City planner recommends the council approve the requested subdivision on Ninth Street

The Dundee City Council on Tuesday was expected to approve a four-lot subdivision on Southwest Ninth Street, dividing two parcels into four, with each ranging from 9,000 square feet to 14,200 square feet.

The property is owned by Shannon and Matt McCaw and the application went before the city planning commission beginning in the spring. The McCaw's application stated two existing homes will remain on two of the lots, and all four lots are accessible from Southwest Ninth Street. Two lots will share a driveway and one of the lots would retain its existing driveway.

The original application was for a five-lot subdivision, though it was ultimately reduced to four. After reducing the lot sizes, the need for a private street, variances and code adjustments were eliminated for the McCaws. On Aug. 15, the planning commission approved the application.

The application was appealed by on Aug. 30 by Andrew Estroff and Don Lowe, who had participated in public hearings beforehand. According to agenda packet material, the concerns raised in the appeal included vehicular access, public improvements and utilities, storm drainage, driveway concerns and "impartial tribunal" from the vice chairman of the commission for "repeatedly" showing "disdain for the hearing process and objections to the proposed subdivision by the public."

Staff responses to each of the appellant's concerns are included in the packet and refute Estroff's and Lowe's claims. City staff recommended the council uphold the planning commission's findings and approve the subdivision plans as well.

(Editor's note: The council met on Tuesday evening, after this edition of the paper went to press).

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