Village Considering Development Options

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Village officials in May heard a presentation about the benefits of Planed Unit Development (PUD) districts. OHM Advisors, the consultants who spearheaded the Village's visioning planning efforts last year, discussed the benefits of PUDs at the May 4 Zoning Commission meeting.

Justin Robbins, of OHM Advisors, told the Zoning Commission that national trends show "Boomers and Millenials tend to want the same things," which include living within an easy walk of certain places, including entertainment, retail, and medical services. It was also one of the top requests in last year's Village Visioning Plan.

"A lot of things in the vision plan would not be allowed in your current (zoning) codes," Jim Houk, of OHM Advisors, said.

If the Village were to make changes to the zoning code to allow for PUDs, developers would be able to request "a mixture of compatible uses not otherwise allowable in the zoning code," according to Robbins.

This could include mixed use in the same building, such as retail or commercial on the first floor with residential units on the second and third. With a PUD the Village would also be able to be very specific as to what materials would be used and green space design for specific projects.

"We would be signaling to developers we are open to your ideas," Mayor Kevin Gilmore said.

The next step in the process is for OHM to give the Village proposed changes to the Zoning Code which would be reviewed by the Village Solicitor.

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