Tolono rezoning request rejected
TOLONO — A request to rezone three lots in the 500 block of North Calhoun Street has been denied.
A vote had been tabled twice last month — first because an application fee had not been paid and then so that the newly elected village board could be seated.
In March, the village's planning commission recommended that the rezoning request be denied, calling it "spot zoning."
Petitioner Kevin Applebee had sought to rezone his lot and two adjacent lots with duplexes from R-2, or single-family residential, to R-3, two-family residential, to allow for a duplex to be built on his property.
Former village Trustee Jim Snodgrass submitted a letter expressing his opposition to the rezoning.
"Having been on the committee when the zoning was updated, I feel this is against what was intended," Snodgrass said.
Snodgrass said Applebee's lot size did not meet the 65-foot width requirement to build a duplex there.
The board voted 3-3 on the matter, with Golish, Ryan Perry and Tom Reese in favor of granting the request and Plackett, Kingston and Ted Myhre opposing it. A supermajority of the board was required to override the planning commission's recommendation.