Planning, Land-Use, & Zoning

Zoning is the regulation of land uses (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.). The Village of Brookfield Zoning Ordinance establishes land use classifications or “zoning districts,” and regulations for those districts in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the community, and to protect neighborhood character and sustainability.



Zoning is the laws that control how land is used and developed in certain areas, or districts, of a specific area like a city or town. A zoning ordinance or code is where are the very specific rules are organized. 


Brookfield Zoning

The Brookfield Zoning Ordinance is Chapter 62 of the Village Municipal Code. As part of the 2017 zoning modernization efforts, a form-based zoning code was developed for areas surrounding the Metra stations and Ogden Avenue. The Station Area Districts Plan is apart of the Zoning Ordinance, but can be downloaded as a separate document. 


What is the zoning for a Brookfield Property

Search a Brookfield address using the community portal to figure out what zoning district that property is located in.


Current Zoning Map:

(click image to view PDF document)

Development Applications and Procedures

Special Use Application
Sign Variance Application
Variance Application
Planned Development Application
Zoning Text/Map Amendment Application

Applicants should plan for a 2-3 month process from submittal until the final decision on the matter.

All applications should be fully completed and submitted at least 3 weeks before the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. (Meetings are held monthly on the 4th Thursday. Yearly schedule is posted online here.) Staff may request earlier submittal to allow ample time for review.  

After a recommendation is made by the Planning and Zoning Commission, the case goes on to the meeting of the  Committee of the Whole, then the Village Board regular meeting. (Village Board meetings are held twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month. Yearly schedule is posted online here.) 

The applicant should be prepared to provide information about the request and answer any questions. An application does not guarantee approval of the request.


Committees and Commissions

The Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) is responsible for reviewing proposals regarding property development and holding public hearings on zoning matters. Meeting agendas are posted at least 48 hours in advance of meetings and can be viewed online on the this webpage.


Plans and Policies 

Long-range planning efforts implement the visions and goals of the community through Village-adopted documents and plans. These plans often take several months, or years, to complete making sure there is community outreach and thoughtful recommendations. 


Brookfield Comprehensive Plan

A community-wide plan establishing the vision and goals for the future. Replaces the 2020 Master Plan completed in 2004.
See Frequently Asked Questions about the Comp Plan for more info
Subarea Design Manual

Builds on the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan, focusing on 4 core areas within the Village: Downtown, 8 Corners, Ogden, and 31st Street
Station Area District Form-Based Zoning Code 

As a result of Village zoning modernization efforts, form-based zoning regulations were established for areas around the Metra stations and along Ogden Avenue
Parking Study
Assessment of available parking for Downtown and 8 Corners

Dog Park Exploratory Report

Intern project exploring the feasibility and interest of a dog park in Brookfield
Open Space Plan
Helps identify and guide development near/around and protection of open lands
Brookfield Design Guidelines
Standards for park and streetscape design that establishes consistency across the Village
Active Transportation Plan
A plan for prioritizing infrastructure improvements and multiple modes of transportation
Ogden Avenue Corridor Plan
Adopted by Resolution on June 13, 2022

See the plan here
Plan assesses current conditions of the Ogden Avenue corridor, presents a community-supported vision for the future of the corridor, and provides recommendations and implementation steps to enhance the corridor.


Other Long-Range Plans

Additional long-range plans that affect the Village of Brookfield

Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region
(MMC & NOAA, 2021)

One of the first regional climate plans in the United States identifying goals for the future of the region, how to get there, and why it is important. 
On To 2050 Chicago Regional Comprehensive Plan
(CMAP, 2019)

CMAP On To 2050 Chicago Regional Comprehensive Plan

A plan for the Chicago region establishing the vision and goals for the future, and how to get there. Replaces the Go To 2040 regional plan form 2010.
Cook County Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan (Forest Preserves of Cook County, 2018)

Plan identifying how to reduce the Forest Preserves’ greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050
Cook County Long-Range Transportation Plan
(Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, 2016)
A plan for prioritizing infrastructure improvements and multiple modes of transportation throughout Cook County
Cook County Trail Master Plan
(Forest Preserves of Cook County, 2014)
This plan will recommend new policies for managing trails, create a process for assessing requests to improve unrecognized trails and prioritize future capital improvement projects to enhance the system
Lower Salt Creek Watershed Plan
(CMAP, 2018)
Recommendations to restore and protect the water quality of Salt Creek and its tributaries that ultimately drain to the Des Plaines River
Cook County Stormwater Management Plan
(MWRD, 2014)
An organizational plan for the overall framework for the countywide stormwater management program