter, agreed to make revisions to the company's original plan, including installation of a pipe to direct water from its property to a storm sewer. KF Walter also will have a sanitary sewer line extended to its land from Hillside Street and Quentin Road.

Village council members voted 4-2 in favor of the project. Councilmen Brad Helms and Tim Millar continued to question whether the new houses would worsen stormwater drainage in the area before voting against the plan.

"We're just taking more water and putting it in there," Helms said. "I'm not against development. I'd just prefer to see some more compensatory (water) storage on here."

Engineer Tim Spies, who worked on the project for KF Walter, said the water runoff rate will be reduced enough from the property to not cause problems. Drainage ditches will be widened from the initial proposal as part of the effort, he said.

Councilmen delayed a decision on the KF Walter plan the first time Sept. 10 after directing the developer to conduct more review in the wake of resident concerns about how stormwater would be handled at the four-home subdivision. KF Walter was directed to make further adjustments last month.

In August, the advisory plan commission endorsed the four houses, but the members also suggested that KF Walter's stormwater engineering should be revised.

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