New ICN location passes Naperville planning and zoning

With nearly 10 months of discussion and over 500 public comments considered, the Naperville Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend approval of the Naperville Islamic Center project 248e Location of the avenue.

ICN location maps

The plan includes a mosque, school, multi-purpose hall and gymnasium that will be built in a five-phase process over 40 years. The end product would be a 121,000 square foot facility at 3540 248e Avenue, nestled between the Penncross Knoll and Tall Grass neighborhoods.

The recommendation only came after the commission negotiated a number of terms for the center, based on a series of concerns raised in previous discussions.

“I’ve taken notes on all of these conditions over the past nine months, and somehow the staff managed to get them out of my head without us even talking about them and condensing them into twelve points, “said Planning and Zoning Commissioner Bruce Hanson.

Negotiations

These included a provisional left turn lane on the 248e Avenue, limits of 457 people in worship space until phase four to ensure sufficient on-site parking, administrative review and approval of parking request before construction of phases two to four, construction limit at- beyond phase two until after a proposal of 248e The Avenue road extension is complete, a fire department safety review for each phase, a ban on external speaker systems or amplifiers on the property, and other traffic, safety and d city ​​review.

Construction on 248e The avenue is expected to begin in 2024 if approved, according to city traffic engineer Andy Hynes.

Lawyer Len Monson, speaking on behalf of ICN, agreed to 11 of the conditions and negotiated an agreement on a final condition regarding traffic management during peak hours.

Monson agreed to have traffic and pedestrian control for all major events, use of schools and necessary services before the proposed 248e Extension of the avenue. But he negotiated that even if traffic control were to remain, pedestrian control would not be necessary after the expansion.

“Sir. Shapiro indicated that the conditions are a sign of weakness, indicating that this project should not proceed due to the conditions. I think it is quite the opposite. I think the conditions were the result of a almost excessive scrutiny of our project, ”said Monson.

Monson also requested a zoning exemption that would have removed the need for a fence on the north side of the property. The committee voted unanimously against the request.

Next steps

Now that PZC has recommended the plan, it will move on to city council, which will make the final decision on whether construction can begin.

Reports from Casey Flanagan of Naperville News 17.

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