Planning & Zoning

Process Rezonings, Variations, Subdivisions, Planned Unit Developments (Pud), & Text Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance

The petitions require research and analysis of the request versus the impact of approval of the proposed change. Our department coordinates the plan review and comments from other departments and commissions on planning and zoning petitions (Public Works, Inspectional Services, Fire and Police).

Text amendments can be initiated either by the Village Board, the Development Commission or staff. Amendments require research and analysis of codes of the surrounding municipalities to ensure our requirements are complementary with our neighbors. Recently, we adopted several amendments to the Zoning Code in order to align with current development trends and to advance the Comprehensive Plan.

Guide Applicants Through the Entitlement Process/Review New Development

Guide applicants through the Development Review process if the development requires zoning relief for rezoning, variation, special use, subdivision, or Planned Unit Development. If no zoning relief is required, then building permits for all work proposed are reviewed and approved for code compliance. Hold meetings with the applicant and coordinate meetings with the Development Review Committee consisting of staff from every reviewing department.

  1. Process Improvements
  2. Long & Short Range Planning
  3. Zoning Code Administration
  4. Development Commission Staff Liaison

Concept Plan Review

The Village offers a Concept Plan Review process, which allows the applicant an opportunity to gather feedback from our Development Commission and/or Village Board prior to making a full application which could require significant investment of time and money. We also identify any foreseeable issues, and based on feedback, ensure these are incorporated in the final design when submitted. Please call the department phone number for more information.

Pre-Application Meeting

The Village requires a pre-application meeting with staff from the Fire/Inspectional Services Deptarement, Public Works-Engineering Division, and Community Development to discuss the proposed project, identify any issues that may require amendments, address missing information, go over the submittal requirements, assess any required zoning relief and explain the development review process and the building permit process. Staff prepares an agenda and maps, takes meeting notes, and distributes to all in attendance to enable clear understanding of process and requirements, and whom to call for questions.

  1. Information Dispersion
  2. Census
  3. Mapping
  4. Annexations

Information dispersion efforts include:

  • Maintain FAQs on the web
  • Pre-Application Meetings
  • Respond to inquiries from residents, property owners, business owners, developers, other agencies, other departments, commissioners and board members via the phone, correspondence, email and counter
  • Update application forms