At its Aug. 27 meeting, the O’Fallon City Council green-lighted construction of Sommerlin, a subdivision with 80 single-family homes on Sommers Road, north of Route DD and just south of Fox Wood Drive. The tract of land includes properties at 2551, 2553 and 2557 Sommers Road.
Bill No. 7217 to approve the petition for voluntary annexation of the land was passed by a vote of 10-0. Bill No. 7213 to approve the rezoning of the land to R-1/Single-Family Residential District Planned Unit Development (PUD) was passed by a vote of 10-0. Rezoning to a PUD allows smaller lot sizes. Both bills were sponsored by Ward 3 council members Dale Kling and Nathan Bibb.
Prior to passage, Bibb had moved and the council agreed to amend the area plan to specify four items the builder had agreed to do, including an extended sidewalk, a mulch berm, traffic calming measures, and a fence along the side of the development that abuts Fox Wood Drive. The latter will block children from cutting through yards and crossing the street in a dangerous area.
McKelvey Homes will be the builder. The three properties each currently contain single-family homes, all of which will be removed. The properties total 24.557 acres and will be combined to create the subdivision. In addition to the single-family homes, the development will have 4.16 acres of rights-of-way, 5.6 acres of common ground amenities, and 0.73 acres of common ground. Lot sizes will vary from 6,121 square feet to 9,655 square feet.
Amenities will include walking trails, a gazebo, a pocket park and a stocked detention lake. A 20-foot perimeter buffer will be built to surround the subdivision.
The target buyers are young families and older residents looking to down-size their homes.