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9.07.2010 - Village of Deerfield

9.07.2010 - Village of Deerfield

Restriping and

Restriping and Landscaping of Village Owned Parking Lots Public Hearing August 12, 2010 Page 4 provides an escape for vehicles if all the parking spaces are occupied. Chairman Swartz pointed out that the cut-through provides another opportunity for drivers to go the wrong way down a one-way aisle. Mr. Doron said a sign could be added indicating the proper turning movements. Mr. Doron said the angled parking plan will require additional signage to direct drivers and inform them of the one-way flow. Commissioner Berg asked Mr. Doron if he believes the large trucks will be a problem as they will have to make their turning movements across lanes of traffic. Mr. Doron said at off-peak hours the truck movements will not be a problem, but during rush hour they will be a problem. Chairman Swartz believes it is not a good idea to encourage or allow trucks that large to access the lot. Mr. Doron said the best way to control the size of trucks is by weight. He said the alternative would be to allow the large trucks to load on Waukegan Road during certain hours such as 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and this can be controlled through signage. Chairman Swartz noted that Option C can accommodate trucks. He said that if the Village allows designated loading hours on Waukegan Road and it does not work well, then the Village can require the large trucks to load in the parking lot, with the knowledge that the lot is designed to accommodate them. Mr. Doron observed that the only adjustment the Plan Commission has to the plans is to move the bike rack to the west. Commissioner Shayman noted that if the large trucks are prohibited the parking lot, moving the bike rack is no longer an issue. The Commissioners agreed. Chairman Swartz then opened up the hearing for public comment on the parking lot restriping options. Ms. Joy Fiorini, owner of the commercial properties at 810-816 Waukegan Road, said she prefers parking lot restriping Option C. She would like to see the maximum amount of parking spaces available and she noted that spaces are lost in the winter with snow piling. Mr. Phil Rosborough, President, Rosborough Partners, Inc., 342 N. 4th Street, Suite 104, Libertyville, presented the landscape buffer options. He initially created two plans and a third plan was created based on the VCDC’s comments from their August 4 th meeting. He said that the existing landscape buffer consists of burning bush and 6 purple ash trees. There is a large oak tree and two large honey locust trees. He said the current burning bush hedge is about 4 feet tall and vehicles are in the range of about 4.5 to 6.5 feet tall. Mr. Rosborough said the new landscape buffer will be about 19.3 feet in depth. The initial two schemes he created include removing all the burning bush and purple ash trees, and keeping the oak and the honey locust trees. He said landscape Option 1 is a naturalized screening. It features layers of plants, shade trees, ornamental trees, a mix

Restriping and Landscaping of Village Owned Parking Lots Public Hearing August 12, 2010 Page 5 of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, ornamental grasses and perennials. In Option 1 there is an equal distribution of plants facing the north and south sides of the buffer. There would be subtle mounding to add shape. The most similar area in Deerfield to Option 1 is the planting area in front of First Midwest Bank. Mr. Rosborough presented Option 2, which is a linear evergreen hedgerow. The hedgerow will act as an architectural wall. This plan will have some shade trees and there will be layers of perennials and ornamental grasses on both the north and south sides of the buffer. The evergreens will be installed at 4 feet tall and they will be allowed to grow to together to form a continuous row. Chairman Swartz asked if Option 1 or 2 includes planters. Mr. Rosborough said neither option includes planters; all plants will be planted at grade level with some subtle mounding in Option 1. Commissioner Wasserman asked why the ash trees must be removed. Mr. Rosborough said they initially planned to remove all the ash trees, but they will now try to save them. The ash trees are at the edge of the sidewalk and some bricks in the sidewalk may have to be moved in order to transplant them. He said the trees are healthy and in good shape. Mr. Rosborough presented Option 3, which is based on the VCDC’s discussion. The VCDC wanted the ash trees to be saved and they liked Option 2, but wanted a berm so the plants would be elevated. Option 3 simplifies Option 2. It will be a hedgerow in a straight line with the ash trees for shade. The interest will be along Deerfield Road facing south, and facing north will be a simple design with some perennials and turf grass. The berm will be 18 inches in height and the hedgerow will be 4 feet tall, so the total installed height will be 66 inches. Pedestrian access paths will punch through the berm. The soil will be held back from the paths by small dry stacked stone walls. Chairman Swartz asked how continuous the landscape screening is for Options 2 and 3. He believes it is important that the parking lot not be completely screened, so that people know it is there. He is not in favor of installing a sign directing people to the parking lot; he believes it would be better if people can see the lot in order to find it. He believes Option 1 will allow drivers to see the parking lot. Mr. Rosborough said that drivers passing on Deerfield Road will view the lot on an angle. For Option 2, passing drivers will see a continuous hedgerow up to 4 feet from the ground and the roofs of parked vehicles will be visible. He explained that the current screening for the parking lot is 4 feet high and currently drivers see a solid hedgerow when passing by the lot. He said that for Option 1, the thickness of the layers of landscape screening can be adjusted to the meet the Village’s preferences. Chairman Swartz said the midpoint pricing for Option 1 is about $73,000 and for Option 2 is about $91,000. He asked about the pricing for Option 3. Mr. Rosborough said the costs for Option 3 are reduced about 15 percent from Option 2, making it similar to the price of Option 1.

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