Village Adopts ‘Zoning Modernization’ Ordinance to Promote Transit-Oriented Development

On January 9, 2017, the Village of Brookfield Board of Trustees adopted state-of-the-art Zoning Modernization that will streamline the development review process for all new construction in the 3 business districts adjacent to Brookfield’s 3 Metra train station depots. By streamlining and improving the development process in tandem with construction and design standards, the Village will facilitate quality development around the train station areas and ultimately improve the business districts for pedestrians, shoppers, and commuters.

According to Village Manager Keith Sbiral, the completed ordinance “is the culmination of an incredible effort by staff and Village officials and members of the public who attended many public meetings. The result is a truly modern ordinance that will make it easier for developers to build attractive, high quality buildings by right, meaning that there will be fewer cases where building proposals need to have special reviews by our Planning & Zoning Commission.” With approvals by right, developers will see faster reviews, obtain faster approvals and have clearer design standards and this consequently means more certainty for developers and a friendlier investment environment for developers. Sbiral added that “by adopting the Zoning Modernization ordinance, the Village becomes one of a very small number of communities in greater Chicago with a modern ordinance” that applies best practices as espoused by national organizations such as the American Planning Association.

The Village Board adopted an ordinance that results in a text and map amendment to the existing Zoning Code.

For more information please refer to the following press release.

ZM Press Release 1.17.16