The Community Development Department is responsible for issues related to land use and development: administering the Village’s codes and standards as set forth in the Municipal Code and the CMAP Central Business District Plan; conducting long-range planning projects; reviewing development proposals; and implementing Village policies related to economic development, historic preservation, and land use; enforcing the building codes; issuing permits; conducting inspections of all phases of construction to ensure that building and fire regulations are being met to protect the safety, health and welfare of residents; and responding to questions about drainage. The Department also conducts annual business life safety inspections in conjunction with the Fire Department. The Department serves as the liaison for the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Preservation Commission, and the Economic Development Commission.
Bed and Breakfast License
The Village approved the bed and breakfast license ordinance in 2013. The license is valid for one year from the date of issuance. The license allows the owner/operator to provide sleeping accommodations in up to five (5) guestrooms without cooking facilities, and breakfast. No alcoholic liquor shall be sold or otherwise provided for use or consumption by registered guests on the licensed premises. Bed and breakfasts are permitted in business districts. They are a Special Use in residential districts and require additional approval from the Board.
Façade Improvement Grant Program
The Village is accepting applications for façade improvement grants for 2018. In the hopes that many businesses will take advantage of this opportunity, the Village has budgeted for $15,000 for the program this year. Exterior improvements include new signs, awnings, tuckpointing, window/door replacement, and other similar work. The Village will reimburse 50% of the costs up to a maximum of $5,000, with a minimum job value of $500.
Facade Improvement Grant Program Application