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Community and Economic Development

Development Commission

What is the Development Commission?

The Hanover Park Development Commission is a 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), text amendments, comprehensive plan amendments, and subdivision plats. Commissioners listen to the public, the petitioner, and the VIllage staff. All meetings are open to the public.

Variances are a device to alleviate unfairness in particular zoning cases.  For example, where a general requirement that all side yards be three feet wide would work 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 only standards.

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.


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.

Develoment Commission Members:
  • Virginia Wachsmuth, Chairperson
  • Arthur Berthelot, Commissioner
  • Mark Mercier, Co-Chair
  • Scot Neil, Commissioner
  • James Aird, Commissioner
  • Gary Rasmussen, Commissioner
  • Patrick Watkins, Commissioner
Development Commission Auxiliary Members:
  • Parthiv Patel, Auxiliary Commissioner
Staff Liaisons to the Development Commission
  • Shubhra Govind, Dir. Community & Economic Development
  • Katie Bowman, Staff Liaison
  • Tom Hatzold, Acting Chief of Inspectional Services
  • Kathleen Arnold, Secretary

     Meeting Dates and Times

The Development Commission meets the 2nd Thursday of every moth at 7:00 PM in Room 214 of Village Hall (2121 Lake Street).