Development Commission

Regular Meetings

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Virginia Wachsmuth, Chairperson
  • James Aird, Co-Chair
  • Kathleen Arnold, Commission Secretary
  • Arthur Berthelot
  • Shubhra Govind, Director Community and Economic Development
  • Tom Hatzold, Chief of Inspectional Services

  • Scot Neil
  • Parthiv Patel, Auxiliary Commissioner
  • Trustee Herb Porter, Village Board Liaison
  • Gary Rasmussen
  • Joe Serauskas
  • Jonathan Stytz, Assistant Staff Liaison
  • Patrick Watkins

Commission Membership Information

The Development Commission consists of seven members and three auxiliary members. The auxiliary members are appointed to make sure quorum is met in the case of absentee members. All members are appointed by the village president and confirmed by the board of trustees.

One member is named by the village president as the chairperson and one as vice-chairperson. Regular members serve a three-year term and auxiliary members serve one-year terms. All members are residents of the Village of Hanover Park. They are trained, interested, or experienced in zoning and land use issues for development.


The Hanover Park Development Commission is a public hearing body that makes recommendations to the president and the board of trustees. The Commission utilizes the Village’s Comprehensive Plan recommendations to provide long-term policy direction. It conducts public hearings on all petitions for zoning variations, special uses, planned unit developments, rezonings (zoning map amendments), and text amendments. All meetings are open to the public.

A variance in a tool to relax certain regulations in particular cases. For example, all side yards must be three feet wide. However, this may be a hardship because one or two lots might have a shape that was not consistent with the standard pattern. Permission could be granted to depart from the standard rules. "Practical difficulties" or "particular hardship" are generally the standards for approval. Note, not all variance requests may be granted.

Special use is a category of use (i.e., house, gas station, restaurant, etc.) proposed within a zoning district (residential, commercial, light industry, etc.) that does not meet standard requirements and which will require additional requirements. A review ensures the design and location do not impinge greatly upon the predominant uses in the particular zoning district.