Development Commission

Regular Meetings

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Full Members

  • Joe Serauskas - Chair
  • Patrick Watkins - Vice-Chair
  • Ray Alvarez
  • Tom Clark
  • Theresa Palazzo
  • Helen Pazon
  • Tom Fortney

Auxiliary Members

  • Scot Neil
  • Chris Bjorkman
  • Vacant

To apply for vacant positions, please contact Community Development at 630-823-5780.


  • Shubhra Govind - Director Community and Economic Development, Staff Liaison
  • Alex Schwartz - Village Planner
  • Kathy Sjodin - Admin Assistant, Commission Secretary
  • Trustee Syed Hussaini - Village Board Liaison

Commission Membership Information

The Development Commission consists of seven members and three auxiliary members. The auxiliary members are appointed to make sure quorum is met in the case of absentee members. All members are appointed by the Village President and confirmed by the Board of Trustees.

One member is named by the Village President as the Chairperson and one as Co-chairperson. Regular members serve a three-year term and auxiliary members serve one-year terms. All members are residents of the Village of Hanover Park. They are trained, interested, or experienced in zoning and land use issues for development.


The Hanover Park Development Commission is a public hearing body that makes recommendations to the Village President and the Board of Trustees. The Commission utilizes the Village’s Comprehensive Plan recommendations to provide long-term policy direction. It conducts public hearings on all petitions for zoning variations, special uses, planned unit developments, rezonings (zoning map amendments), and text amendments. All meetings are open to the public.

A variance in a tool to relax certain regulations in particular cases.  However, this may be a hardship because one or two lots might have a shape that was not consistent with the standard pattern. Permission could be granted to depart from the standard rules. "Practical difficulties" or "particular hardship" are generally the standards for approval. Note, not all variance requests may be granted.

Special use is a category of use (i.e., car wash, gas station, restaurant, etc.) proposed within a zoning district (residential, commercial, light industry, etc.) that is not denoted as a permitted use in that particular zoning district or does not meet standard requirements. For these proposed uses, additional requirements will be necessary and staff review will ensure the design and location do not impinge greatly upon the predominant uses in the particular zoning district.