MAHOMET — The Village of Mahomet Plan and Zoning Commission recommends that the village board of trustees approve the final plat of Sangamon Fields First Subdivision, directly south of Country Ridge Subdivison, where work is well underway.

In the past, some village residents have raised concern about the new subdivision, but the final plat approval by the commission, which then sends the issue to the village board, was approved with members Bob Buchanan, Robert DeAtley, Jay Roloff, Damian Spencer and Mike Buzicky present and all voting in favor of the move.

Plan and zoning commission members Steve Briney and Earl Seamands were not present for Tuesday’s meeting.

Sangamon Fields is located on the east side of Illinois 47, north of Copperhill Drive, and along the south side of Country Ridge, which is located on the south side of South Mahomet Road in that portion of the village.

Abby Heckman, village planner, explained Tuesday night that this is the first phase of the Sangamon Fields subdivision planned. It is about 22 acres and will include 43 detached single-family residence lots, 10 attached single-family lots and eight outlots, one of which will contain a detention pond, she noted.

Village records show that the final plat includes a south extension of Orchard Drive, a south extension of Deer Run Drive, a south extension of Finch Drive and two new east-west roads, which are as yet unnamed, in the subdivision. The site is accessible from Country Ridge Drive by way of either Orchard Drive, Deer Run Drive and Finch Drive within the existing Country Ridge Subdivision. All of the proposed lots will have public right-of-way frontage.

Though there will be no direct access to Illinois 47, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has submitted approval for the plat, village documents state.

According to village records, the commission approved general plans for Sangamon Fields on March 6, with the board of trustees voting March 27 to approve a large scale residential development designation for the subdivison.

In early March, as The Citizen reported, some village residents expressed concerns about the project in a public hearing held before the plan and zoning commission. Many commented on traffic safety and the lack of an additional street directly off of Illinois 47 to serve Sangamon Fields.

“Having an entrance to the south would greatly alleviate driving and safety concerns,” Mark Holley, a resident of the Country Ridge subdivision, said at the time.

As The Citizen reported previously, Kelly Strom and other Country Ridge homeowners urged the board of trustees to take careful consideration of their concerns in its further discussions.

“I feel like the village of Mahomet is looking for more property tax money and not looking at the big picture,” Strom said in March. “I feel like this is a big turnout and it speaks volumes,” she added, referring to the large crowd at the village’s public hearing.

Patrick Brown, village administrator, told The Citizen this summer that Country Ridge Drive was planned from the beginning to handle all the future traffic from the subdivisions in that area, including what will be Sangamon Fields.

“This next phase, which is called Sangamon Fields now, was Country Ridge 7; it is the next phase of Country Ridge. The new developers have decided to change the name to Sangamon Fields,” Brown said. “Even previously, under area general plans, there was never planned to be a road (directly accessing Illinois 47) in this next phase. I’m talking about the property that the subdivision takes up.

“Country Ridge Drive had always been overdesigned. Country Ridge Drive is overdesigned for what that street normally would need to be in a subdivision. The reason that it’s overdesigned is because, the easiest way to put it, is it’s basically the middle of a planned subdivision,” he added. “County Ridge subdivision was going all the way to Copper Hill Road — all that whole distance was the original plan for that subdivision.

“All that land up to those houses that are on that Copper Hill Road, all the land up to that was Country Ridge subdivision, and that was the original plan when the concept was started. And Country Ridge Drive is in the middle, and that’s why it’s oversized,” he said.

Brown noted it is up to IDOT whether to have an additional access street to new subdivisions on Illinois 47. IDOT is the agency that would have to approve such access; that is out of the hands of the village or developers, Brown said.