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Zoning

The first Wilmette Zoning Ordinance was adopted in 1922.  The ordinance has been amended and re-written over the years, to its present form as Chapter 20 of the Village Code.  The most recent ordinance was adopted in 1990, with subsequent amendments.  The Ordinance provides for fourteen zoning districts in four general categories: five residential districts denoted R through R-4; five commercial districts denoted NR, NR-1, VC, GC1, and GC2; one office district denoted OR; and three planned commercial districts denoted PCD1 through PCD3. The majority of land located within the Village is zoned R1.  Please contact the Community Development Department to determine the zoning of your property.
 
The purpose of zoning is to control the use and development of land in such a way as to promote the community welfare and to protect the health and safety of our residents.  The Zoning Ordinance limits use and density to insure compatibility with existing development.  It is one of the tools used to implement the Comprehensive Plan, which is the long range plan for the Village.  The Zoning Ordinance is drafted in accordance with State law governing land use.
 
To accomplish the above mentioned goals, the Zoning Ordinance divides the Village into various zoning districts which permit and prohibit specific uses.  Each zoning district contains standards for development such as use, setbacks, building heights, lot coverage, minimum lot size, permitted encroachments, and floor area ratios.  These requirements protect open space and insure that development is orderly and consistent with surrounding uses and structures.  In addition, the Zoning Ordinance defines the administrative procedures and duties of staff and Boards and Commissions needed to implement the Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance also prescribes penalties for violation of the Ordinance.
 
Zoning does not regulate materials or manner of construction of a building.  These issues are regulated by the Building Code, Electrical Code, Plumbing Code and Fire Prevention Code.  Zoning does not regulate the design of streets, the installation of public utilities and related matters.  These items are regulated by the Village’s Subdivision Ordinance. While matters of aesthetics are not regulated by the Zoning Ordinance, design review is within the jurisdiction of the Appearance Review Commission, not the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Date Meeting Name Agenda / Minutes
4/2/2014 Zoning Board of Appeals  Agenda
3/19/2014 Zoning Board of Appeals  Zoning Board of Appeals
3/5/2014 Zoning Board of Appeals  Agenda
2/19/2014 Zoning Board of Appeals  Agenda
12/18/2013 Zoning Board of Appeals  Agenda
11/6/2013 Zoning Board of Appeals  Agenda
10/16/2013 Zoning Board of Appeals  Agenda

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