College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Centers & Institutes > Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development > Programs > Development Award
The Village of La Grange earned this award for its outstanding administrative process to streamline the zoning variation process for minor adjustments to zoning regulations. This new process is to address competing issues of controlling bulk for teardowns/new construction and prompting protection of existing historic housing. As a result, the variation process has been simplified and shortened.
The committee was impressed that the village had adopted a staff review process that does not require the time and expense of a ZBA hearing. The process allows homeowners to update their properties with small additions, garages, unenclosed front porches which are consistent with the village's scale, character and charm. The streamlined zoning process encouraged improvements to historic residential properties in older neighborhoods.
The Village of Schaumburg earned this award for its excellence in the development review of the Woodfield Regional Center guidelines. The Woodfield Regional Center Overlay District (WRC) contains the Woodfield Mall as well as surrounding office, industrial, and retail/commercial space, including over 50 shopping centers and 20 hotels, a dozen car dealerships, and close to 200 restaurants. Therefore, quality design from a site layout, landscaping and architectural perspective is critical to the economic and aesthetic success of the area.
The committee was impressed that the informal, business friendly process is streamlined so proposals that are consistent with the design guidelines are approved quickly. In the 10 years since the village updated and revised the design guidelines, the new projects have met the village's aesthetic standards and the application of the guidelines has been well received by local businesses.