By Marney Simon | Enterprise Staff
As the village gets set for groundbreaking at the new PACE park and ride facility, village trustees continue to get all the paperwork in order to make the process run smoothly.
On Nov. 6, the village board approved the rezoning of approximately 10 acres of the 62.7-acre site that sits between the DuPage River and Van Dyke Road.
The plan divides the total lot into four separate lots. The original plat had the entire area designated with a “place holder” zoning of residential.
The change will mark lot one as an I-1 district, office, research, and light industrial.
“The requested rezoning at this time is just for the PACE park and ride lot itself, not for the balance of the property,” said Director of Planning Jonathan Proulx. “Everything to the south [of the PACE lot] is all kind of a blank canvas, we see that as all being subdivided in the future.”
Per the staff report, the proposed rezoning is consistent with the village comprehensive plan and the goal of the transportation plan. Those combined plans aim to enhance access to public transportation, serve lower income residents of the community, and reduce reliance upon automobile transportation. The PACE lot will also have an outlot for a stormwater detention and management facility.
The site is currently vacant farmland.
The site was originally zoned low density residential by default.
Village staff noted in the report that the existing surrounding industrial and utility land use could potentially bring concerns over noise, air pollution, water quality, freight traffic, or other environmental issues if a low density single family residential development plan was drafted.
Staff concluded the site is not suitable for such a residential development.
The PACE facility will serve buses running between Plainfield and downtown Chicago.
Both the park and ride facility and the surrounding future development will improve accessibility of public transportation in Plainfield. The village hopes that expanding parking spaces and adding passenger facility attractiveness of public transit could significantly increase in the area.
The potential increment of ridership could possibly encourage PACE to improve bus schedules and routing to Plainfield in the future.
The village is constructing the new PACE site, with PACE reimbursing the village for the anticipated $5 million price tag.
The PACE park and ride facility will hold 600 parking spaces, as well as a depot with restrooms. The village has been seeking developers for a public-private partnership to develop the remaining land, which may include a new PEMA facility as well as other retail and/or commercial development.
The PACE facility is expected to open in 2018.