A request for a waiver of part of city ordinance connected to the development of the new Casey’s General Store at Seminary Street and Carl Sandburg Drive has been denied.
The Galesburg Planning and Zoning Commission last night voted against the request waiving requirements regarding a right-of-way the development has to have. The width of the current Right of Way along Carl Sandburg Drive is 66 feet, but city ordinance requires 80 feet.
Galesburg Community Development Director Roy Parkin tells WGIL keeping a right of way at the proper distance is typically crucial.
“That’s the distance of property that’s owned by the City where utilities go, and where the street surface goes, and the sidewalk goes,” says Parkin.
Parkin says assuming the Casey’s is successful, and assuming more development happens in that area, having the right of way the way it should be, can eliminate problems later on.
“If we don’t pick it up now free of charge and later on Wayne [Carl] wants to do a project over there and he needs right of way, he has to go to each separate property owner,” says Parkin. “So now all of a sudden you’ve got 10, 15 lots or whatever and he’s going to have to negotiate with each one and he’s going to have to pay for that.”
An engineer working with the development says the recommended denial of the waiver is something that probably won’t derail the project.
The Galesburg City Council will take up a number of items related to the development Monday night.