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A Zoning Ordinance for Berwyn

The City of Berwyn is committed to promoting a sustainable environment that enhances vitality and quality of life. The City recently created and adopted the Berwyn Comprehensive Plan. The City has already undertaken initiatives to revitalize commercial centers and install bike signage to promote safe biking. Now, the City is working toward another major Comprehensive Plan recommendation: revising its zoning ordinance.

With help from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, the City of Berwyn, Berwyn Development Corporation (BDC), and community stakeholders adopted comprehensive updates to its Zoning Ordinance and Sign Ordinance, advancing a number of objectives of the Berwyn Comprehensive Plan. The ordinance update implements the long-term vision established in the Comprehensive Plan. Specific topics addressed include zoning districts; permitted uses; parking and loading; landscaping and buffering; and signage requirements.
 
The planning process to revise the ordinance included four main phases. The first phase consisted of a detailed existing conditions review, which built upon the information compiled during the comprehensive planning process. Phase two focused on creating and vetting initial recommendations; these recommendations were based on findings from the existing conditions analysis, stakeholder interviews, and public workshops. The third phase comprehensively revised the Zoning Ordinance, with an emphasis on streamlining and modernizing regulations and making the document as user-friendly as possible. The fourth and final phase presented the document for public review, revision, and approval.
 

Contacts

Anthony Griffin, Executive Director, Berwyn Development Corporation (AGriffin@berwyn.net or 708-788-8100)

Jacob Seid, CMAP Senior Planner (jseid@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8646)

For more on the project and upcoming events, follow CMAP's Twitter feed at @GOTO2040 and hashtag #CMAPLTA for the latest updates.

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