A Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combines zoning regulations and subdivision regulations, as well as other Village regulations such as design guidelines, sign regulations, and stormwater regulations into a single document. Zoning, which provides the foundation for the UDO, is a tool used to enforce planning decisions that can regulate the look and feel of an area, promote or restrict certain uses, and promote public health, safety, and welfare. With the completion of the Village Comprehensive Plan Update in 2016, a directive of the Plan was to update zoning, subdivision, and sign regulations for clear and modernized standards and efficient administrative processes. The Village will be working with a consultant on the project, Houseal Lavigne Associates, LLC, and estimates the project will take approximately two years to complete. More information on the UDO project can be found on the UDO Project Website.
Updated Draft District Standards and Zoning Map Workshop (November 2019): HLA has completed an update to the draft of the District Standards for the UDO, which include bulk and dimensional standards for all of the zoning districts, and an updated list of permitted and special uses for each zoning district. In addition, an updated zoning map has been prepared, which highlights the newly positioned B-1 Town Center District and newly created E Employment District, among other proposed zoning map amendments. The District Standards and Zoning Map will be reviewed at a special Plan Commission workshop on Monday, November 11, 2019, at 6:00pm at the Gregory J. Bielawski Municipal Center at 500 N. Gary Avenue (Joseph E. Breinig Board Room, 2nd Floor).
Draft District Standards Workshop (August 2019): HLA has completed the Zoning District specific standards section of the UDO, including updates to zoning district bulk and dimensional standards and the permitted and special use table, and presented the draft standards and the use table to the Plan Commission at a workshop on August 26, 2019. The draft standards and use table can be found at the UDO Project website. The next step will be for HLA to complete draft provisions specific to uses within various zoning districts, along with District specific standards for areas such as Village Overlay Districts, parking standards, and landscaping standards. These draft use provisions and standards are tentatively scheduled to be reviewed by the Plan Commission at a workshop in November.
Preliminary Recommendations Workshop (June 2019): HLA has completed a preliminary assessment of the Village's Zoning, Sign, Fence, and Subdivision Codes and presented their recommendations to the Plan Commission at their meeting on June 24, 2019. The memo can reviewed on the project website. The next step will be for HLA to complete draft District Standards later this summer.
Public Workshops (April 2019): Workshops were held on April 8, 2019 with the business and residential communities to provide an overview of the UDO process, and to seek input on challenges and issues with current codes and regulations. This input will be included in recommendations for the UDO. The consultants anticipate completing a diagnostic report with potential recommendations for the UDO in Summer 2019.
If you are unable to attend a workshop, you can still visit the project website to provide input. Simply click on “Get Involved” to fill out the UDO Questionnaire or use the map.social online tool to identify, categorize, and map out issues and opportunities related to zoning, subdivisions and signs in the community. Paper copies of the Questionnaire are also available at the Community Development Department counter, and can be picked up between 8:00am and 5:00pm weekdays.
If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact Tom Farace, Planning & Economic Development Manager at 630-871-6234 or complete the Community Development Contact form.