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Comprehensive zoning review continues

The first comprehensive review of Village zoning regulations since 2002 continues, 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 early in 2015 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 representatives of Village volunteer boards, commissions and committees, business interests, local activist groups, historic preservationists, real estate agents, 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 proposed Madison Street Zoning District was presented to the Plan Commission in December, with a recommendation to the Village Board planned for the first quarter of this year. A formal public hearing will be held before the Village Board considers revisions to the full zoning code sometime in mid-summer. In the meantime, property owners can learn more about the project and follow its progress via a dedicated website at, where presentations and reports are posted and public comments accepted. For more information, call 708.358.5440 or email