Equestrian subdivision in East Peoria's future

By Beau Ebenezer

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 10:12 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Residents may soon see new communities develop on the outskirts of the city of East Peoria.

City council members voted Tuesday night in favor of allowing land developments for equestrian subdivisions.

The developments are targeted for the rural parts of the city.

While there is no set design yet, city officials say the basic requirement is for the land to be at least 20 acres. In addition, only one or two horses would be allowed per home within the subdivision.

"This is a popular concept as far as equestrian subdivisions," said East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus. "They have worked throughout the nation, and we find it's a higher end home that is built. It really provides the resource that will help us expand the city in a different direction."

No official areas have been designated as of yet.

However, officials say areas like Bloomington Road heading towards Morton and parts of Farmdale Road are possible sites for development.

"It's another opportunity for us to attract other residents and for the residents that we have here," said East Peoria Director of Planning and Community Development Ty Livingston. "If they want to try something like this, we can say, don't leave the city. You can try to do this here."

Before any project will be officially allowed in the city, it must receive Planned Use Development approval by the Zoning Board and City Council.

Neighboring residents will then have several opportunities to voice their concerns or objections to any proposals.

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