Brookfield Development & Zoning Projects

Notable cases will be listed here. The complete meeting packet, meeting minutes, and meeting audio can be found under the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting date on the Board & Commission Meetings webpage

Each project must have a formal application submitted to the Village. Staff reviews the application for compliance and begins assessing the request. A case number is assigned and the case is scheduled as a meeting agenda item. Staff does any necessary research and writes a report summarizing the request and facts of the case. 

The Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) review the request, typically during a public hearing meeting. The PZC can vote to continue the case to their next meeting, or make a recommendation that is forwarded on to the Village Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees review and discuss the case at their Committee of the Whole Meeting. Trustees vote on the case at their next meeting. 

Once the Board of Trustees approves something, it is legally written into law through an ordinance. Before any construction work begins, any necessary building permits must be obtained. 

Please contact the Village Planner, Kendra Kuehlem, with any quesitons you may have about specific cases or general questions about the development process. 


Reviewing Request

Food Pantry Special Use

Address: 9030 Brookfield Avenue
Applicant: Share Food Share Love Food Pantry
Request: Special use permit to allow food pantry use 
Zoning District: SA 6- Residential Multi-Unit
Public Hearing Date: Planning & Zoning Commission on September 23, 2021
Next Meeting: Committee of the Whole on October 25, 2021 at 6:30pm

The applicant is seeking approval of a special use permit to allow a food pantry at 9030 Brookfield Avenue. They would continue their current hours of operation which are Tuesdays 7-9pm and Saturdays 10am-noon. Staff has determined that they require 5 parking spaces which can be accomodated with the angled parking along the BNSF/Metra rail. 


Vehicle/Bicycle Parking Credit Zoning Text Amendment

Address: N/A
Applicant: Village of Brookfield
Request: Amend regulation for required vehicle parking spaces when providing long-term bicycle parking
Zoning District: N/A
Public Hearing Date: July 22, 2021 and August 26, 2021
Next Meeting: Village Board on September 27, 2021 at 6:30pm

Staff has submitted a request for zoning text amendment to review, discuss, and amend parking regulations after different members of the community have expressed concern about the vehicle reduction allowed. The current regulation allows a reduction of one vehicle parking space for every six long-term bicycle parking spaces provided, however, there is not a limit to the number of vehicle parking credits a development can receive. 


Brennan Massage Sign Variance

Address: 3700 Grand Boulevard
Applicant: Abby Brennan
Request: Sign variance to allow larger projecting sign for business
Zoning District: SA 4a General Mix
Public Hearing Date: July 22, 2021
Approval Date: September 13, 2021

The applicant is requesting a variance from sign regulations to allow a larger size (12.5 square feet) than permitted in this zoning district for projecting signs (7 square feet). The single-family home structure that has been converted to commercial use creates unique challenges for signage for the business. 




8845 Burlington Apartments

Address: 8845 Burlington Avenue
Applicant: 888 Capital Construction and Development LLC
Request: Variance to allow a hybrid building type of Row & general style
Zoning District: SA 6- Residential Multi-Unit
Public Hearing Date: May 20, 2021 and June 24, 2021
Approval Date: July 26, 2021

Variance request to permit a hybrid building type of row and general (when row type is required). Outside of the variance request, the project proposal is to demolish the existing multi-unit residential building and construct a new 14-unit apartment building using modular construction (Homeaway Commercial). The building will include 1 and 2-bedroom units, long-term bicycle storage space, and 13 vehicle parking spaces will be provided on-site. The applicant is now applying for required Cook County and Brookfield building and construction permits.


3727 Sunnyside Apartments

Address: 3727 Sunnyside Avenue
Applicant: Michael Gatto
Request: Variance to reduce front build-to zone and parking requirement
Zoning District: SA 5-Residential Mix
Public Hearing Date: January 28, 2021 
Approval Date: March 8, 2021

The applicant requests two variations from the Village Code in order to construct a three story, 9-unit apartment building on the property with 10 vehicle parking spaces. The requested variations are to reduce the minimum primary build-to-zone coverage from 80% to 53% for better visual access coming out of the alley, and to locate 2 parking spaces in the side yard.


Cannabis Zoning Text Amendment

Applicant: Village of Brookfield
Request: Adopt recreational cannabis regulations
Public Hearing Date: October 24, 2019 and November 21, 2019
Approval Date: December 9, 2019

As a result of Illinois legalizing the possession and use of cannabis for residents of 21 years of age, Brookfield is choosing to “opt in” to allow recreational cannabis and design regulations for it. The request is for cannabis dispensaries to be allowed through a special use permit in the SA1, SA3, C1, C3, c4, and I1 zoning districts. 



Under Construction

Linda Sokol Francis Brookfield Public Library

Address: 3609 Grand Boulevard
Applicant: Brookfield Public Library
Request: Final Planned Development
Zoning District: A1- Single Family Residential 
Public Hearing Date: August 22, 2019
Approval Date: October 28th, 2019

The proposed development will include a two-story, 21,380 square foot library and a parking lot with public space. This planned development includes a request to: 1) allow a library in the A1 zoning district; 2)reduce the corner and side yard setback; 3) locate parking lot across the street from the principal building; and 4) increase the allowable sign size for the directional sign in the parking lot. 


Sign Code Text Amendment

Applicant: Village of Brookfield
Request: Update sign regulations village-wide
Public Hearing Date: July 25, 2019 and August 22, 2019
Approval Date: October 28th, 2019

An update and revision of the sign ordinance was identified in the Comprehensive Plan as a modernization effort. The amendment process began in February 2019 with a review of the existing conditions of signs in the Village.


3704 Grand Apartments

Address: 3704 Grand Boulevard
Applicant: RMG Realty Group
Request: Variance to allow reduction is front and side setback and additional semi-pervious lot coverage
Zoning District: SA- General Mix
Public Hearing Date: October 25, 2018 and November 15, 2018
Approval Date: December 10th, 2018

The applicant is seeking approval of zoning variations to reduce the front and side setbacks from 5 feet to zero. Additionally, the applicant requests an increase in allowable semi-pervious lot coverage of 20%. Outside of the variance request, the project proposal is to demolish the existing commercial building and construct a new mixed-use building with  commercial on the ground floor and 17 apartment units on the second and third floors. 

Any questions about recent or current development can be directed to the Village Planner.