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Proviso Probe

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Forest Park ZBA considering changes to zoning rules

Citizens United in Forest Park sent out the following email:

The next two Zoning Board of Appeals meetings will be
public hearings to consider text and map amendments to
the zoning ordinance. Some of you may be interested in
attending and participating in these hearings. Over
the last year, there has been much talk about revising
the Zoning Ordinance. This is the first significant
public hearing in that direction. For those who feel
strongly about how our village manages change, growth
and development, I urge you to become a part of the

The complete agenda packet with related documents is
on the village website, forestpark.net. At the bottom
of the home page, click Village, from there, click
Commissions & Boards (on the left), then click Zoning
Board of Appeals (on the left), then ZBA current
agenda and supporting materials (in the center). This
document gives detailed explanation and justification
for these proposed changes.

Tomorrow, Monday, August 20th, will cover these
1. Expand the Zoning Administrator Hearing Process
for allowable modifications to non-conforming
structures to apply to all residential buildings
instead of just single-family buildings.

2. Modify non-conforming language as it applies to
the replacement of residential garages.

3. Evaluate possible additional public hearing notice
requirements that would require applicants to post a
sign on the lot.

At the September 17th ZBA meeting, the public hearing
will continue for the following two items:

4. Evaluate maximum lot coverage and minimum green
space requirements and to clarify what is and is not
included in lot coverage calculations.

5. Add "adult use" provisions in the Ordinance,
including a map amendment in the I-2 Industrial Zone
where these uses can be regulated.

The public hearing process allows for citizen input.
It's in our best interest to make the most of it.

Steve Backman

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