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East Peoria Times-Courier - East Peoria, IL
  • Council approves equestrian subdivisions

  • EAST PEORIA —
    — In this case, the neighs have it.

    On Tuesday, the East Peoria City Council is expected to approve an amendment to its city code that will allow development of equestrian subdivisions in appropriate locations in the city.
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  • EAST PEORIA — — In this case, the neighs have it. On Tuesday, the East Peoria City Council is expected to approve an amendment to its city code that will allow development of equestrian subdivisions in appropriate locations in the city. “We haven't had a specific proposal for an equestrian subdivision, but we have been approached by some developers about it,” said Ty Livingston, the city's director of planning and community development. “This would allow for developers to move this kind of a project through the process.” The amendment would allow for development of an equestrian subdivision in conservation and residential estate districts on no fewer than 20 acres and must include “facilities used for the housing, boarding, training and/or riding horses or other domesticated equines.” The amendment would allow for the construction of a subdivision with homes with a centralized common area for horse stables and riding and training areas. Currently there is nothing in the city code that would allow for such a project. The equestrian subdivision joins 19 other special uses in the city code in conservation and residential estate districts, including farms, churches, schools, towers and cemeteries. Before any project is allowed in the district it would require Planned Use Development approval of the Zoning Board and the City Council. “Any of these projects would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis,” Livingston said. “And neighbors would have at least four opportunities — two with the Zoning Board and two more with the council — to voice any concern or objection to any proposal.” Also at its Tuesday meeting, the council will vote on an increase in the number of patrolmen on the Police Department, the purchase of $58,000 worth of communication equipment and an amendment to the city code allowing electric security fences in industrial zones.

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