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Planned Unit Development (PUD) Approved for Central Business District

December 8, 2023

PUDOn December 7, the Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to approve a Preliminary Plan for the first Planned Unit Development (PUD) in the Village. A PUD is a type of special zoning use that grants flexibility in applying Zoning Ordinance standards, provided the development offers public benefits and serves the public interest.

The PUD will be a multi-family, mixed-use building at 28 and 30 E Burlington Street, in the heart of the Central Business District. The 5 story, 51,000 square foot building will contain 22 residential units, including two live/work units on the ground floor. The developer will rent the residential units as apartments.

The building is the first Transit-Oriented Development to be approved since the Village's Zoning Code was updated earlier this year to encourage new Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).

The development aligns with several of the recommendations in the Village of Riverside's Central Business District Plan and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)'s ON TO 2050 regional plan. Read more about the alignment with those plans here.

The approved Preliminary Plans and project information can be viewed using the links below.

Facts about the Development

  • Property Owner/Developer: Lion Development II, LLC
  • Location: 28 and 30 E Burlington Street
  • Site Size: 25,680 square feet, which is 0.59-acre
  • Building Height: 5 stories, 64 feet tall
  • Building Size: 51,000 square feet
  • Total Number of Residential Units: 22
  • Number of Standard Residential Units: 20 (6, 1-bedroom units; 6, 2-bedroom units; 7, 3-bedroom units; 1, 4-bedroom unit)
  • Number of Live/Work Units: 2
  • Number of Parking Spaces: 34 (19 spaces under the building, 15 surface parking spaces)
  • Distance to the Train Station: 0.2 mile, a 4-minute walk

Public Benefits of the Development

  • Filling a void in downtown Riverside
  • Adding vitality and promoting new growth in downtown Riverside
  • Providing new tax revenue
  • Enhancing the landscaping and the streetscape on E Burlington Street
  • Increasing stormwater filtration and storage
  • Providing an accessible building with fully accessible and adaptable units
  • Providing housing for those who want to age in place
  • EV charging stations
  • Ride-share vehicle parking space
  • Sustainable building systems

Next Steps

  1. The four parcels will be combined into one parcel. The application to combine the properties will be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Preservation Commission before the Village Board makes a final decision.
  2. By December 7, 2024, the property owner must submit a set of Final Plans for the Village Board's review. The Final Plans will be similar to the Preliminary Plans, but more detailed. The Village Board will review and make a final decision on the Final Plans. If the developer requests any deviations from the Preliminary Plans, those deviations must be also approved by the Village Board. 
  3. The developer will submit building permits to the Village and other agencies for review and approval.
  4. Development will begin. Regular updates on the development will be published on the Village website. 

Public Meetings

Four public meetings were held on this project:

  1. Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on April 26, 2023: Agenda and Meeting Video
  2. Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing (part 1) on September 27, 2023: Agenda and Meeting Video
  3. Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing (part 2) on November 29, 2023: Agenda and Meeting Video
  4. Board of Trustees meeting on December 7, 2023: Agenda and Meeting Video

Questions?

Please contact the Anne Cyran, Village Planner, at 708-447-2700 or at planner@riverside.il.us

Public Input Sought on East Quincy Streetscape Improvement Project

October 20, 2023

The Village is seeking input on the proposed improvements along East QuinE Quincy Streetscape - Project Diagram_reducedcy Street within the Central Business District.

The proposed improvements include resurfacing the street, installing porous pavers on the sidewalks, creating curb bump outs, planting new street trees, installing new raised planters, making the crosswalks more visible, installing new concrete driveway aprons, and relocating street lights.

Please submit your comments using this form to the Village by November 1, 2023. You can drop the form off at the Village Hall (27 Riverside Road), send it via mail, or send it via email to amonroe@riverside.il.us

The Project Diagram is also on display at the Riverside Library (1 Burling Rd) and the Parks and Recreation building (43 E Quincy St).

Questions? Please contact Anne Cyran, Village Planner, at 708-447-2700 or acyran@riverside.il.us

Zoning Text Amendment for Front Porch Standards in the R3 District

October 3, 2023

The Village is proposing the amend the Village's Zoning Code to revise the standards for porches for single or two-family dwellings in the R3 District. 

The application will be considered during the regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Room 4 of Riverside Village Hall, 27 Riverside Road. 

The full meeting agenda will be published on the Village's website by Monday, October 23, 2023.

After this meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation will be brought to a subsequent meeting of the Village Board of Trustees for final consideration.


Rezoning Application for 28 E Burlington Street

September 8, 2023

The Village received an application for rezoning 28 E Burlington, an undeveloped parcel owned by Lion Development II, LLC. The application is to rezone the parcel from R1-A to B2-RC. 

The application will be considered during the regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Room 4 of Riverside Village Hall, 27 Riverside Road. 

The full meeting agenda will be published on the Village's website by Monday, September 25, 2023.

After this meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation will be brought to a subsequent meeting of the Village Board of Trustees for final consideration.

Application for Planned Unit Development at 28-30 E Burlington Street

September 8, 2023

The Village received an application for a planned-unit development (PUD) at 28 and 30 E Burlington, contiguous undeveloped owned by Lion Development II, LLC. The application is related to Case PZ23-0007 to rezone a parcel at 28 E Burlington from R1-A to B2-RC, which will be held just prior to this public hearing.

The application will be considered during the regular meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Room 4 of Riverside Village Hall, 27 Riverside Road. 

The full meeting agenda will be published on the Village's website by Monday, September 25, 2023.

After this meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation will be brought to a subsequent meeting of the Village Board of Trustees for final consideration.

Variation Application for 2710 S Harlem Ave

August 30, 2023

The Village received an application for a variation at 2710 S Harlem Ave, an undeveloped parcel owned by the Village. The application is to allow a landscape buffer of less than 10 feet in width along a parking lot fronting Harlem Avenue. Section 10-9-5 (Perimeter Parking Lot Landscaping) of the Riverside Zoning Ordinance requires a parking lot landscaping buffer at least 10 feet in width along the portion of a parking lot fronting a public street.

The Village currently owns the property, but it is under contract to be purchased by the owner of 2720 S Harlem Ave. After it is sold, the new owner plans to build a parking lot on the property.

In 2022, the Village Board approved a variation on this property to allow the landscape buffer to be 8 feet, 10 inches wide. When the plans for the building permit were submitted, it was discovered that the lot is actually 1 foot smaller than originally assumed. The application proposes to reduce the landscape buffer by 1 additional foot to account for the smaller lot size.

The application will be considered during a special meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Friday, September 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Room 4 of Riverside Village Hall, 27 Riverside Road. 

The full meeting agenda will be published on the Village's website by Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

After this meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation will be brought to a subsequent meeting of the Village Board of Trustees for final consideration.

Updates to Residential Accessory Building Standards

March 2, 2023

The Village of Riverside has updated its Zoning Ordinance regarding accessory buildings, which are buildings that are not attached to a house, such as a freestanding home office or garage.

As more people spend at least a portion of the week working from home, the Village’s codes needed to be updated to allow more flexibility to create dedicated home office spaces. The update allows a homeowner to construct a new accessory building or convert an existing one to a home office. The space could also be used for any other residential activity, such as an art studio or playroom. They can have powder rooms, but they cannot have cooking facilities or kitchens. They cannot be used as sleeping rooms or dwelling units. Only Designated Historic Landmark Coach Houses are allowed to be used as separate residences.

New accessory buildings can be up to 800 square feet, but they must meet lot coverage and impervious surface limits. New accessory buildings can also be slightly taller, but taller buildings must be set back further from adjacent property lines. Residents may download a summary of the standards for accessory buildings. The full Ordinance is also available for review. Residents should review the Village's home-based business zoning requirements if they intend to use an accessory building for that purpose.

The Ordinance will be incorporated into the online version of the Village's Code in April 2023.

Village Sign Code Updates

March 2, 2023Projecting Sign

On February 16, 2023, the Riverside Board of Trustees approved an Ordinance to update the Village's Sign Code. The updates create standards for the new B1-TOD Subdistrict, update standards for the other B1 Subdistricts, and ensure the code is legally sound and complies with recent court decisions. As the RTA prepares the Harlem Avenue Corridor for enhanced transit services and Metra updates their station signage, the Sign Code updates ensure RTA and Metra's new signs will comply with the Village’s standards. The Ordinance will be incorporated into the online version of the Village's Code in April 2023.

Temporary Event Tents

March 2, 2023

The Riverside Board of Trustees recently approved a Zoning Ordinance update to allow more flexibility in the use of temporary event tents. The code now distinguishes between temporary storage tents and temporary event tents and has standards for temporary event tents. The Ordinance is available for review. The Ordinance will be incorporated into the online version of the Village's Code in April 2023.

Temporary event tents:festival tent

  • Do not require a building permit, but they must meet all applicable building and fire safety codes.
  • Can be installed up to two days prior to the event and must come down within two days after the event ends.
  • Can be installed for up to 7 consecutive days and up to 30 days total in a calendar year. 
  • Temporary event tents cannot be located in a street yard (the area between the front of a building/house and the street) unless given approval from the Zoning Administrator. 
  • Residential temporary event tents are allowed in street yards, as long as the tent is up for less than 24 hours.

Recent Zoning Code Amendments

February 6, 2023

On February 2, the Village Board voted to adopt Ordinances to amend the Village's Zoning Code.

One set of Ordinances is meant to encourage the development of commercial properties, particularly on Harlem Avenue, and make other changes to enhance commercial activity and the community's quality of life. Read the Ordinances here.


Another Ordinance will allow the use of accessory buildings on residential properties for home offices and other approved residential uses. Read the Ordinance here.

These Ordinances will be incorporated into the online version of the Village's Code in April 2023.

Community Survey on Harlem Avenue Uses and Development Types

February 2, 20235 Story Building

The Village of Riverside is revising the Zoning Ordinance to encourage the development and redevelopment of commercial properties on Harlem Avenue. The Village conducted a survey in November 2022, polling the community on the types of businesses and development that should be on Harlem Avenue. The results of the survey are available below:

Results of Community Survey on Harlem Avenue Uses and Development Types

The type of development on Harlem Avenue matters to the Riverside community not only because of the additional amenities for our residents but also from additional sales tax revenue generated and growth in the taxable value Equalized Assessed Valuation ("EAV") of those developments. New EAV increases the permitted tax levy and distributes more of the tax burden to others. For example, if residential density increases, then the Village is allocated more resources at the state level through the U.S. Census count. If retail uses are developed, then the Village would receive more non-home rule sales tax which can be invested in streets maintenance. Variety in development and redevelopment of properties can help the Village minimize changes to its tax levy and fees for services based on the distribution of resources available.