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Village of Lincolnshire Committee of the Whole met January 27

By Michael Abella | Feb 19, 2020

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Village of Lincolnshire Committee of the Whole met Jan. 27.

Here is the minutes provided by the committee:

Present:

Mayor Brandt

Trustee Hancock

Trustee Leider

Trustee Raizin

Village Attorney Simon

Chief of Police Leonas

Public Works Director Woodbury

Commander Watson

Trustee Grujanac

Trustee Harms Muth

Trustee Pantelis

Village Clerk Mastandrea

Village Manager Burke

Treasurer/Finance Director Peterson 

Assistant Village Manager/Community & Economic Development Director Gilbertson

1.0 ROLL CALL

Mayor Brandt called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m., and Village Clerk Mastandrea called the Roll.

2.0 ITEMS OF GENERAL BUSINESS

2.1 Planning, Zoning and Land Use

2.11 Preliminary Evaluation of Text Amendments to Title 4 (Health & Sanitation), Chapter 1 (Nuisances); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 3 (General Zoning Regulations); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 6-6B (B2 General Business); Title 11 (Misdemeanors), Chapter 13 (Animals); and Title 13 (Tree Preservation & Landscaping), Chapter 2 (Landscaping) of the Lincolnshire Village Code (Village of Lincolnshire)

Assistant Village Manager/Community & Economic Development (CED) Director Gilbertson provided a summary and presentation of a preliminary evaluation of proposed text Amendments to Title 4 (Health & Sanitation), Chapter 1 (Nuisances); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 3 (General Zoning Regulations); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 6-6B (B2 General Business); Title 11 (Misdemeanors), Chapter 13 (Animals); and Title 13 (Tree Preservation & Landscaping), Chapter 2 (Landscaping).

Assistant Village Manager/CED Director Gilbertson provided background into backyard chickens and beekeeping, seasonal structures, native landscaping/artificial turf. Assistant Village Manage/CED Director Gilbertson noted the Marriott Resort has bee hives which code does not currently permit. For the Marriott to continue this use, a text amendment would be required as would an amendment to Marriott’s special use permit. Staff is looking for direction from the Board regarding this text amendment.

Trustee Pantelis asked why the Village would not want to allow beehives on residential property. Assistant Village Manager/CED Director Gilbertson stated it was a policy decision and some advocates would say it promotes local food or food sustainability, while others may say it forces competition for resources between non-native honey bees and wild bees.

Trustee Hancock asked if anyone else has requested to have bees. Assistant Village Manager/CED Director Gilbertson stated there has been no inquiries from residents to date, but he did receive an email from a non-resident asking if the Village had regulations on bees. Village Manager Burke stated he has received a few inquiries regarding residential beekeeping over the years he has been with the Village.

Trustee Leider stated he would be in favor of a large parcel having bees, but expressed his opinion this is not a use appropriate for a small residential parcel. Acreage of residential zoning was discussed.

Mayor Brandt asked the Board if they were in favor of an amendment to the Marriott’s special use permit to allow for the bees to remain. All Trustees were in favor of this approach.

Mayor Brandt stated chickens may be a different issue since they may attract coyotes.

Ms. Jodi Dirks, resident of 35 Kings Cross Drive stated she has four chickens currently on her property. She noted the chickens are all hens. She stated she has not heard any complaints from neighbors regarding the animals. Ms. Dirks stated the chickens are good harvesters, and provide a good educational opportunity for her children. Ms. Dirks noted they got the chickens through Sprague School. Ms. Dirks invited the Board to come view the conditions of the coop.

Trustee Raizin asked how big the coop is. Ms. Dirks stated she has a coop and a run area; the coop is approximately 3’ X 9’, the run is 4’ X 8’. The coop/run is in the back of the property and not by anyone else’s property. Ms. Dirks stated she also has two small dogs and has put up other preventative measures so other wildlife is deterred from entering her yard.

Ms. Emery Etzel, resident of 23701 N. Elm Road stated they have six chickens. Ms. Etzel stated her 12 year old brother loves the chickens and believes this is an opportunity for youth to learn.

Trustee Raizin stated her opinion is that it would be beneficial to have some regulations regarding the chickens. Trustee Harms Muth was in agreement with Trustee Raizin and noted it would not be her preference to have chickens in residential areas of the Village.

Trustee Leider stated if there has been no requests for bees in residential areas, he did not think it should be allowed.

Trustees Leider and Pantelis suggested staff research and report back to the Board with proposed regulations. A conversation regarding possible regulation options followed.

It was the consensus of the Board to move forward with the text amendment and a corresponding amendment to Marriott’s special use permit to allow bees at the Marriot and have staff provide more information to the Board regarding regulations for chickens.

Mayor Brandt moved up Item 2.51 on the Agenda and noted Assistant Village Manager/CED Director Gilbertson could finish the presentation regarding item 2.11 after.

2.5 Parks and Recreation

2.51 Consideration and Discussion of a Request by Lincolnshire Sports Association (LSA) to Use North Park for Sponsorship by Audi Exchange of Highland Park, IL for 2020 Summer Slam Baseball Tournament (Lincolnshire Sports Association)

Public Works Director Woodbury provided a summary of a request by Lincolnshire Sports Association (LSA) to use North Park for sponsorship by Audi Exchange of Highland Park, IL for 2020 Summer Slam Baseball Tournament. Public Works Director Woodbury noted in exchange for a vehicle sponsorship opportunity, Audi Exchange would donate $7,500 to the tournament. The funding would be utilized as follows:

• 40% - dedicated to “Smash SMARD” to benefit 3-year-old Lincolnshire resident Nash Stineman. SMARD is an acronym for “Spinal Muscle Atrophy with Respiratory Distress”.

• 40% - dedicated to the Riverside Foundation, a Lincolnshire organization providing residential support and development for adults with intellectual and development disabilities.

• 20% - dedicated to LSA travel baseball.

Mr. Zach Fell provided additional information regarding the vehicle

sponsorships proposed.

Village Attorney Simon asked for Board direction on the code which states people are not allowed to engage in commercial activity or in support of commercial activity at north park, should be interpreted in the future.

A conversation regarding how the code is interpreted followed.

Mayor Brandt and Trustee Leider recommended amending the code.

It was the consensus of the Board to revise the code for better clarity, and place this item on the Agenda for discussion and possible approval at a future Regular Village Board Meeting.

2.1 Planning, Zoning and Land Use – (Continued)

2.11 Preliminary Evaluation of Text Amendments to Title 4 (Health & Sanitation), Chapter 1 (Nuisances); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 3 (General Zoning Regulations); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 6-6B (B2 General Business); Title 11 (Misdemeanors), Chapter 13 (Animals); and Title 13 (Tree Preservation & Landscaping), Chapter 2 (Landscaping) of the Lincolnshire Village Code (Village of Lincolnshire)

Assistant Village Manager/CED Director Gilbertson continued the presentation regarding Preliminary Evaluation of Text Amendments to Title 4 (Health & Sanitation), Chapter 1 (Nuisances); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 3 (General Zoning Regulations); Title 6 (Zoning), Chapter 6- 6B (B2 General Business); Title 11 (Misdemeanors), Chapter 13 (Animals); and Title 13 (Tree Preservation & Landscaping), Chapter 2 (Landscaping) of the Lincolnshire Village Code.

Assistant Village Manager/CED Director Gilbertson noted the goal of staff is to regulate hoop houses or prevent them from going on properties while encouraging green houses with specific regulations. Assistant Village Manager/CED Director stated currently there are no hoop houses, staff is trying to be proactive by raising these questions to the Village Board.

It was a consensus of the Board to pursue a text amendment to regulate hoop houses and clarify regulations on green houses.

Assistant Village Manager/CED Director Gilbertson concluded the presentation with information related to native landscaping and artificial turf.

Staff seeks the Board’s feedback and direction regarding the potential urban agriculture, artificial turf, and native landscaping code revisions. At a high level, staff recommends amending the village code in appropriate sections to better regulate the location of natural landscaping and artificial turf installation.

Trustee Raizin asked why staff recommended capping artificial turf at 10% of rear yard square footage. Assistant Village Manager/CED Gilbertson stated staff came up with an arbitrary number since they did not believe surrounding neighbors would look favorably on all turf. Trustee Raizin noted she did not know if this percentage would be reasonable.

It was the consensus of the Board to have staff provide additional information and report back to the Board.

2.2 Finance and Administration

2.21 Consideration of Proposed Amendment to the Village of Lincolnshire Personnel Policies pertaining to Sexual Harassment (Village of Lincolnshire)

Village Manager Burke provided a summary of the proposed amendment to the Village of Lincolnshire Personnel Policies pertaining to Sexual Harassment from the Board as mandated by the state.

It was the consensus of the Board to place this item on the Consent Agenda for approval at the next Regular Village Board Meeting.

2.3 Public Works

2.4 Public Safety

2.5 Parks and Recreation

2.51 Consideration and Discussion of a Request by Lincolnshire Sports Association (LSA) to Use North Park for Sponsorship by Audi Exchange of Highland Park, IL for 2020 Summer Slam Baseball Tournament (Lincolnshire Sports Association)

Item 2.51 was moved up on the agenda. 2.6 Judiciary and Personnel

3.0 UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.0 NEW BUSINESS

4.1 LED Lights

Mayor Brandt stated she received a few emails regarding high intensity/bright LED Lights on Portshire that she sent to staff. Staff reached out to the homeowner and will be working on resolving this issue.

4.2 Residential Field Lighting

Mayor Brandt noted there are two properties in Lincolnshire that have large turf fields with large lights. Mayor Brandt asked the Board if they would want to regulate the height of these lights.

Village Attorney Simon stated Deerfield put similar regulations in place last summer.

It was the consensus of the Board for staff to look in to proposing regulations for residential field lighting.

5.0 EXECUTIVE SESSION 6.0 ADJOURNMENT

Trustee Harms Muth moved and Trustee Leider seconded the motion to adjourn. Upon a voice vote, the motion was approved unanimously and Mayor Brandt declared the meeting adjourned at 8:08 p.m.

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