Development Review Process

Before you open a new business, it is important to make sure the use is permitted within the zoning district in which the property is located. If you are building a new structure, adding to an existing structure, or developing vacant property, you may also need to submit a site plan and subdivide your property. This section briefly describes the zoning, subdivision, and stormwater management issues that you may encounter.

Access the full Unified Development Ordinance for more information.  Use this link to access the Adopted UDO.  Note that the stormwater management element of the UDO has not yet been adopted.  Contact Nick Christie, PE/Assistant Director of Public Works/ Assistant Village Engineer for detail on the Village’s stormwater management requirements (708/283-5644, nchristie@vopf.com

Review & Approval

The review of development proposals is the responsibility of a team of Village staff from the following departments:

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development and Planning
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Public Works
  • Recreation, Parks, and Community Health

Several types of planning approvals require review and approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Board of Trustees. The Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The Board of Trustees meets on the first, third, and fourth Mondays of each month.  

This web page will provide you with all the information you need to get started. If you have any questions as you get started on your project, call the Economic Development and Planning Department at 708-283-5622.

Getting Started

It is best to contact the Economic Development and Planning Department as early as possible in the planning process. Any information that is shared with staff will be kept confidential until formal applications for permits / approvals are submitted.   The Village realizes that confidentiality is very important in a competitive business and real estate climate and Staff will not violate your trust.

A typical development process for subdivision of land and/or new construction should generally follow these steps:

  • Become familiar with Village regulations and approval processes
  • Contact the Economic Development and Planning Department to set up a concept meeting with staff to discuss your project and verify approval requirements and time lines
  • Prepare detailed plans, including a site plan if needed
  • Submit preliminary engineering plans, if needed, for review and formal approval
  • Submit final engineering plans and building plans for review and approval
  • If applicable, establish appropriate letter of credit
  • After all permits are approved, begin construction

As you prepare your project, please remember that it is easier for the Village to respond quickly and with accurate information to a well thought-out plan. The more details that you can provide will help us ensure that you get complete answers and good directions from the beginning. Projects are not reviewed or entered into the approval process until all of the required information is provided.

For more information about each type of development approval, see the web page for Planning and Zoning Approval.  A brief description of each process is provided, along with links to the Unified Development Ordinance.

 Our Commitment to You

The Village of Park Forest and the Department of Economic Development and Planning are committed to helping you through the development approval process.

We will be upfront with information and will offer professional insight and advice relative to project approvals. We will treat each person who seeks assistance with respect and honesty. We take extreme pride in working to bring outstanding quality developments to Park Forest.