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Issue 5 - What does the Village Do? Part 2: Development Process
The Community Development Department reviews and approves commercial construction plans through a building permit to ensure compliance with all building codes (building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire, energy), and design requirements established by the Zoning Ordinance. Every project is different - a business may be looking to locate in an existing space or construct a new building. Most businesses are also required to submit an application for a business license. This process ensures that the business is appropriate for the location considered.

Small Commercial Projects

A project may just involve a new sign and minor improvements to an existing tenant space. This process involves the submittal of a commercial building and sign permit that is reviewed by staff. As long as the plans do not need revisions, a small commercial project may receive the permission to start their work in as little as 1 to 2 weeks.

Large Projects

For those projects that involve constructing a new building and related site improvements (i.e. a parking lot and landscaping), representatives of the potential business may be required to submit zoning applications to the Community Development Department and have their plans reviewed by the Woodridge Plan Commission with final approval by the Village Board. The Plan Commission serves as an advisory commission to the Village Board of Trustees and one of their primary functions is to review development proposals to ensure compliance with the Village’s zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations and the Woodridge Comprehensive Plan.

Some applications require a public hearing which includes notification of property owners within 500 feet, a sign on the property and notice in the newspaper. The typical Village zoning review process can take 2-6 months to complete between application submittal and Village Board consideration. The building permit process can also take several months to complete.

Many people are involved in the development review process including other agencies to ensure quality development in the community. It is what residents expect and what has proven successful for Woodridge businesses.

Code Amendments

Village officials proactively review the Village Code to make sure that local ordinances balance the community’s goals for high quality development with business needs. In late 2013, the Village Board approved an amendment to the sign code in response to concerns raised by local businesses. The Village worked with businesses to provide additional flexibility for signage without compromising the integrity of these regulations and community aesthetics.

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