TOLONO — A proposed rezoning of three lots in the 500 block of North Calhoun Street was denied Tuesday, but that may not be the end of the story.
After a lengthy discussion on the subject, Trustee Mike Golish asked that the vote be tabled until the village board's next meeting, on April 2.
"I'm on the fence," Golish said. "I want to do some research."
At a meeting held immediately before the village board meeting, the plan commission voted to recommend denying the rezoning request.
The six-member village board voted 3-3 on the motion, and because the village president was not present to break the tie, Village Attorney Paul Hendren said the vote was essentially tabled by default unless a trustee made a motion to vote on the plan commission's recommendation. With three trustees voting to override the recommendation and two voting to accept it, Golish chose to leave the room and therefore recuse himself from the vote so that his abstention would not count with the majority vote. Because four votes were needed to override the recommended denial, the 3-2 vote meant that the rezoning request was denied.
Last year, Kevin Applebee requested to rezone a lot at 508 N. Calhoun from R-2, or single-family residential, to R-3, two-family residential, to allow for the construction of a duplex. While the entire block is zoned R-2, there are duplexes on either side of the lot.
The village board eventually denied the request. The latest request was to rezone all the three lots in question as a group.
Commission Chairman Frank Norton said that the lot at 508 N. Calhoun is 120 feet deep and therefore does not meet a width requirement of 130 feet.
"Rezoning anything less than a block is going to be spot zoning," Norton said. "The increase in (population) density is significant and would have a deleterious effect."
Norton said building a duplex on the lot could "seriously devalue" nearby residential property.
"The precedent it might set would be very bad policy for the Village of Tolono," Norton said.