Draft of revised zoning ordinance released; City to host open house events to present project, seek input

The City of Elmhurst has announced that the first draft of a newly revised zoning ordinance has been released. The City has been working with the consulting firm Camiros to comprehensively rewrite the City’s Zoning Ordinance for the first time since 1992.

Open house events will be held at Elmhurst City Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 21 from 3 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend to learn more about the project and provide input on the draft ordinance before ordinance is made final.

The updated Zoning Ordinance is expected to protect the desired patterns of development within the City and will serve to define the character of the City’s activity centers. In addition, it is designed to enhance sustainability, create new opportunities for economic development, and help make Elmhurst a more sustainable, livable, and business-friendly community.

In preparing the draft, the consultant reviewed current City Plans including the Comprehensive Plan, Downtown Plan and Subarea Plans. A review and analysis of the current zoning ordinance was completed along with a series of stakeholder interviews.

The entire draft ordinance, along with a document highlighting notable changes, the Technical Report and a narrated presentation on the draft can be found at elmhurstzoning.com.

If you cannot attend one of the open house events, comments and questions can also be submitted through the project website. Additionally, residents and business owners can sign up through the website for updates on the project.

Additional questions can be directed to Eileen Franz at 630-530-3121 or [email protected].