Aurora planners study Walden housing, architecture, code updates

The area within the yellow line is where Walden Co. Ltd. plans to build six single-family condominiums around a street called Equestra Court.

AURORA – The city’s planning commission Aug. 5 accepted for study plans for new housing units in Walden at Tinkers Creek, the architectural styles for homes in the Trentstone Glens subdivision and two additions at the Atrium at Anna Maria, plus updates to the zoning code.

Walden Co. Ltd. submitted a plat for six single-family condominiums on 9.89 acres south of Equestra South and west of Tinkers Creek Road. The parcel is zoned PD (planned development), and is bordered by homes to the north and east and vacant land to the south and west.

The six units would be built around a short, private cul de sac street called Equestra Court, with access off Tinkers Creek Road.

The planning staff noted before approval of the site plan, a wetlands delineation and Army Corps of Engineers permit are required, along with a tree clearing plan, maintenance and inspection agreement and development plan.

The Trentstone architecture portfolio is for Phase I of the subdivision on the north side of Aurora Lake Road, west of the Cherry Park condos. Plans are to build 18 single-family condominiums on six acres in Phase I, with future development on an adjacent parcel.

The subdivision planned by Trentstone Holdings is north of Hawthorn of Aurora and south of the Anna Maria senior center housing complex, and there is vacant land to the west. The planning panel is still studying a site plan.

The architectural review board has reviewed the portfolio, and said the proposed homes are “striking in a good way.” The panel added the chimneys set the homes apart and are very different from what it has seen from big-box builders.

Trentstone Holdings also is proposing the additions at the Atrium of Anna Maria – 20 new senior housing units measuring 12,852 square feet and eight new beds for memory care residents measuring 2,271 square feet.

The senior housing units would be added to the north end of the building and the memory care beds would be added to the south end. The planning staff said all the proposed construction is designed to continue the same architectural theme as the existing building.

Meanwhile, one zoning code change would be to the definition of a multi-family dwelling. It would be defined as “a building arranged, intended for and designed to contain three or more dwelling units, but which is similar in outline and design to a single-family or two-family dwelling.”

Another change adds the following language: “Multi-family dwellings shall be designed in a manner to assure compatibility with existing residential neighborhoods.”

Other proposed revisions include: (1) Potential traffic impacts from new developments will be scrutinized as part of the approval process. (2) The entrance to at least one dwelling unit shall face the street. (3) Each unit within a structure shall have its own front entryway directly to the outside. (4) For buildings containing two or more units, a minimum of two cars per unit shall be housed in an attached garage to each unit, with a minimum of 440 square feet per unit.

New code provisions to regulate “energy generating devices” – particularly solar energy systems – have been drafted, and a permit fee for those systems has been set at $100. The chapter outlines general standards, locations, uses and penalties. Any property owner found in violation of the provisions is subject to a $1,000 fine.

In one final item, the panel removed from its pending agenda a final plat for Sturbridge Place at 1060-1120 S. Chillicothe Road.

It was to be a residential conservation development, but Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska said if the developer wants to submit a new site plan, the RCD designation would no longer be valid since the city has eliminated that type of development.

The planning commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 19.

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This is one of the styles to be offered for condominiums at the proposed Trentstone Glens on Aurora Lake Road.