225 Longcommon Road

A controversial proposal to subdivide a landmarked residential property in Riverside has been shelved, officials confirmed on Nov. 6.

Both Village President Ben Sells and Village Manager Jessica Frances confirmed that Daniel Jisa had withdrawn his application to subdivide the property at 225 Longcommon Road.

That action means that Jisa can’t reapply for a subdivision for at least the next four months. By that time Riverside officials hope to resolve any ambiguities in the village code regarding the subdivision of original, large parcels.

“I think it’s over,” Sells said.

Last summer Jisa had approached the village to request that he be allowed to subdivide his property in order to create an additional buildable lot north of his grand Victorian home at the corner of Longcommon and Shenstone roads.

The plat of subdivision submitted by Jisa stated his property was 32,550 square feet and that he wanted to subdivide it into two parcels, one covering 21,017 square feet and the other covering 11,533 square feet.

At a hearing of the Riverside Plan Commission in August, commissioners voted against recommending the subdivision based on language in the code that references protecting “to the maximum degree possible, historic sites, scenic points, desirable natural areas and other environmentally sensitive features worthy of preservation.”

However, that language is somewhat ambiguous, while the zoning code itself appears to allow the type of subdivision Jisa proposed.

In response, the village board in early September imposed a six-month moratorium on subdivision applications.

However, Jisa’s application was not affected by the moratorium and it was slated to move to the village board for a final vote.

But the Riverside Township assessor put the brakes on that when she noted a discrepancy between Cook County’s records regarding the property and the information contained in Jisa’s subdivision application.

Township Assessor Fran Sitkiewicz noted that Cook County’s information showed Jisa’s property at 28,566 square feet, suggesting that Jisa’s plat of survey may have included village-owned property as belonging to the residential parcel.

The village responded to that information by asking Jisa’s surveying firm to confirm their measurements.

“We requested additional documents due to the disparity with the information the assessor had in relation to what his plat said,” Frances said. “We requested more detail from him.”

However, the additional information was never submitted, and last week Jisa emailed the village to state he was withdrawing the application, Frances said.

The property at 225 Longcommon Road remains for sale with an asking price of $1.6 million.