CITY OF ROCHELLE
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
Monday, February 5, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER
II. ROLL CALL
IV. PUBLIC COMMENTARY
V. COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
VI. BUSINESS ITEMS
1. PZC-1-18, Loves Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc. Preliminary and Final Plat of Subdivision
VII. DISCUSSION ITEMS
The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the Rochelle City Hall, 420 N. 6th Street.
Case No.: 01-18
Applicant: Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores Inc.
Address: 100 Steward Road, Rochelle, Illinois 61068
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores is a North American family-owned chain of more than 430 truck stop and convenience stores in 41 states. The company is privately owned and headquartered in The Village, a suburb of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Love’s Travel Stops is currently ranked No. 14 on the Forbes list of America's largest private companies.
Back in December 2017 Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores was approved to re-zone the property to B-2 and entered into an annexation agreement for 17 acres with the City of Rochelle at the corner of 251 South and Steward road south of I-88, construct a travel stop with a convenience store, a Hardees and Chester chicken restaurant attached, passenger fueling, semi-truck fueling, semi-truck parking, and a tire shop. The property is fronting I-88 on the north, route 251 on the west, Steward Road on the south, and 40 acres zoned I-1, of undeveloped property on the east.
Love’s Travel Stops along with City staff developed an annexation agreement with the City of Rochelle that will contain a preliminary and final plat of subdivision, Zoning for B-2 Commercial Highway, City utilities (Water, Sewer, Electric) to the easterly edge of the property, widening along Steward road for a vehicle turn lane, traffic signaling at Route 251 and Steward road, and upgrades to the current lift station to serve adjoining properties as part of the Hub City Development Annexation Agreement in 2010.
City staff and the planning and zoning commission shall review the preliminary and final plat for conformance with the comprehensive plan, the provisions hereof, and all other applicable ordinances. Pursuant to 65 ILCS 5/11-12-8, the planning and zoning commission shall disapprove or recommend approval of the preliminary and final plat within 60 days of the acceptance of the annexation agreement.
Staff feels that since the petitioner has entered into an annexation agreement with the City of Rochelle that meets all the standards provided in the Rochelle Municipal Code, staff has reviewed the preliminary and final plat, land improvements have been proposed, easements have been dedicated, a guarantee for completion of improvements has been met and a development in this area will provide a gateway of growth for the community of Rochelle. The proposed development is not dangerous to public health, will not impair property values in the neighborhood, will not impede normal development of the surrounding properties, will not impair light to adjacent property, congest public streets, or increase the risk of fire. Staff recommends that the planning and zoning commission recommend approval of the preliminary and final plat of subdivision to the City Council. The legal description is attached.