A new gas station was given approval at Tuesday night's Yorkville City Council meeting and officials also discussed a rather quick turnaround that the city will have to adhere to in order to make a decision whether or not to allow adult use cannabis sales.
Yorkville aldermen voted in favor of a special use permit, sign variance and subdivision plat for Gas N Wash. The gas station, car wash and convenience store will be constructed at the intersection of Rt. 47 and Waterpark Way. The only dissenting vote was cast by alderman Chris Funkhouser on a sign variance.
Yorkville Economic Development Consultant Lynn Dubajic has said developers have a five-plus acre parcel under contract and that they would like to begin construction this fall, and be open in the spring of 2020.
Developers withdrew their application for a Gas N Wash site on Route 34 and Sycamore Rd., due to title issues before proposing on the current site near Raging Waves Waterpark. There were additionally concerns from the public brought forth at that location but not on Route 47.
Meanwhile, Yorkville Mayor John Purcell spoke about cannabis sales and says after further investigation, the city will likely need a planned ordinance in place by December.
Mayor Purcell said the recommendation from the city attorney and city staff is to send the zoning for businesses through the special use permit process.
Two weeks ago, most aldermen in a straw poll to continue discussions, spoke in favor of allowing sales in some form, while one was against and a couple wanted more information.
Additionally, Mayor Purcell mentioned that weather permitting, resurfacing of Mill Rd. should be completed by the end of this month.
The roadway has long been discussed by elected officials and residents as being pot-hole ridden. The resurfacing is a temporary fix while the city and Kendall County discuss long term possibilities for a potential re-alignment of Mill Rd. and/or traffic signal or roundabout possibilities in the Mill Rd., Kennedy Rd. and Galena Rd. corridor.