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Comprehensive zoning review underway

Sept. 1, 2015 – The first comprehensive review of Village zoning regulations since 2002 is now underway, as efforts focus on revisions to better align local laws with recommendations in Envision Oak Park, the community’s long-range comprehensive plan adopted last year.

Camiros Ltd., a Chicago-based planning and zoning firm, was selected through a competitive process earlier this year to lead the zoning project. The goal, project planners say, is to help make Oak Park a more sustainable, livable and business-friendly community.

The process began with a review of the current zoning ordinance and land use patterns. In addition, interviews have been conducted with a wide range of stakeholders, including municipal staff, representatives of Village volunteer boards, commissions and committees, business interests, local activist groups, historic preservationists, realtors, developers, architects and neighborhood organizations.

Several drafts of the recommended changes will be presented to the public through a series of Plan Commission meetings and open houses where residents can learn more about the project and provide input. A formal public hearing also will be held before any recommendations go to the Village Board for final consideration

In the meantime, property owners can learn more about the project and follow its progress via a dedicated website at, where presentations and reports will be posted and public comments accepted.

“Since the current Zoning Ordinance and map were comprehensively reviewed and updated in 2002, the ordinance has been amended 20 times to correct issues and add information,” said Village Planner Craig Failor, liaison to the Plan Commission.

“Amendments always will be necessary from time to time. But the ordinance needs to be thoroughly reviewed and updated now to ensure important objectives in the comprehensive plan are realized. In addition, we need to address what is taking place currently in the marketplace and anticipate future development needs.”

For more information, call 708.358.5440 or email