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Department of Community Development


DTMP Public Hearing Continued to 8/21/2014. The Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commission (ZBA/PC) and the Downtown Design Review Commission (DTDRC) conducted a public hearing on Thursday, June 26, 2014, for the proposed update to the Downtown Master Plan. The primary focus of this meeting . . . (click here to read more)

Stormwater Management - On June 2, 2014, during the Village Board meeting, the Village Engineering presented alternative methods for managing stormwater at the local level. Methods included the prospect of requiring and/or encouraging the installation of rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and dry wells systems on private property during new construction. These systems would be designed to temporarily detain stormwater on site, thus reducing the potential quantity of stormwater runoff impacting the immediate area during common rain events. Click HERE to view the slideshow presented at the 6/2/2014 Village Board meeting. The Village Board plans to continue this conversation on June 16, 2014 during their regular meeting. (POSTED 06/03/2014)

Proposed FAR/Text Amendment (Zoning Case #463) - On July 7th, 2014, the Village Board adopted ordinance 14-07-22 amending the Floor Area standards used for calculating the maximum size of a home. These new standards will come into effect after the new year 2015.  (UPDATED 07/18/2014)




The Community Development Department is located on the first floor in 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.