The newly updated Village of Bensenville Zoning Ordinance was adopted by the Village Board on December 18, 2018.
In the preceding decade, the Village of Bensenville experienced several, unique challenges that impacted its development character, economy, and social fabric. In response to these challenges, Bensenville demonstrated extraordinary foresight in understating initiatives that look at short- and long-term revitalization strategies for its industrial areas, commercial corridors, downtown, and aging infrastructure. The Village r adopted the Bensenville Comprehensive Plan in 2015 and has already undertaken initiatives towards implementation by adopting a Homes for a Changing Region Plan later in 2015. Bensenville partnered with CMAP again as part of the Zoning Ordinance update project to better align the Village's zoning ordinance with its comprehensive plan, other recent planning documents, and current land use practices.
With support from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, this zoning ordinance update was 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 the ordinance update were 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 focused on updating the Village's zoning districts; permitted uses; parking and loading; landscaping and buffering; signage; and administrative provisions.
This planning process consisted of four main phases. The first phase focused on existing conditions, including an assessment of the current ordinance, as well as stakeholder and public engagement. During the second phase, initial recommendations for zoning code changes were created and vetted with the project's steering committee and Village staff. Third, a comprehensive revision of the ordinance took place with an emphasis on making the regulations more user-friendly both for government and the business community. Finally, the fourth phase presented the document for public review and approval.