The Village of Oak Park works to maintain the character of the community by managing change through the Comprehensive Plan and business district plan recommendations. The Village also regulates development of private property through the Zoning Ordinance and Sign Code.
Major developments seeking relief from regulations are managed through a precise application and public hearing process. This Planned Development Process is applied to larger developments within the Village.
An applicant for a Planned Development typically is seeking relief from some aspect of the Zoning Ordinance such as height or set-back requirements. The applicant must demonstrate that the Village will receive compensating benefits in return for zoning relief. Conditions are negotiated between the landowner and the Village Board on a case-by-case basis.
The Village Board generally assigns planned development applications to the Plan Commission for review.