A meeting of the Village of Riverlea Planning Commission was held September 14, 2020 via Zoom teleconference software. Members present were Bryce Jacob (Planning Commissioner), Bill Charles (Street Commissioner), Sheila Bagley, Janet Brown, Paul Collini, and Rich Skowronski. Also present were Susan Nybell, Kent Shimeall and Lisa Morris, and Hal Lieberman of Fairfax Homes. Joshua C. Mehling served as Clerk. The Planning Commissioner called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

  1. The minutes of the regular Planning Commission meeting of August 10, 2020 were not read since each member had received a copy. Skowronski moved and Brown seconded the motion that the minutes be approved as submitted by the Clerk. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Bagley, Brown, Collini, Jacob, and Skowronski; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 5-0.
  2. An application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by Fairfax Homes to build a new single family home on the currently undeveloped parcel between 121 and 141 Southington. The Street Commissioner announced that the address of this property would be 131 Southington. Hal Lieberman of Fairfax Homes stated that the house would be built in a traditional style and would have 35% lot coverage. The exterior of the house will be Hardi planks painted a Mountain Sage green color with black Jeldwen vinyl windows and black doors. The house will have the garage out front with windows on the side of the garage and in the garage door. There will be a brushed concrete patio in the rear of the house.

Lieberman stated that he had discussed shrubbery along the side of the house along the property line with the neighbors Kent Shimeall and Lisa Morris. He also noted that Paul Unrue, who owns the house on the other side of the property, had requested a tree added outside the planned kitchen window for privacy. Skowronski inquired about the plans for the trees on the property. Lieberman stated that the plan was to retain the tree in front of the house. If this tree needs to be removed, it will be replaced with a 3 inch caliper shade tree.

Lieberman stated that he planned on finishing the plans for the house in 2 weeks with construction beginning shortly after and placing the house on the market in the spring. Neighbor Lisa Morris asked that the construction focus on the control of sediment runoff from the project and Lieberman confirmed that this would be the case. The Street Commissioner suggested that the crews use curb ramps to protect the curbs and that a street bond be required. Lieberman confirmed that he had already paid a street bond to the Clerk Treasurer.

Brown moved to approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for this project as shown in the plans and Skowronski seconded this motion. The following vote was recorded on the motion: Yea: 5, Bagley, Brown, Collini, Jacob, and Skowronski; Nay: None; Abstain: None. The motion carried 5-0. A street bond will be required.

  1. The Planning Commissioner updated the commission as to the status of a planned ordinance to amend the Village code around swimming pools. The Planning Commissioner and Solicitor are working on the language in this ordinance and will bring it to Council for approval once it is completed.

Skowronski moved and Bagley seconded a motion to adjourn. The motion was approved unanimously (5-0). The meeting was adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


Bryce Jacob, Planning Commissioner

Josh Mehling, Clerk