Planning and Zoning Commission

The Planning and Zoning Commission was created to hear matters and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning land use. Principally, these recommendations involve appeals of zoning interpretations and applications for variances from Chapter 62 (Zoning) of the Village’s Municipal Code.


7:00 PM on the Thursdays (usually the 4th Thursday of every month)

Edward Barcal Hall Board Room
Village Hall
8820 Brookfield Avenue, 
Brookfield, IL 60513

2023 Meeting Schedule

January 26 May 25 September 28
February 23 June 22 October 26
March 23 July 27 November 16
April 27 August 24 December 28


Please check the “calendar” page of the Village website to see scheduled meetings and cancellations. The meeting agendas and packets, and minutes and audio recordings of past meetings can be found on this webpage.


The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of 7 members appointed by the Village President. 

  • Charles Grund – Chair
  • Karen Ann Miller
  • Todd Svoboda
  • P. Christopher Straka
  • Mark Weber – Secretary
  • Ryan Evans
  • Patrick Benjamin


Jennifer Hendricks, Village Trustee- Village Board Liaison

Kate Portillo, Village Planner – Staff Liaison 


Public Hearing

A public hearing provides an official opportunity for public discussion on certain zoning petitions. The state of Illinois and the Village of Brookfield require notification prior to a public hearing. Three types of notices are required: posting a sign on the subject property, publication in a local newspaper (i.e. The Landmark), and written notice to all properties within 250 feet of the subject property. 


Public Comment

Anybody can provide comments about specific agenda items at the public hearing meeting in person, or by submitting written comments. Comments can be made at the public hearing about the specific agenda item. Each meeting also has a public comment section intended for general comments and suggestions.

Commenting in Person

  • Speakers will need to write their name on the sign-up sheet located near the Village Staff table. The Commission Chair will open the public comment and generally allow 3-5 minutes for each speaker. Avoid repeating comments previously heard. 

Commenting in Writing

  • If you have an interest in an agenda item but are unable to attend the meeting, email your comments to the Village Planner, Kate Portillo, or in writing to:
    Planning and Zoning Commission
    C/O Kate Portillo
    8820 Brookfield Avenue
    Brookfield, IL 60513


Typical Zoning Case Process 

Zoning Variations, Special Use, Zoning text/map Amendments, Planned Developments



Resident’s Guide to Public Hearing

Resident's Guide to Public Hearing Meeting


Commissioners must reside in the Village of Brookfield. They are volunteers that serve staggered 5-year terms. Any resident interested in serving on the Commission should send a cover letter and resume to the Village President.