The Plainfield Plan Commission has set a public hearing on a petition by the Andy Mohr Ford dealership for an expansion and facade upgrade.
“Andy Mohr bought the property that used to be Golf Headquarters,” said Joe James, planning director for the Town of Plainfield. “The development plan is to convert it and include it in part of his dealership.”
The property is at 2733 E. Main St., Plainfield. The petition is requesting a development plan architectural and site design review approval for a facade update and parking lot expansion within 600 feet of a gateway corridor.
“The project will create 600 more parking spaces and add space to park some of the inventory of his truck fleet,” James said. “He’s converting the covered structures on the driving range into wash bays to service the inventory. He’s going to convert the building into offices.”
A copy of the petition an all plans pertaining to it are on file and available for examination prior to the public hearing at the Plainfield Municipal Building in the Department of Planning and Zoning. Written comments in support of or in opposition of the petition may also be filed with the secretary of the Plainfield Plan Commission prior to the meeting.
Plainfield resident Cheryl Phillips lives on Clover Drive and her backyard backs up to the parcel of land. She said her understanding is that the dealership will be adding a truck wash on the parking lot expansion.
“My backyard is 30 feet from where they’ll be washing semi trucks,” Phillips said. “I think they should have to put a fence up to protect us from theft.”
James said the representatives from Andy Mohr said there would not be many members of the public walking back close to the property line to look at the fleet trucks.
“He said the inventory would more likely be brought from back there to other locations to be seen by the public,” he said.
James said the property is zoned general commercial and that auto sales is an accepted use in that zoning.
“It is a change of use and adding parking is like a new development, so it had to come before the plan commission,” he said. “When you have a general commercial zoning, you’re required to have a 20-foot buffer yard which includes a level four perimeter landscaping.”
An example of level four landscaping is six-foot tall evergreen trees every 100 feet, James said.
“When this project was discussed in committee, we stated that a privacy fence might be warranted,” he said.
Phillips is also concerned about the amount of traffic in the area.
“The speed limit is 25 miles per hour on Clover Drive,” Phillips said. “When people drive through here doing a test drive, they’re not going 25. I can tell you that.”
The public hearing before the Plainfield Plan Commission has been set for 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Plainfield Municipal Building. There is a possibility that the hearing will be continued until the Nov. 5 Plan Commission meeting.