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Community and Economic Development

The Community & Economic Development Department is primarily responsible for activities related to:

There are many tasks that the Community & Economic Development Department is responsible for within each discipline.  Listed in the table below are the tasks that the department is responsible for broken down by area.


Economic Development Planning and Zoning
  • Business Recruitment
  • Business Retention
  • Market the Village
  • Communicate with the business sector
  • Provide a staff liaison to the CONECT Committee
  • Represent the Village at various regional events
  • Member of ICSC
  • TIF Administration and reporting
    • TIF Plans and Reports
  • Conduct various market studies
  • Connect resources to our local businesses

  • Process rezonings, variations, conditional uses, subdivisions, planned unit developments and text amendments applications to the Zoning Ordinance
  • Review new development proposals
  • Guide applicants through the entitlement process
  • Process site improvements plans (i.e. concept plans)
  • Long range and short range planning
    • Housing Study
    • Village Center and TOD Plan
    • Comprehensive Plan update
    • Lake Street Corridor Study
    • Irving Park Road Corridor Study
  • Coordinate with other departments
  • Coordinate with other agencies (IDOT, IEPA, Choose DuPage, MWRD, Cook County and DuPage County)
  • Information dispersion
  • Census Information
  • Mapping
  • Zoning Ordinance Administration
  • Staff liaison to the Development Commission
  • Annexations


Director of Community and Economic Development
Phone: (630) 823-5781
Village Planner
Phone: (630) 823-5779
Associate Planner
Phone: (630) 823-5783

Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone: (630) 823-5778
Department Phone: (630) 823-5780

Economic Development

      Business Recruitment
  • Attend International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) events, Chamber events, conferences/seminars, call potential businesses
  • Maintain the Available Sites database
  • Match requirements of retailers to properties that are available within the community
  • Pair up with other organizations to promote entrepreneurship within the Village
      Business Retention
  • Conduct a Business Retention Survey
  • Host one-on-one meetings with business owners
  • Keep businesses informed on current projects within the Village through the CONECT Committee meetings and events
  • Update the online Business Directory
  • Connect resources and information to local business owners
  • Maintain mailing lists for information dispersion (developer’s/broker’s list, property/business owner’s list, shopping center/property manager list)
      Marketing the Village
  • Develop brochures to distribute at conferences, seminars, meetings and online
  • Host Developer’s/Broker’s Breakfast & Tour
  • Attend/represent the Village in regional meetings
  • Ensure all application forms and handouts are available online
  • Edit and publish Hi-Lighter Newsletter
      Staff Liaison to the CONECT Committee
  • Host meetings with business owners
  • Present pertinent information to small business owners
  • Hold special events to promote community organizations and local businesses
    • Realtor and Business Reception (November)
    • Business After Hours (February)
  • Conduct welcome visits for new businesses
  • Coordinate Ribbon Cuttings
      Represent the Village at various regional events
  • Distribute marketing materials and other information at the ICSC and Chamber events
  • Attend chamber events and various seminars sponsored by DuPage Mayors and Manager’s Conference, Choose DuPage, Illinois Development Council, ICSC, etc.
      Member of ICSC
      TIF administration and reporting
  • Responsible for TIF administration and the annual TIF district reports
  • Conduct meetings with the Joint Review Board Committee Members (JRBs)
  Click here to read more about the Village Center TIF District Plan

       Continuous Learning
  • Courses, seminars, and conferences related to economic development
Planning & Zoning

       Process rezonings, variations, subdivisions, planned unit developments (PUD), and text amendments to the Zoning Ordinance
  • The petitions require research and analysis of the request versus the impact of approval of the proposed change.
  • Our department coordinates the plan review and comments from other departments and commissions on planning & zoning petitions (Public Works, Inspectional Services, Fire and Police).
  • Text amendments can be initiated either by the Village Board, the Development Commission or staff.  Amendments require research and analysis of codes of the surrounding municipalities to ensure our requirements are complementary with our neighbors.  Recently, we adopted several amendments to the Zoning Code in order to align with current development trends and to advance the Comprehensive Plan.
       Guide Applicants through the Entitlement Process/Review New Development
  • Guide applicants through the Development Review process if the development requires zoning relief for rezoning, variation, special use, subdivision, or Planned Unit Development.
  • If no zoning relief is required, then building permits for all work proposed are reviewed and approved for code compliance.
  • Hold meetings with the applicant and coordinate meetings with the Development Review Committee consisting of staff from every reviewing department.
      Process Improvements 
  • Concept Plan Review:  The Village offers a Concept Plan Review process, which allows the applicant an opportunity to gather feedback from our Development Commission and/or Village Board prior to making a full application which could require significant investment of time and money.   We also identify any foreseeable issues, and based on feedback, ensure these are incorporated in the final design when submitted. Please call the department phone number for more information.
  • Pre-Application Meeting:  The Village requires a pre-application meeting with staff from the Fire/Inspectional Services Deptarement, Public Works-Engineering Division, and Community Development to discuss the proposed project, identify any issues that may require amendments, address missing information, go over the submittal requirements, assess any required zoning relief and explain the development review process and the building permit process.  Staff prepares an agenda and maps, takes meeting notes, and distributes to all in attendance to enable clear understanding of process and requirements, and whom to call for questions.
       Long Range & Short Range Planning (i.e. TOD plan, Comprehensive Plan update)
  • Updated the Comprehensive Plan (RFP, consultant selection, meetings, process, etc.)
  • Implement and continuously evaluate the Village Center / Transit Oriented Development Plan
  Click here to read more about the Comprehensive Plan

Both plans were multi-year processes that involved significant public input, coordinating with the consultants who were contracted to prepare the study, multiple meetings with ad-hoc committees, our Village Board and Planning & Zoning Commission.
  • As staff to the Development Commission, we research information, and draft guidelines/requirements for various sections of the Zoning Code (Chapter 110 of the Municipal code)
      Zoning Code Administration
  • Answer questions related to the code
  • Review building permits for compliance with the Code
  • Review and Interpret the code
  • Propose text amendments to make the code user friendly and easier to administer
      Staff liaison to the Development Commission
  • Prepare all the documentation and staff reports for Planning & Zoning petitions
  • Coordinate the review and approval of all development petitions
  • Prepare text amendments for the Development Commission
  • Preparation, research and analysis for workshops the Commission holds
      Information Dispersion
  • Pre-Application Meetings
  • Update application forms
  • Maintain FAQ’s on the web
  • Respond to inquiries from residents, property owners, business owners, developers, other agencies, other departments, commissioners and board members via the phone, correspondence, email and counter
  • Work with the Census Bureau periodically to ensure the Census information is up to date and post it online.      
  • Create maps for development proposals, pre-app meetings, and various projects.
  • Update the Zoning Map annually with assistance from Public Works/DuPage GIS
  • Respond to mapping inquiries
  • Annexation requests involve the following steps, though no annexations have been processed recently:
  • Making sure a complete and accurate application is filed with the Village Clerk
  • Notify township/highway department, any fire, school, library district, if applicable
  • Prepare the affidavit of service, notarize and record the document
  • Prepare board packets and Annexation ordinance
  • Circulate Mylar for signature