Community Development Department
Community Development Director: Jim Plonczynski
Assistant Community Development Director: Roberta Grill
The Community Development Department is responsible for planning, zoning, economic development, issuance of various permits, and property maintenance code enforcement issues. The eight full-time staff members handle numerous issues regarding residential, commercial, and industrial development projects, site plan reviews, comprehensive planning, bike path planning, and marketing to potential commercial and industrial developers. The department works with the Bartlett Chamber of Commerce on local business matters; educates residents in property maintenance matters; enforces subdivision, zoning, property maintenance, and sign ordinances; issues permits for signs, amplifiers and home based businesses (home occupations) . Staff works with developers within the Village’s Town Center Tax Increment Financing District, the Brewster Creek Business Park Tax Increment Financing District, the newly established Route 59 and Lake Street Tax Increment Financing District, the Bluff City Industrial Park with the Vulcan Materials underground mining operation, and the Blue Heron Business Park. The department also provides staff support to the Village Board, Economic Development Commission, Plan Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Upcoming Public Hearings - Information & Exhibits
@ Zoning Board of Appeals -- 12/5/2013 meeting
Case #13-21: Impervious Surface Standards for Single Family Zoning Districts – Text Amendment (see draft text)
Community Development News & Highlights
Seasonal Code Enforcement Reminders
* All RVs, boats, & trailers must be removed from driveways by November 1 and cannot be returned to driveways until May 1.
* Snowmobiles & trailers are allowed on driveways starting November 15 until April 15.
* Basketball poles/hoops are not allowed on any public streets, islands, curbs, parkways or sidewalks so they do not become a hazard for snowplows.
* Holiday lighting and displays are permitted on private property for a period NOT TO EXCEED 90 days.
Zoned for Business
Several new businesses recently opened their doors in the Village.
Bartlett’s Candy House is the new and improved candy shop downtown at 138 S. Oak Avenue. In addition to offering your favorite,
delectable retro candy treats, Bartlett’s Candy House also will carry fun kids stuff, like glow rings and swords. In addition, the business rents out party necessities, such as jumphouses, tents, tables, chairs, concessions and more. For more information and hours, call 630-777-7497, visit www.BartlettsCandyHouse.com or find them on Facebook.
Chef Kin is now preparing traditional Cantonese, Mandarin and Szechuan favorites with the freshest ingredients and highest quality meats at the Golden Bowl, 142 Bartlett Plaza in downtown. Delivery, carry-out and catering are available. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from noon to 9:30 p.m. and closed Monday. Visit www.goldenbowlbartlett.com to see the menu.
Sherwin-Williams has opened a new store in the Brewster Creek Center, 799 S. Route 59. Known for its superior paint quality and customer service, Sherwin-Williams is now conveniently located at the former Blockbuster Video site, near McDonald’s. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 630-372-8534 for more details.
ArtSpoken Dance Company has opened at 389 S. Prospect Avenue in the Devon-Prospect Plaza downtown. Director Melissa Barlow’s resume includes national titles and competitions with Mid-west Movement and Xtreme Dance Force. ArtSpoken offers ballet, hip hop, improv and other classes. For registration, schedules and hours, call 630-201-6016, check it out on Facebook or at www.artspokendance.com.
In addition, Bartlett Chamber of Commerce member Lauren A. Weitz, DDS, recently cut the ribbon on a brand new dental office at 1118 W. Schick Road in Bartlett. Pictured are Lauren Weitz DDS, Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace, and chamber and dental office staff.
Amended Commercial Vehicle Regulations
The Village of Bartlett Board of Trustees has amended the Zoning Ordinance with respect to the regulation of commercial vehicles, including those that contain equipment racks to carry commercial equipment and those that have signage and lettering on any side, front or rear of the vehicle. The amended Ordinance allows such vehicles to be parked or stored in a residential neighborhood if located within a fully enclosed garage or outside if they meet all of the following requirements:
- The commercial vehicle must display an “A”, “B” or “D” license plate; a commercial vehicle with a “D” license plate shall not exceed a height of eight (8) feet six (6) inches tall measured from the existing grade to the top of the vehicle roof
- The commercial vehicle must be parked on a paved surface at least ten (10) feet from the side or rear property line of the zoning lot
- The equipment and materials stored in the bed of a pick-up or flatbed truck must be covered by a commercially manufactured bed cap, cover (e.g., Tonneau cover) or tarp; and
- The commercial vehicle must be owned or legally controlled by one of the owners or occupants of the residence.
This Ordinance shall expire on September 7, 2013 and will likely be reviewed for its continued effectiveness and desirability prior to this expiration date. In addition, nothing prohibits the Village Board from re-establishing all or portions of the more stringent provisions of the Bartlett Zoning Ordinance that regulated the parking of commercial vehicles in residential zoning districts prior to the adoption of this amended Ordinance. The Board can also vote to renew this amended Ordinance in whole or in part or further amend it at any time in the future.
Village Team Tracks Bartlett Foreclosures
Bartlett was not immune to the foreclosure crisis that struck the country during the recent economic recession. Though smaller percentage-wise than many areas, the number of residential properties that have been foreclosed on continues to be an issue Village-wide.
To address this concern, staff from the Village finance, community development, public works and police departments and members from the Bartlett Fire Protection District were assembled and charged with developing a system to handle these properties.
The goal of this team is to minimize the community effects identified with foreclosures which include but are not limited to the following:
~ garbage and debris remaining after the residents move out
~ utilities left on becoming dangerous and causing property damage, basement flooding or fire hazard
~ deterioration of the structure/property
~ continued maintenance of the property (i.e. tall grass in summer)
~ squatters living in abandoned homes
~ taxes and bills not paid
~ negative impact on the surrounding properties in the neighborhood
The Foreclosure Team has successfully completed a database for foreclosed properties that includes the address, parcel number, bank/lender contact information, status of utilities (i.e. water and gas shut off), property inspection report on the condition of the site and other information necessary to avert possible future problems.
The 3/50 Project
The Village of Bartlett supports the 3/50 project. Bartlett residents are encouraged to shop and dine locally when possible in order to build a stronger, sounder local economy. For more information about the 3/50 project visit www.the350project.net.
You Should Know
The Community Development Department includes two full-time code enforcement officers, who are responsible for enforcing property maintenance and other health and safety ordinances in the Village.