Department of Community Development
Economic Outlook - On Thursday, February 27, an economic outlook luncheon was hosted by multiple area-chamber of commerce organizations, including our own, Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce. The keynote speaker, Mr. William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, presented his thoughts and forecasts for our national economy. A copy of his presentation can be found here. (POSTED 02/28/2014)
Proposed FAR/Text Amendment (Zoning Case #463) - On October 17 the Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission began a public hearing regarding the Village's current zoning regulations governing floor area and floor area ratio standards (20.5.4C) and various other related zoning provisions. The hearing was continued to and discussed again during the December 18 ZBA/PC meeting. During that meeting the hearing was again continued to March 20, 2014 in order to allow staff seek input from the home design and builder community. (UPDATED 02/22/2014)
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
The Community Development Department is located on the first floor of the Village Hall, One North Prospect Avenue. The department is responsible for plan review, permit issuance, and code inspection services for all new construction and remodeling projects. The types of improvements that require a permit are new houses, additions, interior alterations, garages, decks, electrical and plumbing work, commercial buildings and build-outs, in-ground irrigation systems, driveways, and signs.
The Department is headed by the Community Development Director, who also serves as the Building Commissioner and staff liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission, Downtown Design Review Commission, and Economic Development Commission. A full-time building assistant provides building permit and inspection scheduling assistance at the front counter and over the phone. Part-time building, electrical, and plumbing inspectors provide construction inspection services. The Department contracts with an architectural firm and an engineering firm for plan review services.
The Department also handles all planning and zoning matters, including requests for variations, rezoning, special uses, subdivisions, business and contractor licensing, and issuance of certificates of occupancy for new businesses. Informational handouts and various required forms for building permits, zoning processes, and licensing are available online and at Village Hall.