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Development Regulations Update for Park Forest

The Village of Park Forest has prioritized livability since its inception as one of the first planned communities in the country.  Park Forest continues to make strides toward maintaining a high quality of life for its residents, redeveloping commercial areas, and employing green practices throughout the community.  To that end, Park Forest, in conjunction with CMAP, created and adopted a Sustainability Plan called Growing Green in 2011.  Now -- in order to better align the Village's zoning and subdivision ordinances with the Sustainability Plan, other recent planning documents, and current land use practices -- Park Forest is updating its development regulations.

With support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, this development regulations update will be built around a community-based process that reflects the interests and needs of both residential and commercial property owners, as well as other community stakeholders. Key themes of this ordinance update will include removing barriers to green practices, promoting sustainable development, and creating favorable conditions for the implementation of the Village's current planning documents.  In particular, regulatory revisions will focus on updating the Village's zoning districts; permitted uses; parking and loading; landscaping and buffering; signage; administrative provisions; and subdivision requirements.

This planning process consists of four main phases.  The first phase focuses on existing conditions, including an assessment of current ordinances, as well as stakeholder and public engagement. During the second phase, initial recommendations for zoning and subdivision code changes will be created and vetted with the project's steering committee and Village staff.  Third, a comprehensive revision of these ordinances will occur with an emphasis on making the regulations more user-friendly both for government and the business community.  Finally, the fourth phase will present the documents for public review and approval. 

Public Engagement

Upcoming Public Engagement

Please join staff from the Village of Park Forest and CMAP for an open-house style meeting to learn more about the draft Unified Development Ordinance and review the proposed zoning map.  Staff will be there to answer questions and accept comments on the draft Ordinance.

October 17, Village Hall (350 Victory Dr), 7:00 to 8:30 pm: Primarily for single-family residents south of Sauk Trail.

October 30, Calvary United Protestant Church (425 N Orchard Dr), 7:00 to 8:30 pm: Primarily for residents north of Sauk Trail.

November 2 Afternoon, Village Hall (350 Victory Dr), 2:00 to 3:30 pm: Primarily for commercial businesses and property owners.

November 2 Evening, Village Hall (350 Victory Dr), 7:00 to 8:30 pm: Primarily for multi-family owners (cooperatives, condominiums, and townhomes).

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Contacts

Hildy Kingma, Village of Park Forest, Director of Economic Development and Planning (hkingma@vopf.com or 708-283-5622)

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

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